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The Late Mrs. F. May. — We much regret to note the death of Mrs. May, wife of Mr. Fred May, of May Brothers & Co. which took place somewhat suddenly at her residence, Sunny Brae, Gawler West, shortly after midnight on Sunday last. The deceased lady was in her accustomed health and in capital spirits on Saturday, but in the evening she complained of feeling unwell and retired early. On Sunday she was confined to her room, but the illness was not thought to be sufficiently serious to need the attention of a physician, until late in the evening. Dr. Popham was then summoned and he at once saw that the case was hopeless. Notwithstanding all that medical aid and the attention of loved ones could do, the deceased lady expired in her husband’s arms two or three hours later, the cause of death being failure of the heart's action. The announcement of the event caused quite a shock to the family's numerous friends. Only a week before the late Mrs. May had returned from a visit to her son at Port Pirie, and as she called oh some of her intimate friends during the week she seemed to have been quite rejuvenated by her trip, and to bear not the slightest trace of a severe illness she had about two years ago.

The deceased lady's maiden name was Mitchell and she was the only child of the late John and Mary Mitchell. They came to South Australia in 1857, she being then twelve years of age, having been born on April 29, 1845. 

She was married to Mr. Fred May on September 17th, 1862, her husband being then mine engineer at the Bingo Mine, Yorke's Peninsula. They afterwards removed to the Moonta Mines, where Mr. May received the appointment of mine engineer in 1863. The deceased lady made many friends, who regretted her departure for Gawler in 1874, Mr. May having joined the firm of Messrs. James Martin & Co. As elsewhere so in Gawler the late Mrs. May, possessed of a frank, cheerful disposition, and generous and unselfish instincts, attracted to herself many friends and by her hospitality and thoughtfulness made their associations of the brightest and most pleasant character. In the home her devotion and unselfishness enabled her to retain in a marked degree the affection and confidence of its members, and the loss in the family circle seems all the more severe because of its startling suddenness. There are left three daughters (Mrs. R. H. Hawke, Mrs. W. H. Wesley of Tasmania, and Mrs. G. G. Newman, of Whinham College, North Adelaide) and five sons (Mr. W. J. May of Gawler, 'Messrs. Fred and Ernest G. May of Port Pirie, Masters Oswald H. and Rupert.) The funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon and was very largely attended. The works of Messrs. May Bros. As Co. were closed on Monday and Tuesday, and employees to the number of about 100 preceded the hearse on foot, the foremen of the various departments acting as pallbearers. Between 50 and 60 vehicles followed the hearse, and the shops enroute to the Willaston cemetery were closed as the cortege passed through. The service at the grave was impressively read by the Rev. Vivian Roberts. The chief mourners were Mr. Fred May and five sons, Mr. Alf May and three sons. Mr, W. H. May of Wallaroo, and two sons, Mr. Joseph May and one son, Mr. M. May, jun., the Hon. D. M. Charleston, M.U.C., (a cousin), and Mr. G. G, Newman, B.A. (son-in-law). Amongst the visitors were Messrs. W. H. Beaglehole, James Slater, and F. Fowler (Adelaide), B. Gould (Mayor of Hindmarsh). G. Freer and V. Warn (Semaphore), T. C. Fowler (Alberton) and W, and A. Hawke (North Adelaide). Beautiful wreaths and floral tributes were sent by the following: — The employees of May. Bros. (2) porcelain glass shade, Mesdames Nightingale. Beaglehole, and Newman (North Adelaide), Mesdames Hendrie and Parr (Adelaide), Miss Gould (Bowden), Mesdames A. May, Barnet, Dick, Sheard. H. J. Biggs. Cox, Sedgley, Buckerfield, Warren, A. Smith, Crace, Dean, Schwan, Baldwin, Holmes, J. H. Martin, Lord, J. Riggs, McPharlen, Short, F. D. Harris, Davies, Wise, Mr. Gome, Miss Orchard, and the Baptist Visiting Committee.

Apologies for non-attendance at the funeral were received from the Hon. James Martin, M.L.C., the Hon. J. G. Bice, M.L.C., Messrs, James Fergusson, E. Lucas, J.P.'s, 'Captain Warren, and Mr; W. Gunnow {Broken Hill), the Rev Walter Jones and Mr. E. J. Kemp, Mr. R. H. Hawke and W. H. Wesley (sons-in-law} were unable to attend as they were out of the colony. The funeral arrangements were well carried out by Messrs, Taylor & Forgie.

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