Helen May

Helen May (Case)

Saturday, October 18th, 1930 - Tuesday, April 21st, 2020
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Helen M. May, age 89, of Saranac Village at Will Rogers, Saranac Lake, died Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at Elderwood of Uihlein at Lake Placid.

Born in Onondaga, New York on October 18, 1930, she was the daughter of Grover and Celia (Cornish) Case. Helen married Richard May on Saturday, September 26, 1953 in Marcellus, New York. Richard predeceased her on April 11, 2017.

Helen and Dick moved to Saranac Lake in 1985, where they owned and operated the Adirondack Motel and The Cottage, a Bed and Breakfast for many years. Helen also volunteer for High Peaks Hospice in Saranac Lake for many years and especially loved gardening.

She is survived by three sons, William (Karen) May of Ellicott City, MD, Kenneth (Zeny) May of St. Joseph, MI, Richard May of Malone, two daughters Connie Dewbury of Malone and Linda Charette of Saranac Lake, 7 grandchildren, Erik, Erica, Anna, Joseph, Adam, Jessica (Hugo), Ashlee, and eight great-grandchildren.

Helen was predeceased by her parents, four sisters Hazel, Dora, Laura, and Inez and one son-in-law Gordon Dewbury.

Funeral arrangements are in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. Due to COVID 19 restrictions there will be no public calling hours. Funeral services for Helen will be webcast / live streamed at 2:00 PM on Friday April 24st on our web page at fortunekeoughfuneralhome.com and on our facebook page. Interment will be in Saratoga National Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial donations in Helen’s honor can be made to High Peaks Hospice in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. Family and friends can also share their written and / or video condolences at fortunekeoughfuneralhome.com.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Friday, April 24th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Friday, April 24th, 2020 2:00pm
    Fortune-Keough Funeral Home, Inc.
    20 Church Street
    SARANAC LAKE, NY 12983
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Due to COVID 19 restrictions there will be no public calling hours. Funeral services for Helen will be webcast / live streamed at 2:00 PM on Friday April 24th on our web page at https://fortunekeoughfuneralhome.com and on our facebook page.
  • Interment

    Saratoga National Cemetery
    200 Duell Road
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Judy Casey

Posted at 01:27pm
God bless Dick and Helen May. I first met them in February 1992 when my then-husband and I stayed at their B&B, The Cottage, in Saranac Lake. We were in town for a wedding of a friend on leap year, February 29, 1992 and there was a big snow storm during that visit. It was a magic winter wonderland. Dick & Helen made us feel right at home, so much so that we returned in June 1992 for the first leg of our honeymoon after eloping the prior month. During our second visit Dick took us for a ride on his boat on the lake. I still have a few mementos, 2 quilted pillows Helen Made and a cut glass candy jar from Helen. I happened to be looking at old photos from those 2 trips and decided to google and see if I could find obituaries. I send my sincere condolences to all of the family and cherish all the pictures I have of Dick and Helen and their charming home. All my best, Judy Casey judy.casey@hotmail.com

Ray and Donna Dora

Posted at 07:54am
In memory of Helen and Dick May and their love of the Adirondacks. With sympathy and prayers.
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Donna Dora

Posted at 07:45am
Dear Linda and family,
Please accept our deep sympathy at this difficult time.
We are very sorry to hear of Helen’s passing.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
With caring,
Ray and Donna Dora

Errik May

Posted at 10:23am
Helen was an amazing, caring Grandmother, It was always fun getting to visit Lake Placid and watching the Yankees with you and Grandpa. I hope she's enjoying a good book up there right now. Love you Grandma.

Lora Brown

Posted at 07:38am
Helen and Dick were kind and giving spirits who left this world a better place by their being Christian friends to all they met. As you celebrate life and recall all the blessings, I pray the memories will give you comfort and peace. Until we meet again dear Helen.............

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