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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. 

#3 Roy Owenby 2014-02-28 17:40
That was one of the most beautiful funerals I have ever attended. The two granddaughters did a wonderful job of remembering their grandmother. The minister preached an excellent sermon. my first memory of Betty is when she loaned me a pencil in the fifth grade. That was over sixty years ago. God bless all the family in their future endeavors.

Roy Owenby
#2 Roy Owenby 2014-02-26 21:36
I, too, grieve with Betty's family. I was born in Nantahala and moved to Valdese when I was ten. So Betty and I attended Valdese school in the same class from the fifth grade until she left Valdese. My deepest sympathy to all of you. I was called Ronald back then.

Roy Owenby
#1 Joan Day McMahan 2014-02-26 07:06
I grieve with the family as I loved my honorary Aunt Betty. I considered her part of my familty and will miss her so much. My sincere sympathy to you all. Joan Day McMahan
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