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Rebecca Ann May

Rebecca Ann May, 46, died suddenly and unexpectedly on August 6, 2021. Born on February 16, 1975, she was the daughter of the late Norman “Butch” May and Dorothy (MacKay) May.

Rebecca attended the Ipswich schools and Alton Central School, in Alton NH, where she played field hockey and softball. Her passion in life was anything related to animals. She rescued and fostered many pets throughout the years, but she was especially an avid cat lover. Rebecca pursued classes as a veterinary technician and worked for several veterinarian establishments on the North Shore. During the 1990s, she lived in Marblehead, where she worked for the Rockett Realty/Property Management Group. Most recently, Rebecca worked for the Atlantic Hospitality Group in Salisbury. She was a volunteer at the Ipswich Humane Group and many other humane and animal rescue groups in the area.

Rebecca had many interests and hobbies. She was a dedicated New England sports fan, never missing her Patriots games. She loved college football games, but especially the mascots, and met as many as she possibly could over the years. She had a special place in her heart for Alton Bay, and loved Lake Winnipesaukee. In addition to Rebecca’s dedication to animals, she was a fan and collector of all things Wizard of Oz, Harry Potter, and her beloved “Golden Girls.”

And so, with their theme song in mind, “thank you for being a friend,” dear Rebecca. You have left us way too soon and will be so dearly missed. May you rest in eternal love and peace with your mother and father. Her quick wit and incredible sense of humor certainly put a smile on the faces of many. She was a loyal friend, sister, daughter, granddaughter, and niece over the years, and she was especially close with her mother, Dotty.

She is survived by her sister, Suzanne May Herron, and her husband, Tom Herron, of Ipswich. She was a special auntie to her nephew, Tommy Herron, and her niece, Hannah Herron, also of Ipswich, and leaves behind her dear uncle, Frank Lifman, of Siesta Key, Florida. She is survived by many cousins of the MacKay and May families and all of her wonderful friends from Ipswich and beyond, especially her “family” in Salisbury. She also leaves behind her beloved dog and two cats.

A service and celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 20, 2021, at the First Church in Ipswich. A gathering will follow at the Masonic Temple in Ipswich. Masks are required. Arrangements by the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home. Memorial donations can be made in Rebecca’s name to The Ipswich Humane Group, P.O. Box 873, Ipswich, MA 01938.


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