Shirley Jean May

Shirley Jean May of Burns, Oregon died on September 17, 2019. Born to George and Gertrude Briese June 26, 1936 in Dawson, North Dakota, Shirley attended Sibley High School graduating May 21, 1953 with 9 other classmates.

Shirley met Thomas O. May in Columbus, Ohio and they married on April 25, 1958. They had five children and lived in North Dakota, Montana and finally settled in Cottage Grove, Oregon until retirement when they moved to Golden Valley, Arizona.  

Shirley was actively involved in the Cottage Grove Riding Club, volunteering her time during the Cottage Grove Rodeo and Western Horseman of Oregon horseshows.  She enjoys sports and attended most of her children’s ball games and track meets during their high school years.  She worked at the Pioneer Casino gift shop in Laughlin, Nevada for many years before fully retiring in 2008.

Shirley Jean May is survived by her daughters Pamela Fortenberry of Sweet Home, Oregon; Lori Titus and her husband Tim Titus of Burns, Oregon; Carla Meyers and her husband Michael Meyers of Curtis, Nebraska and her son Steven May and wife Charlotte May of LaPine, Oregon; 13 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren plus numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas O. May and son Thomas D. May. 

Shirley requested no service on her behalf, but contributions may be made to Harney County Hospice, 415 N Fairview, Burns, OR 97720.