Velah Mae May, 88, died on Friday, December 10, 2021 at her home while in the care of the Hospice of the Hills.
Velah was born in Boone County, Arkansas, on April 13, 1933, to Robert Lee and Mary Nancy Graves Henson.
She graduated from Alpena High School in 1951 and was married to Ralph Harvey May on April 28, 1951. They were parents of two children, Beverly and Butch. She worked on her own as a beautician for 60 years.
Velah was killed by her parents, Mary and Lee Henson; her husband, Ralph May; her brother, James Henson; one sister-in-law, Hazel Henson; brother and sister-in-law, Billy Joe Smith and Margaret Smith Dickens; and five little brothers.
She is survived by her daughter, Beverly (Richard) Unwer of Huntsville; her son, Butch (Karen) May of Harrison; four grandchildren, Sarah (Todd) Dennis of Fayetteville, Ark., Jonathan (Becky) Unwer of Paso Robles, Calif., Kara (Tate) Morris and Josh (Amber) Thompson of Harrison; six great-grandchildren, Emmie, Reed and Carter Dennis, Allie Morris and Ava and Ruby Thompson; two brothers, Darrell (Jorene) Henson and Bill Henson; as well as several nieces, nephews and friends. She is also survived by very special friends, Joyce Turney, Donna Blake, Pat Williamson, Faye McKee and the sewing team at the McKee Sewing Center in Green Forest.
Velah had many talents and was never inactive. She was an avid gardener and was known for her cuisine, especially her homemade bread, cakes, pies and cinnamon rolls. She was proficient in all the arts and crafts projects popular at the time, some of which included ceramics, stained glass, painting, knitting and crochet. His last passion was machine embroidery and quilting.
A memorial service at the grave will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, friends and family can donate to Hospice of the Hills or a charity of their choice on its behalf.
Cremation will be provided by Diamond State Cremation and Funeral Services, Lead Hill, Ar.