Topsy was born April 8, 1934, in Stanley, North Dakota and welcomed home by her mother, Rose Munson. She attended school in Stanley, graduating in 1952. Topsy moved to Minneapolis where she immensely enjoyed her time there while working at the Foshay Tower. Growing up, she would frequently ride the train to Browerville with “Mama and Papa Pete”, who would assist with fall threshing on the May family farm. It was through this endeavor that she met her future husband, Herb May and on November 27th, 1954, they were married in Stanley, North Dakota. They moved to the homestead west of Browerville where they happily resided for almost 50 years, raising 16 children, and cultivating many long-lasting friendships over the years. After their youngest entered school, Topsy “had too much time on her hands”, so she went to work at the Central Todd County Care Center, which she loved and where she was much loved in return, retiring in 1999. For many years she enjoyed playing the organ for the church, was a former president of VFW Auxiliary and Christian Mothers, a chairperson for the Funeral Lunch Committee at Christ the King Church and was voted “Outstanding Todd County Senior Volunteer'', which took her on memorable trip to the State Fair. Topsy was very humble regarding her activities and kindness to others and was always more comfortable on the sidelines and in the background, regardless of her involvement, contributions, and effort. She was well known to voice her opinion and feelings, oftentimes to the chagrin of her children and grandchildren, but her heart and intentions were always pure gold.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Herb, mother, Rose, grandsons, Herbie Brown and Dalton May, son-in-law, Chris George, brother, Jim Munson and birth mother, Ruby Hansen.
Topsy is survived by her children, Albert May of Gilmer, TX, Rosemarie (Dennis) Schahn of Kenyon, Kay (Scott) Leland of Dayton, Beth (Jeff) Brown of Browerville, Mike (Jean) May of Browerville, June Willemsen (Glenn Pauls) of Watkins, Judy (Mark) Walker of Richmond, Ted (Amy) May of Browerville, Annette (Scott) Feist of Sauk Centre, Jim (Taralee) May of Browerville, Mary (Bill) Lisson of Long Prairie, Joan (Bob) Schueller of Browerville, Julie (Chris) Benniing of Browerville, Jenni George of Osakis, Jacqui (Mark) Schmidtbauer of Osakis, Russell May of Browerville, 43 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren with 2 more on the way. “Good night and God Bless you Mom”. You are now truly in “The best place in the world”.
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