Born July 20, 1928 in Senlac, Saskatchewan; passed away November 3, 2018 in Victoria, BC.

She is survived by her husband of 71 years Wally, brother Jake (Diane) Brown, sisters-in-law Daisy Brown and Marcia Panter. Children: Roy (Lynda), Norm (Merrilyn), Irene (Doug) Forbes, Rick (Ligaya) and Rob. She had 25 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren. May will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

During May’s working life, she worked at Ian’s Coffee Shop then Turner’s Confectionary. Her Royal Jubilee Hospital career started in CSR, then Medical Records and finished by being housemother to RJH student nurses in residence.

May and Wally together had numerous foster children and Homestay students from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, Taiwan and Mexico.

May was very busy sewing red heart cushions for the First Open Heart Society of BC. Many students of Fairburn school will remember May’s many hours of reading books and stories to the younger children.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 10:00 am in the Sequoia Centre at McCall Gardens, 4665 Falaise Drive, Victoria, BC.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to CNIB,  and the First Open Heart Society of BC,  1580 Pembroke Street Victoria, BC V8R 1W2.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens


  • Martha Downing
    November 13, 2018

    While I didn’t know May too well, I greatly enjoyed my association with her at the First Open Heart Society meetings and when we were gathered around the table stuffing red heart cushions for the Society. I found her to be a very kind, compassionate and loving lady, very close to her family.
    My sincere condolences to all of May’s family.

  • Joan hemingway
    November 10, 2018

    Sending our love and condolences and in our thoughts.
    Edith Hemingway Joan Hemingway the Hemingway family.

  • Pauline James Curtis
    November 9, 2018

    May was a wonderful, kind and faithful person. While I didn’t know her outside of attending church at St. Aidan’s, I always felt her loving care and concern whenever we shared passing the peace and news of our families. She was a kind soul who will be missed and loved forever by all who knew her.

  • Laurie-Anne Rebneris & Family
    November 7, 2018

    We join in your sorrow; we will always carry her with us in our hearts. She had a calming, stoic effect on everyone who needed broad shoulders. She was a mother to those who needed an extra one for whatever reasons. We will miss her greatly and express our sympathy to Wally and family for the great love and service she gave freely to everyone.

  • Heather Tindall
    November 7, 2018

    Auntie May was such a tiny bundle of loving energy and I will always remember her soft, kind, welcoming manner from my earliest childhood visits. Auntie May will be lovingly remembered by so many. Our deepest sympathy to all the family.

  • Sharon McCaig
    November 7, 2018

    Deepest Condolences to all the Panter Family. How can I ever forget the wonderful childhood, growing up next door to you. Such memories! You have lost such a lovely lady.

  • Bruce Walker
    November 7, 2018

    My deepest condolences to the Panter family. May was a wonderful neighbour for over twenty years who always greeted everyone with a warm smile. She had more energy than almost everyone on the street and was always on the go doing all sorts of things for her family members. Her love for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren was always apparent. She will be missed by all.

  • Patricia powell
    November 7, 2018

    Deepest sympathy to all the family, at this sad time

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