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Christine Ann Jones May

January 5, 1928 - March 21, 2019

Christine Ann Jones May, age 91, widow of John Paul May, and long-time resident of New Castle, died on March 21, 2019, surrounded by her children.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she was the youngest daughter of Arthur Carroll and Laura Christine (Naylor) Jones. Christine attended Baltimore Friends School and was a 1949 graduate of The College of William & Mary. She was a member of Chi Omega Sorority establishing lifelong friends and wonderful memories. She obtained a teaching certificate from Goucher College and taught elementary school in Havre de Grace, MD where she met her husband. After raising her children, she had a 15-year tenure as a first and second grade teacher in Manor Park and Wilmington Manor Elementary schools. Christine had a passion for books and counted among her greatest achievements teaching children to read.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Arthur Carroll Jones, Jr. and his wife Elizabeth, and her sister, Mary Elizabeth Price and husband Thomas.   Christine is survived by her five children, John Carroll May and wife Jean of Wilmington, DE, Christiane Alder Tuoni and husband James Pike, of Pike Creek DE, her twins, Susanne Denson and husband Gregory P. Williams of Chadds Ford, PA and Michael May and husband, Housley Carr of Nantucket, MA and Gardenville, PA and her youngest daughter, Mary Clare and husband Gregory J. Windisch of Basking Ridge, NJ. Christine leaves 13 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren, who brought joy and love to her life. She was also a devoted aunt to many nieces and nephews. 

Christine was a gentle, kind and optimistic person who will be missed by all. The family would like to thank Jenner’s Pond and Willow Tree Hospice for their outstanding care.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 9:30 am until 10:30 am on Friday, March 29, 2019, at St. Joseph on the Brandywine, 10 Old Church Rd, Wilmington, DE, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 am.  Interment will follow in the adjoining cemetery.

With deep Virginia and Maryland roots, Christine loved family lore, history, antiques and old architecture. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Riddick’s Folly House Museum, 510 North Main Street Suffolk, VA 23434, which preserves the history of her ancestral town, Suffolk, Virginia and provides many educational programs for children.

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  • Lovely tribute about your mom.
    God bless you and your family Mary Claire.

  • Strong Love and wonderful memories. She will be dearly missed and fondly remembered. 💪🏽❤️

  • Mary Clare, Michael, Christy, Susie, Johnny, Spouses, children, and loved ones: My deepest sympathy on the passing of Aunt Chris, she was such a sweet, loving and caring Aunt, who always had a sweet smile on her face and was always laughing. I always looked forward to our visits with her, she will be deeply missed. May all of you find comfort in knowing that at this time she is united with Jesus and Uncle John and all the relatives that have passed away over the years. May God comfort all of you during this difficult time in your lives. Love to all of you, Jack and Susie, xoxo

  • What a beautiful life, treasure your memories.. in deepest sympathy
    Carlos and Marianna Vazquez

  • Mama, I miss you so much. You are the most lovely human I have ever known. So you didn’t make a fabulous spaghetti sauce or teach me to put make up on my face; you taught me to be an honest and good person. You are the standard of wonderful I hold all other people to and expect nothing less. Thank you for being my mother. XOXO

  • Abby Windisch is a dear friend of mine, and my thoughts are with her family during this difficult time as she mourns the loss of her dear grandmother. It’s true what they say that you find out who your friends are after a huge tragedy strikes such as this one. A loss of a grandmother is one that is hard to bear, but doable with friends and family surrounding you. I lost my grandmother in 2013, and I still miss Bernice Carney every day. The pain will never truly go away, but I’m living proof that it will get a little easier as the years pass from time to time. Although I never had the honor of knowing Abby’s Grandma, I know if she’s anything like Abby, she was a remarkable and beautiful woman. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Please reach out to me if there’s anything I can do to help.
    Very Respectfully,
    Emily Marie Witter

  • Such a nice obituary. I wish comfort and love to all of Christine’s family, especially John, Jean, John Brian and Madalyn. May Christine rest in peace.

  • What a beautiful and touching tribute to your mother. She was a beautiful soul.

  • Dear Christy , Jim and your family
    We are so sorry for the loss of your mother and grandmother. The picture videos we very tastefully done. She was a lovely lady.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  • Dearest Mary Claire and family,
    We hold you close in our prayers during such a difficult time. Reading your dear mother’s obituary, I was not surprised to see she was a teacher. We have been blessed to have Mary Claire teach two of our three children. She is an amazing teacher and a sweet soul.
    RIP Mrs. May
    Prayers for strength,
    The Poolers

  • Our sincerest sympathies, Michael. May all the fond memories you have of your Mom sustain you through this sorrowful time.

  • Maxwell and I send our deepest sympathy to you Michael and Housely and your extended family. I will remember your mother when I offer the Eucharist on Wednesday. May she rest in peace as she rises in glory. Much love.

  • Been thinking of all with so much love ❤️ What a precious Mom! I remember her and your Dad so well. They were fun and happy and so sweet. I have know doubt the angels are celebrating her arrival ❤️🙏🏻😇 God Bless You with Peace in your hearts. Love to all ❤️ Joanna and Casey Jones

  • What a beautiful tribute for a beautiful woman, both inside and out. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. With deepest condolences xo

  • We were sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. May. Her and her husband were a great couple and part of Our Lady of Fatima’s finest. Sending our most sincere condolences to the entire May family.

    -The Rush Family

  • Our thoughts are with you.
    Betty Holly & Carol Ann Holly-Winter

  • Lee King
    I did know your mother but personally but by communicating with her daughters and seeing what wonderful ladies they are, I know Mrs. May was a great and wonderful lady herself. I will always remember her with the experience she had with Anna Mary Riddick.

  • Mary Clare, we offer our deepest sympathy for the loss of your Mom. Having experienced the same thing about a year ago, we know what you are going through. It is hard, but take comfort in knowing she had a long, fruitful life. We are sure she loved her family as much as they loved her.