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May Books, 95

On July 1st, 2004, May made her final journey to be with her Lord. She was in her 96th year.
May was born on January 3, 1909 in Hull, England to Harry and Clara Roe. She was the first of five children. She attended school in Hull and then worked in a candy factory.
In 1929 she moved to Canada with her family, settling in Rainy River. There she met Robert Books. They were married in 1931 and spent nearly 68 years together.
All May wanted was to be a wife and mother, and her second dream came true when she was blessed with the arrival of Frank and then Jeanne. Her world was complete.
With her marriage came a pioneer life in which she learned to live the country life of the 30’s without the conveniences she had known in England. She learned every thing from baking bread and growing vegetables to taking care of farm animals, and there were always lots of flowers in her garden. She mastered it all and took many ribbons at the local fair.
She was a devout Anglican and active in her church and choir. She volunteered with youth activities and at the local library reading everything that came in. She was a prolific knitter, and there were few babies born in Rainy River who didn’t wear one of her baby sets. In her later years she camped with Bob in most parks in the area sharing together his campfire and her knitting.
As her children married and grandchildren arrived she thrilled at each birth. And when she saw her grandchildren she considered herself truly blessed.
She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Robert, sister Ida, brothers Eric and Edwin, sisters-in-law Nellie Roe and Emma Berry and brother-in-law George Books.
She is survived by her son Frank (Carla) Books; daughter Jeanne (Ron) Magson; seven grandchildren Stefan Books, Stewart (Annie) Books, Sandy Warren, Pam (Gary) Bohn, Sherri Magson, Sean (Dana) Magson and Nicole Magson; and nine great grandchildren Stefanie, Matthew and Jeremy, Taylor and Samantha, Jaden and Karissa and Courtney and Cory; sister Elma Puzey, and sister-in-law Rose Roe.
Funeral services were held on Monday, July 5th, 2004 at 2 p.m. at St. James Anglican Church in Rainy River, Ontario with Mr. Glen Armstrong officiating. Internment followed in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Rainy River, Ontario.
Pallbearers were her grandsons Stefan and Stewart Books, great grandson Taylor Warren, grandson-in-law Gary Bohn, Godson Colin Wood and family friend Roland Morrison. Should family and friends so desire in memoriam donations may be made to either the Rainy River Health Center, Box 236, 115 Fourth St., Rainy River, Ontario, POW 1L0, or St. James Anglican Church, 302 Second St., Rainy River, Ontario POW 1L0.
Miss me a little, but let me go.