Zada L. May
She was born on September 9, 1925, on the family farm in Monroe Township, a daughter of the late John Thomas and Adah Ruth (Claybaugh) Mearkle. On October 29, 1941, she married Robert Wilson May. He preceded her in death on July 27, 2003.
She is survived by six children: Ron May, Clearville; Blaine May, married to Anna, Greencastle; Don May, married to Marlene, Greencastle; Dean May, Clearville; Jenny Pittman, Clearville; Jim May married to Carrie, Artemas; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and three additional on the way; a special niece: Jane Mearkle, Clearville; and special friend, Mary Ann Oswick, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Scott, on April 2, 2010; and siblings: Lester Mearkle, Henry Mearkle, Alva Logue, John W. Mearkle, Hazel Mendelson and Ivan Mearkle Sr.
She was a member Mt. Pleasant Luthern Church in Mattie.
She and her husband owned and operated a dairy farm for many years. She previously worked in the Breezewood area over the years at the Post House, Holiday Inn, Bonanza and also was a loving caregiver for several people in the area.
She was a compassionate, generous and diligent person who always made you feel at home and part of the family, even when you were a stranger. A devoted wife and loving mother to her children and a grandmother that had a special place in her heart for all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved to plant flowers, garden, cook for her family and was an avid fan of football and NASCAR. She will be greatly missed by all that knew her.
Memorial services were held on Thursday, April 14, 2011, at 11 a.m. in the chapel at Akers Funeral Home. Pastor Curtis Bryant officiated. Burial was in Robinsonville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mrs. May to the Robinsonville Cemetery Association in care of Dotti Akers, 2179 Big Creek Road Clearville, PA 15535.
Akers Funeral Home, Everett, was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.akersfuneralhome.com