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Linda L. May
Sunrise: April 25, 1947 - Sunset: May 24, 2023

Life Story 

Linda Lou Jenkins-May, daughter of the late Clarence Wesley Jenkins and Amanda Elizabeth Pierce-Jenkins was born in Elkton, Maryland on Friday, April 25, 1947, at Union Hospital. She entered in God’s rest on Wednesday, May 24, 2023, at her home with her daughter by her side.


Linda, affectionately known as "Mother May," received her early education at Levi J. Coppin School in Elkton, Maryland. She also attended the former George Washington Carver High School and graduated from Bohemia Manor High School, class of 1965, and Cecil College on January 11, 1991.


Mother May worked various jobs including as a Resident Assistant at Social Services in the 70s, a Haven House, the Cecil Youth Department, a Bus Driver, Terumo Medical, and then became a CNA and HHA for the Churchman Village in April of '91 at which she retired in.


Mother May was raised in Holiness, and when she was nine she made up in her mind that she didn't want to go to hell. She joined the former Warwick Church, now known as Rehoboth Church of God In Christ Jesus Apostolic, now located in Middletown, Delaware under the consecutive leadership of the late Elder Barrett, Bishop Dickens, and Elder Durphy and currently under the leadership of Elder Nuton Blake. She received the Holy Ghost at nine years old, while waiting for her offering money from her father. She was then baptized in Jesus’ name for the remission of her sins at the 11th Holy Convocation in 1957.


Throughout her years, Mother May served as a member of the Trustee Board, the Usher Board, the Senior Choir, the Matron's Club, Pastor's Aid, Fundraising, Missionaries, Sunday School Teacher, and Mother of the Church. Her favorite scripture was Psalms 23.


Mother May united in holy matrimony to the late William May, Sr., in December of 1981.


Mother May was preceded in death by parents and siblings, Annie Groves, James “Jimmy” Jenkins, Julia Jenkins, Elsie Wilson, Edward Tiller, Dorothy Blake, Gladys McCloud, Jeanette Hunter, Lillian Reyes, Bernice Ringgold, MaryAnn Vazquez, Harold Jenkins, Calvin Jenkins, and Josephine Christy; best friend, Mozella Tolbert; and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.


Mother May leaves to cherish her memories: her children, Arness Haman, Sr. (Bethina) of Newark, DE, Robert Haman, Sr. (Danita), Lynissa Downes (Michael), William May II, and Jada Christy, all of Elkton, MD; grandchildren, Arness Jr., Aaron, Andrew, Michael Jr., Lyneshia, Lamica, Jordan, Robert Jr., Rocquel, William III, Tyreak, Jamel, Tristan, and Izzabella; great-grandchildren, Jayden, Ny'Aire, Myla, Jayla, Ny'Aja, Amor, Aaliyah, Amai, Aalayisah, Kashawn Jr., Riley, Malia, Kadeem, and Amari; one devoted brother, James Jenkins Sr. (Jacqueline); her aunt, Caroline Williams of Philadelphia, PA; three sisters-in-law, Nola, Lisa, and Jackie; two brothers-in-law, Edmond and Augusta Sr.; special nieces, Lucille Jones, Inez Bailey, Aretha Jenkins, and Vanessa Diggs; special nephew, Orlanda Ringgold Sr.; her Rehoboth Church family; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.


Mother May lived her life as an example of how to remain faithful to God through ANYTHING. Her legacy will never die. She’s longed for this rest, now rest in Jesus, Mom. We love you!

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