Amanda Kathleen May, 33, passed away after a long, hard fought battle with Stage 4 colon cancer, at 1:45pm on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at Sanford Health in Fargo. She was surrounded by family, friends, and loved ones. Amanda was born on December 13, 1982 the first child of Roxanne and Mark May in Fargo, ND.
Amanda grew up in Fargo, ND with a large family made larger by the addition of foster—and later adopted—siblings. She was one of the sweetest and the most caring people that many had the honor of knowing. Amanda graduated in 2005 from Concordia College, with a degree in Elementary Education. In 2013, she graduated from Wayne State College, Detroit MI, with a Master’s Degree in Library Science. Amanda worked as a library tech at Minnesota State Community and Technical College from 2010 until August of 2015, when she was forced to quit, due to health issues. After she was unable to continue working, Amanda volunteered her time to help others. Amanda had been offered her “dream job” in January of 2014 as a cataloger in the library at NDSU, she refused the position due to being diagnosed with cancer that same month.
Amanda had many different interests, but two of her largest passions in life were music and literature. Amanda played the viola starting in 5th grade and she continued to play until the end. She played with many different orchestras and even taught private lessons to many young artists. Amanda also grew up devouring books, she even became friends with her librarians, such was her love of literature. She continued to find escape in books throughout her life and recommended books to others whether asked for or not.
Amanda is survived by her parents, Mark and Roxanne May, her grandparents Ann and Eugene Lucy, her sisters Alyssa, Alexa, Lindsay, Cindy, Emilee, and Mary May, and her brothers, Christian and Christopher May. She is also survived by a large number of extended family and numerous friends. She is preceded in death by her Aunt Ramona Lucy, her Uncle Raymond Lucy, her grandparents Agnes and Joseph May, and her Aunt Theresa Palmer.
A vigil is being held at Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo, ND on Tuesday, July 5th, visitation hours from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm with a prayer service to follow at 7:00 pm. The funeral will be held on Wednesday, July 6th at 11:00 am at Nativity Catholic Church in Fargo, ND with a visitation one hour prior. Burial will take place at Riverside Cemetery in Fargo following the funeral service and luncheon.
The entire May family would like to give our sincerest thanks to all of the nurses, doctors, friends, and extended family who helped Amanda throughout the time of her illness.