Barbara McInturff May, 85, of Zion Crossroads, passed peacefully at home, surrounded by her family, on July 14, 2020. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend who will be missed more than words can express. She was a constant ray of light to all in her life.
Barbara was born in Linville on March 27, 1935. She was raised in Rockingham County and always spoke about her childhood fondly. She graduated from Montevideo High School in 1952 and worked for a short time in Pennsylvania before attending and graduating from beautician school in northern Virginia. She then met the love of her life, Wilbur May, and they were married in 1957. They started a family, raising four children together. She later completed her business degree at Piedmont Virginia Community College and worked in account services for University of Virginia college dining until she retired.
Family and church were extremely important to Barbara and were her main focus in life. She loved cooking and baking, especially for and with her family; gardening; reading; solving and putting together challenging puzzles; multiple types of craft work; and spending time with her family. Barbara and Wilbur loved to travel the country together, often taking her mother and sister-in-law with them. They visited almost all 50 states. She was a long-time member of Mechanicsville Baptist Church, where she served many years as a deacon and on multiple committees, including WMU and Goshen. She was always thinking of how she could help others and of ways to make others happy.
Barbara is preceded in death by her parents Edward Kern and Mary Hilda McInturff; husband Wilbur Ray May; daughter Cassandra Keys; granddaughter Cera Woodson; sister Catherine McInturff; and brothers James, Donald and Daniel McInturff.
She leaves to cherish her memory: siblings Mike McInturff (Joyce), Betty King (David), Joyce Suter (Charlie) and Larry McInturff (Joanne); sister-in-laws Elaine McInturff, Joan McInturff, Vangie Monger and Reba Stroop; children Ray May (Wanda), Lucinda Woodson (Junior) and Mike May (Teresa); grandchildren Melinda (Snuffy), Wilbur (Shenoah), Thomas, Jennifer, Joseph, Michelle and Rebecca (Adam); great-grandchildren Oriya, Aelynn, Leyona, Diamond, Ethan, Nutayla, Major and Addison; as well as a multitude of nieces and nephews.
Donations may be made to Mechanicsville Baptist Church: 10200 Louisa Road, Gordonsville, VA, 22942. The family would like to thank the staff at Hospice of the Piedmont for helping Barbara and her family during the last weeks of her life, as well as the staff at Preddy Funeral Home in Gordonsville, for helping to fulfill her final wishes.
“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk through my garden forever.” – Alfred Lord Tennyson