Marlys Marie (Peterson) May, 68, of Frazee Minn., passed away under hospice care on October 20, 2012 at her home in Frazee.
Memorial service will be Thursday, October 25 at 11 a.m. at West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, Minn. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment in the Oberon Cemetery, rural Benson County, N.D.
Marlys May was born to Ole and Marnie (Deede) Peterson on Feb. 18, 1944 in Leeds N.D. She grew up on a farm southwest of Minnewaukan and attended grade schools in Josephine and Flora.
In 1954 she moved with her family to Minnewaukan where she completed grade school and graduated from high school in 1963. Marlys worked part time for the Benson County Press, as a life guard at the Minnewaukan Municipal pool and for the Benson County Auditors office. It was in Minnewaukan that she met the love of her life, George May, whom she married on May 8, 1964 at the First Presbyterian Church in Minnewaukan. They lived in Devils Lake, N.D., until moving to Wahpeton N.D., in 1966. While living in Wahpeton she was a bookkeeper for a manufacturing firm and enjoyed bowling on several leagues and taking ceramic classes. In 1976 the family moved to Valley City N.D. where they raised three children.
Marlys instructed ceramic classes and later worked as a floral designer for the local floral shops. She enjoyed bowling on several bowling leagues, camping and boating with the family.
In 2002 Marlys and George moved to a lake home near Frazee MN. She worked for a floral shop in Detroit Lakes until her retirement.
Marlys enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, league bowling, floral designing, painting mediums of all kinds and visiting with people.
Marlys is survived by her husband, George of Frazee; a daughter, Alicia May, Lindstrom MN; two sons and two daughter-in-laws, Todd and Sharon May of Horace N.D. and Michael and Julie May of Valley City; five grandchildren, Austen, Conner, Zachary, Samantha and Lauren; a sister, Shirley Wettstein of Sabin Minn.; two brothers, Curtis Peterson of Copperas Cove Texas; Larry Peterson of Springfield Ore.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Roger Peterson and Harold Peterson; one sister, Sharon Moylan.
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West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, Minn., is in charge of arrangements.