May passed away, Sunday, August 20, 2023 in Kalamazoo.
She was born October 11, 1924 in Timmersdala, Sweden, the daughter of Walfrid and Signhild (Swanson) Johnson and immigrated to the U.S. with her family as an infant. During WWII May worked as a nurse’s aide. She went on to work for Wyoming Public Schools retiring in 1986.
May had a giving heart, was always willing to listen and always had a word of encouragement when needed. She was a devoted wife and mother and was happiest when surrounded by her family. May loved music, especially classical and opera, painting, working in her rose garden, was an excellent cook and baker and was known for her Swedish cardamom bread.
May was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Wyoming. In 1945 she married Arthur C. Lilly and spent 67 wonderful years together until his passing in 2013.
Surviving are her daughter, Susan (Robert) Julianus; grandchildren, Rebekah (Adam), Elizabeth (Matt), Christina (Josh), Jessica (John), Arthur W. (Alana), Erin and Hans (Brenna) and 11 great-grandchildren with 2 more on the way.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Arthur K. Lilly; daughter-in-law, Frenchie Lilly and sisters, Sally and Sonja.
According to her wishes cremation has taken place.
A private family memorial service will be held at Rest Lawn Memorial Park in Grand Rapids, with grandson, Arthur W. Lilly officiating remotely.
In memory of May take a friend out for lunch.
Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.