Susan B. (Ticket) May of Edgartown, Delray Beach, Fla. and New Canaan, Conn. died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012.
Ticket May was born in 1913 in Chicago. She attended the North Shore Country Day in Winnetka, Ill. and 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 thereafter 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, Conn. During World War II, Mrs. May trained as a Red Cross nurse’s aid and worked in Norwalk Hospital in Norwalk, Conn.
Mrs. May’s husband died in 1975. So in 1979 she moved from New Canaan and took up residency in Delray Beach, Fla. and Edgartown 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 Yankees game. In her early 80s she took up painting and by her early 90s 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. Who in Edgartown will ever forget the wonderful lady in the aquamarine pith helmet, securely ensconced in a solid steel 1979 Red Jeep Grand Cherokee Wagoner, driving through our narrow and idyllic streets?
Mrs. May leaves four children, Mrs. Linda May Smith of Darien, Conn., the late Mr. Peter V.B. May of Granby, Conn., Mrs. Suzie M. Binch of New Canaan, Conn. and Mrs. Winifred May (Winky) Nyquist of John’s Creek, Ga.; three son in laws, Philip B. Smith, James R. Binch and the late Bruce R. Nyguist; one daughter in law, Elizabeth May, 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital in Ticket’s memory would be appreciated and may be sent to the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital care of the Development Office, PO Box 1477, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.