Betty Kelly May, 75, of Nantahala died Sunday, February 23, 2014 in Murphy. She was a native of Burke County, North Carolina. Betty had lived in Connecticut for 35 years before moving to Nantahala 18 years ago. She was retired from Sikorsky in Stratford, Connecticut. She was a member of the Briartown Baptist Church.
She was the daughter of the late Troy and Mary Kelly and the wife of the late Cecil May. She was also preceded in death by a twin brother, Basil Kelly; brothers, Hubert Kelly, Everett Kelly, Odel Kelly, Robert Kelly, and Billy Kelly; and sisters, Helen Kelly Lail, Martha Sue Rimmer, and Violet Evelyn Morgan.
Surviving are a daughter, Carol Hasselman and husband, Ray, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; a son, Kenneth May and wife, Katherine, of Middletown, Connecticut; grandchildren, Kevin Hasselman and wife, Lillian, of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, Karen Hasselman of Atlanta, Georgia, Captain Kelly Hasselman of El Paso, Texas, and Jennifer May of Whitman, Massachusetts; and two great grandchildren, Taryn Hasselman and Kylie Hasselman of Grosse Pointe, Michigan.
Funeral services were held at 1:00 PM Friday, February 28, 2014 in the Briartown Baptist Church with the Rev. Larry Icenhower officiating. Burial was in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Kevin and Ray Hasselman, Sidney May, Donald Cross, Rick Trammel, and Henry Spencer.
The family received friends from 6-8 Thursday evening at the Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews, where the body remained until placed in the church 30 minutes prior to services.
The family requests memorials be made in memory of Betty Kelly May to the Briartown Baptist Church, c/o Juanita Deweese, 19292 Wayah Road, Topton, NC 28781, or Nantahala Fire and Rescue, 19036 Wayah Road, Topton, NC 28781.
Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews in charge of all arrangements.