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May Gudmundina Kelly (Goodman)

Date of Death: January 20, 2018


May Gudmundina Kelly (Goodman)

May 3,1929 – January 20, 2018

With heavy hearts we announce the passing of our beloved Mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and sister. May was predeceased by her husband Magnus (Mike), mother Rosa (Amma), father Kolbeinn, sister Bernice, brothers George, Arthur, Mundi, Franklin and Gordon. She leaves to cherish her memory seven children: Roy (Heather), JoAnn Chatten (Chuck), Brian (Kathy), Darlene Halata (Robert), Lori, Gerry (Lynn), Robert (Jessica), 19 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren, sister Rosa (Dave), brothers Allen (Evelyn), Eric (Linda), Edward (Jacqueline), her Danielson family, sister June Norton, brothers Roy (Bernice), Jim (Sharon), Dennis (Georgina) and David, as well as cousins and many nieces and nephews.

May was born in the Icelandic community of Hecla Island on Lake Winnipeg, Manitoba. When May was six she moved to a lovely farm near Gimli Manitoba, which is still in the family today. She was the second oldest of 11 children. She enjoyed working in the fields, gardening, cooking and sewing. At the age of 17 May moved to Winnipeg to work as a seamstress at a clothing factory (Stalls of Canada). May met her husband Mike in Selkirk Manitoba when she was 19. Interestingly, Mike and May were delivered by the same midwife – May’s grandmother (Little Amma).

Mike was a heavy-duty mechanic and moved May and the family around a lot for work. They finally settled in Hudson Hope, BC for 26 years. As wellcas raising a large family, May worked as a camp attendant, assisted in a hairdressing shop and ran a house cleaning business.

May always enjoyed spending time with children and every little person was special in her eyes. The Kelly house was open to all. Some mornings there would be 15 or more for breakfast. In her free time she enjoyed walking, berry picking, making wine, canning, dancing, music, crocheting, curling, boating and fishing. May also enjoyed telling jokes and spreading laughter to everyone around her. May considered herself fortunate to have come from and to be blessed with a big loving family.

 May passed away peacefully in Nelson, BC at the Mountain Lake Seniors home. A Celebration of Life will take place in Hudson Hope, BC at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made in May’s honour to a charity of your choice. You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence.


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Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Heather (Balcaen) Pringle
Relation: I was a bonus niece while married to her nephew Doug

I am sending my sincerest and heartfelt sympathies to Auntie May’s family. Auntie May was a very sweet lady. I enjoyed spending time with her at the creek with Ruby, many, many years ago. I loved hearing the stories of her life experiences. She was one of my favourites, along with Bernice, another sweet lady. Auntie May introduced me to drinking boiled water (no coffee, no tea, just boiled water). Over the years I thought often of Auntie May. She was blessed with a loving family and a long life. Keep the cherished memories in your thoughts every day. God bless!

From: Darlene & Doug Todd
Relation: Lived in HH when she lived there

Sincere condolences to the Kelly family…..your Mom was a kind, friendly lady…..I remember her coming into the store and chatting with my Mom…
Cherish all the memories…..big hugs

From: Sandi Kruger
Relation: Hudson’s Hope

My condolences to the Kelly family.

From: Mary Ann Yayes
Relation: community friend

sending love and blessings of peace to the Kelly family. Much love, Art and Mary Ann Yates ♡♡♡

From: Darryl/Lois
Relation: friend

Very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Deepest condolences!

From: Sue and Gord Stark Hudson’s Hope
Relation: My Mom Arlene ( Gislason) and May are cousins❤️❤️And we were blessed to grow up with May Mike and family in Hudsons Hope

elskan mín May blessa ❤️❤️❤️Love love love to you all xO

From: Lynn McRann

I am so sorry to hear this. I will always remember meeting up with this little old lady on the Passmore bridge and we started chatting and soon realized that we knew each other. Not only knew each other but I was one of those many young people that used to pass thru her home in Lynx Creek. My condolences to you Joanne and all of the Kelly family.

From: Karen & Gord
Relation: freiend

Sorry for the loss of your mother, but I know you have many happy memories she left you all to cherish.

From: Holly Burgart
Relation: School friends with family members

My sincere condolences to the Kelly family members. I’ll always have fond memories of May and how she welcomed everyone to their home.

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