Birdee MaySeptember 2, 1911 – July 23, 2006
Birdee D. Meyers May passed away July 23, 2006.Birdee May was born Sept. 2, 1911, in Hendley, Neb., to Frank L. Meyers and Lillie Boop Meyers. She attended schools in Hendley and Beaver City, Neb., and graduated from Beaver City High School in 1927. She was united in marriage to Harold I. May on April 5, 1931, in Arapahoe, Neb. The marriage ended in divorce.During World War II, the family moved to Oklahoma and California, where Birdee worked as a “Rosie the Riveter” in the defense plants. After the war, the family moved to Colorado and lived in Clifton, Rifle and Denver.She earned her nursing degree in 1972 from Mesa State College in Grand Junction. She practiced her nursing skills at Glen Valley Nursing Home in Glenwood Springs, and at E. Dene Moore Nursing Home in Rifle, where she was director of nursing until her retirement.Birdee traveled all over the western United States in her motor home, even driving it from Rifle to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. She also traveled to Australia, New Zealand, England, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Hawaii and the Philippine Islands. She took a raft trip down the Grand Canyon at age 60, and walked the 11 miles out of the canyon rather than ride on the back of a mule.After her retirement, she lived in Rifle, spending winters in Arizona.She was very active in the Rifle Senior Center, continuing to play cards and socialize there even after moving into the E. Dene Moore Care Center in October 2001.She is survived by brother Floyd Meyers, of Wichita, Kan.; sons D. D. (Martha) May, of Fort Worth, Texas, Philip (Frances) May (Frances), of Aurora; daughter Marilyn (John) Cozza, of Rifle; 15 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by sister Donna; brother Darrel; son Denny and great-grandson David Lee.A memorial service will be held at a later date when her cremated remains are taken to Lynden Cemetery in Hendley, Neb., where she will join her parents, sister, son and grandparents in eternal rest.
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