Obituary: Susan B. May
Susan B. “Ticket” May of Delray Beach, Fla. Edgartown , Mass. and New Canaan died on Wednesday Nov. 7.
Ticket May was born in 1913 in Chicago. She attended the North Shore Country Day in Winnetka, Ill. and the Miss Wright’s School in Bryn Mawr, Penn. She went to finishing school in Paris, France.
During Mrs. May’s teens she served as a courier for the horses in the Kentucky Nursing Service. She was a member of the Junior League and made her debut in 1933 in Chicago. Shortly after, she moved to New York City and worked for Clara Laughlin Travel Service. In 1937 she married Winston Lewis May, Jr. of New York City and moved to Rye, N.Y. and then New Canaan. During WW II, Mrs. May trained as a Red Cross Nurse’s Aid and worked in Norwalk Hospital in Norwalk.
Mrs. May’s husband died in 1975. In 1979 she moved from New Canaan to Delray Beach, Fla. and Edgartown, Mass. on Martha’s Vineyard. Mrs. May was a longtime member of the New Canaan Country Club, The Country Club of Florida, the Gulf Stream Bath & Tennis Club and The Edgartown Golf Club. She was also a member of The Delray Beach Club and the Edgartown Yacht Club. Mrs. May was a renowned bridge and backgammon player. She was also an excellent and avid golfer. She designed all of her numerous needlepoint canvasses and rarely missed a Yankee game. In her early 80’s she took up painting and by her early 90’s was an accomplished and prolific artist.
Mrs. May will perhaps best be remembered by her family and friends as a highly spirited and indomitable woman, her family said.
Mrs. May leaves four children, Linda May Smith of Darien, the late Peter V.B. May of Granby, Mrs. Suzie M. Binch of New Canaan, and Mrs. Winifred May “Winky” Nyquist of John’s Creek, Ga., three son-in-laws, Philip B. Smith, James R. Binch, the late Bruce R. Nyguist and one daughter in law Elizabeth May, ten grandchildren including Leelee Klein and Ellie Southworth of Darien and 14 great-grandchildren.
Contributions to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital in Mrs. May’s memory would be appreciated and may be sent to the Hospital c/o Development Office, PO Box 1477, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.