May Grant

May Davis Grant

March 7, 1929 - March 28, 2020
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OWLS HEAD – May Davis Grant, 91, passed away on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at Windward Gardens in Camden after a period of failing health. Born March 7th, 1929, May would grow up in Portland, graduating with honors from Deering High School in 1947. In 1949, May met the love of her life and future husband, George Quinby Grant, Jr. Less than a year later on February 18, 1950, they would be married and make their home in Westbrook.

May began her career just a year later at the former New England Telephone Company in Portland where she became their first female manager. May and George eventually made Owls Head their home in 1976 where George had been working as Manager of Port Clyde Foods in Rockland. When the company was sold, they decided to buy a small country store in Owls Head, Timber Hill Market, in 1982. The plan was for May to retire and they would run the store together. It wasn’t long before George missed the can making industry, so they put the store up for sale, and she stayed with the business until it sold in 1986. May was a true pioneer, ushering in the computer age at the Telephone Company where she retired as the head of corporate computer security in 1988 after 37 years of dedicated service. She and George had enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, boating, competing in rifle and pistol competitions, traveling the U.S. twice and visiting seven countries in Europe as well as Venezuela.

Even before retiring, May had a penchant for volunteerism and helping people. She was a faithful friend to numerous people in the community and beyond, both young and old. She was selfless, often putting the needs of others ahead of her own. May was an active member of Winslow-Holbrook-Merritt American Legion Post 1 in Rockland and the Ladies Auxiliary. She was also a member of the Kora Ladies Shrine and Knox County Fish & Game Association. As well, May was an honorary firefighter for the Owls Head Fire Department as their treasurer, following in her husband’s footsteps.

Because of her strong faith and lack of proof of her original baptism, May was baptized in 1996 at the Thomaston Baptist Church. When her health began to decline, May “attended church” every Sunday through the various ministries on television. She firmly believed that the challenges she faced would not have been possible without the support of God, her family and loyal friends by her side.

May was predeceased by her parents, Carroll Davis of Portland and Flora Hartford of Owls Head, and her loving and devoted husband of 61 years, George. She is survived by her brother Edward “Bud” Davis of Brunswick, her niece Lynn Davis, her husband John Ragucci of Topsham and Lynn’s daughter Rebekah, her husband Mati in Israel, her nephew Lary Davis, his wife Chris and their children Monica and Grant of Scarborough, her former sister-in-law with whom she was still very close, Phyllis “Suzie” Davis of Westbrook, her uncle Jon Brewer of New Hampshire, and step-sister Virginia Tetzel of Penobscot. May is also survived by numerous cousins from Canada on her mother’s side, Mavis Upshaw, Debbie Pugh and her children William Pugh and Tamra Graves, Terry Best, Troy Best and his wife Tara and their children Sierra and Asia, and Daren Best and his wife Lorraine and son Tristan. She also leaves a multitude of friends whom she also considered family.

Although May would want a public service with all her friends and relatives in attendance, she would also be concerned for everyone’s safety during the present COVID-19 crisis. Therefore, a private, family-only service will be held at Burpee Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home in Rockland. May will be buried beside her husband George at Brooklawn Cemetery in Portland. A celebration of her life for everyone to attend will be held at a later date. To express condolences or participate in May’s online Book of Memories, please visit In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Owls Head Fire Department, 224 Ash Point Drive, Owls Head, ME 04854, or Shriners Hospitals for Children, c/o the MidCoast Shrine Club, C/O Russell Thompson, 549 Flanders Corner Road, Waldoboro, ME 04572 (Please make checks payable to: 100 Million Dollar Club).
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  • Celebration of Life

    Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home
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    Although May would want a public service with all her friends and relatives in attendance, she would also be concerned for everyone’s safety during the present COVID-19 crisis. Therefore, a private, family-only service will be held at this time. A Public Celebration of Her Life is planned and will be announced. SERVICE NOTICE / WEBCASTING Web Casting of May's service will be available after 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 31, 2020, Please click on Photos & Videos in the menu bar above, then click on Watch Webcast.
  • Interment

    Brooklawn Memorial Park
    2002 Congress Street
    Portland, ME 04102
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Sharon Teel

Posted at 02:54pm
I just watched the video album of May and family. It is so beautiful.. Thank you for sharing this with those of us that couldn't be there. She was a very loving and caring lady and will be missed. Sharon Teel, a friend.

Marcia Whitten

Posted at 02:30pm
My fondest memories of May where from meeting up with her at the Legion. We would all sit at what we called "Arthur's round table" and the conversations would fly around that table with people laughing and enjoying everyone's tales. May always had such wonderful stories for us. She certainly was a joy to listen to. When she would get ready to leave I always wanted to help her to her car. She would say...oh, I'm fine..I can do this....but I always wanted to walk out with her to be sure. She explained to me that she had her routine of getting her walker in just the right spot and lean against the car at certain places and sat in the car a certain way. So I'm standing there trying to be of help to her and she said " well I'd get in but your standing in my spot"....Oh we laughed so hard! May certainly could hold her own and what a grand lady she was. Will miss you May...sit with Cynthia Packard and have a glass of wine on me. Love you, Marcia

Daren Best

Posted at 02:29pm
May will be remembered always in our hearts and minds. She was an amazing woman and voice of reason. I will never forget the times my family and i were able to spend with her. Her meals were always amazing as was her hospitality. To Lynn, Larry, Bud and all of their families our deepest condolences.

Love always, your Canadian family. "The Bests"

The "Best" Family

Frank Ross

Posted at 02:20pm
May was a friend and confidante for many years. We talked about anything and everything together. I knew her troubles and she mine. I'm going to miss you May, more than you'll ever know, you were a great friend.

Tamra Graves

Posted at 05:50pm
I have very fond memories with May when she would visit us in Canada. I also cherish the trips I got to take to Maine and visit with her, George, Buddy, Lynn, Rebecca, and their Doberman. May was an amazing cook, her battered haddock and Mac and Cheese were the best. Sending lots of love and hugs to Maine.

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