Margery May

Margery Faye "Margie" May

Thursday, November 18th, 1943 - Friday, April 17th, 2020
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Margery Faye (Gilster) May, born and raised in Onalaska Wisconsin, returned to her Creator and Savior while surrounded by family late on April 17, 2020. She was 76. Her parents, Alfred and Helen Gilster, and 3 of her siblings, Kenny Gilster, Elaine Fossum, and Phil Gilster preceded her. Her dear brother David (Barb) Gilster survived her. She is also survived by her loyal and devoted husband Dale, of 52 years; her adoring children, Darren(Irene), David(Melissa), Troy(Denise), and Colette(Brandon); her beloved grandchildren, Tiger, Rafe, Collin, Liam, Cora, Anna, Quinn, Iona, and Grayson; in laws Larry (Susie) May and Kathy French; and special French and Gilster nephews and nieces. Margie had motherly love for her sister’s son, Curt Fossum, especially since his mother passed. She had sisterly love for her friend Alice McDonald.

Margie grew up working hard on the family farm, which was their livelihood. Her strength and grit continued when she later managed her own family’s business and side business while also keeping a home and raising four children. Margie was as soft and warm as she was strong. In a world that could get chilly, she was the fireplace where you could go to warm yourself up for a while. Her inner glow radiated through her smile onto all who had the honor and privilege to meet her or know her. She always focused on the good in people. When she was around her loved ones, she was fully in the moment, experiencing the maximum joy from their presence. She was known for making the best out of any situation, for making complicated things simple, for getting things done, for being genuine, kind, cheery, fun, and for living her life for others. Margie would want us to carry her generous love with us and share it as freely as she did.

A special thanks to innumerable friends and caregivers for their ongoing prayers and support.

Our family invites you for a “Cruise By” Visitation Wednesday, April 22, 2020, from 5-7 PM at 1943 Maylin Drive, Salem, VA 24153. Funeral Mass and burial will be private. Online condolences, pictures and remembrances can be shared with the family at
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Linda Lucas

Posted at 12:46pm
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Linda Lucas

Bobbi Suttles

Posted at 10:30am
The Suttles Family

I am so sorry for your loss. Mrs Margie was a very sweet, smart and kind person. The lord has gained a very special angel up in heaven. We will keep all of her family in our prayers.

Pam Brooks

Posted at 07:32pm
I worked for another doctor in Roanoke for many years and spoke with Margie at times over the years. Her voice always emitted a feeling of welcoming warmth, genuine kindness and caring. She will be greatly missed but never forgotten. Our heartfelt sympathy to everyone who knew and loved her. Our heartfelt sympathy to the May family and friends. Pam Brooks of Bent Mountain, VA

The Brogan Family

Posted at 02:37pm
We are so sorry for your loss
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Susan Van Name

Posted at 12:08pm
I was so sorry to learn of Marjorie's passing. I was a patient in the early years in Salem, Barbara Boone and I always looked forward to visiting with Marjorie. She was the sweetest and prettiest lady. I send my deepest condolences to all the family.
Susan Van Name

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