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Dorothy I. (MacKay) May

Dorothy I. (MacKay) May, 75, of Ipswich, died Sunday April 17, 2011 in the Beverly Hospital as a result of complications from treatment of breast cancer. She was the wife of the late Norman A. May.

Born in Ipswich November 7, 1935 she was the daughter of the late Reginald and Dorothy A. (Conant) MacKay. Upon graduation from Ipswich High School in 1953, Dotty worked for the John Hancock Agency in Boston, while living on Commonwealth Avenue. Soon after, she met and married Norman “Butch” May. They held a beautiful and memorable wedding at Crane’s Castle.

Dotty had a love of the ocean and, with Butch, purchased their first home on Plum Island where they started a family. Many memories were cast here with friends and family—camping, fishing, and enjoying the beach. Dotty also spent many happy times in Alton Bay, NH, and with friends and relatives in Maine.

Eventually moving back to Ipswich, the Old Right Road homestead was a labor of love for Dotty and Butch. Sadly, Butch passed away in 1985, but Dotty never ceased to provide strength and stability for her daughters. Dotty worked for Salter during this time and will be remembered by many as “Mrs. May”, their smiling school bus driver. More recently, she worked at Southside Greenhouses.

Dotty loved all animals, gardening and nature, and was an avid sports fan. She especially loved watching her New England Patriots with her cat “Bledsoe”.

Dotty will be remembered most for her unselfish desire to help and care for others. She dedicated her life to her family, her mother Dorothy, and most recently as a special Grammy to her grandchildren and grandpets. Her IHS yearbook described her as, “cute and vivacious Dotty—with a sparkling sense of humor”. Her friends and family can attest to her thoughtful and charming personality. Above all, she loved making others happy. Her giving and loving spirit will be sorely missed and remembered by all.

She is survived by two daughters, Rebecca May and Suzanne (May) Herron and her husband Tom; her  beloved grandchildren, Tommy and Hannah Herron all of Ipswich;  a sister, Kathleen (MacKay) Lifman and her husband Frank  of FL, and many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Barbara (MacKay) Brewer, Robert MacKay, and Judith MacKay.

A memorial service in celebration of Dotty’s life will be held Saturday, April 30th, at 11:00 am at the First Church in Ipswich, Meetinghouse Green, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Ipswich Humane Group, 17 Fowler’s Lane, Ipswich, MA 01938 or the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02215-5450.

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