Ema Lee May


Ema Lee May, age 73, died Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Orem, Utah, after a lifetime struggle with diabetes. She passed away during a heart procedure at Timpanogas Hospital. Born March 28, 1946, in Delta, Utah, to Morgan and Eunice Anderson May. Ema grew up on a farm where she loved to be with animals. She had a special horse named Cutie and loved to saddle her horse and ride on great adventures, even if it was just around the farm. She attended Sutherland Elementary, Delta High School and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education from the College of Southern Utah. She served a mission for the LDS Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Ema taught school in Tooele, Vernal, Roosevelt, and taught the children of the Indian Reservation and was a great champion for them. After she retired from fulltime teaching, she ran a preschool in the areas where she lived for the neighborhood children and her nieces and nephews (who affectionately still call her Aunty Em). Ema spent her last years in assisted living facilities where she cared for and made many friends. She loved gardening. No matter where she lived, she planted and shared the beauty and produce. She always had a twinkle in her eye and a unique sense of humor. Ema never married and she insisted her husband (whom she never met) was killed in World War II.

Survived by brother: Donald (Peggy) May of Fresno, CA; sister: Darleen (Dale) Workman of Provo; sisters-in-law: Ora Mae May of Overton, NV; Della May of Spanish Fork; and Jeanie May of Cedar City; and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents; brothers: Richard, Kenneth, and Jay May; sisters: Flora (Rex) Wood and Judy (Lon) Dyer. The family expresses thanks to the caregivers at Bel Air Assisted Living in Orem for their special loving care.

Funeral: Thursday, June 6, at 4 p.m., at the LDS Church at 2900 Timpview Drive, Provo. Viewing: Thursday, 2:30-3:40 p.m., prior to the service. Burial: Friday, June 7, at 11 a.m., at the Sutherland, Utah, Cemetery. Condolences may be left at http://www.nicklemortuary.com.