Betty Jean (Weber) May, 89, passed from this earth on Aug. 11, 2018. She was born Oct. 12, 1928, on a farm in rural Marion County to George J. and Leah (Vogel) Weber. She was the youngest of five children. Two sisters, Alvina and Mae, died at birth.
Betty was a former Director of Nursing for Marion Manor and Peabody Nursing Home. She attended Dobbs one room school house for eight years, walking two miles to school each day. She graduated from Marion High School.
She married Francis Leroy May on May 4, 1946, in Lyons, Kansas. They celebrated 55 years of marriage. To this union, they had four children, Stanley, Steven, Gregory, and Jeanne.
Betty was a member of Marion Christian Church for 56 years.
After raising her four children, she pursued her lifelong dream to attend Hesston College Nursing School and graduated in 1984, receiving her RN license at the age of 56. She retired at 72 to care for her ailing husband until his death in 2001.
Prior to her nursing profession, she worked for Dr. Eugene Vinduska in Marion for many years, Alco Discount Store in Newton, and J.C. Penney’s in Newton.
Another dream Betty and Francis had was to build a house on Main Street in Marion. Many hours enjoyment were spent visiting with family, friends, and neighbors on the front porch and watching traffic drive by.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, George and Leah; brother Vernon; sister, Violet; husband, Francis, and son, Stanley.
Survivors include daughter-in-law Donna May of Marion; sons Steven and his wife, Missy, of Marion; and Gregory and his wife, Melinda, of Leon, Kansas; daughter Jeanne and husband, Brant Bergren, of Newton; 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Services were Tuesday, Aug. 14, at Marion Christian Church. Interment will follow the services at Marion Cemetery.
Memorials can be made to St. Luke Living Center, Marion.