Dorothy Marie Cripe May, 91, was born July 23, 1929, and she passed away Jan. 30, 2021. She was the daughter of Harold and Ethel (Michel) Cripe, both deceased. Her siblings were Keith Cripe, now deceased, and Ernest Cripe of Laketon.
She lived in North Manchester all her life, until retiring to Florida, and then returned to Timbercrest in North Manchester a year ago. Dorothy married her Chester High School Sweetheart, Joe Arthur Purdy, Oct. 31, 1947. He later passed away Sept. 1, 1986. Dorothy was remarried to Dan May, Oct. 18, 1992; he resides at Timbercrest.
She is survived by her children: JoJoyce (Donald) Wyatt, Arizona; Dennis Purdy, Sharon (Randy) Fruitt, and Gary (Rosemary) Purdy, all in North Manchester; stepchildren: Jeff (Shirley) May, North Carolina; and Vickie (Terry) Holmes, Florida; grandchildren: Cindy Morris, Texas; Robert (Darla) Tackett, Arkansas; Ian (Nanette) Tackett, Arizona; Dorena Bunfill, Illinois; Amy (Dewand) Neely, Indiana; Mitch (Tomara) Purdy, Indiana; Heidi (Kurt) Stout, Indiana; Mandi (Dan) Herring, Indiana; Matt (Jeri) Purdy, Indiana; Katie (Drew) Kaminskis, Indiana; Sarah, (Ricky) McKee, Indiana; step-grandchildren: Sheila Wagner, Wisconsin; Keith Wyatt, Arizona; Robbie (Jenny) May, North Carolina; Carrie May, North Carolina; Andy May, North Carolina; Jeffery May, North Carolina; Michael (Chelsea) Holmes, Florida; and Jered (Katie) Holmes, Florida. There are also 35 surviving great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Dorothy was a member of Chester Charmers Home Extension Club for 50 years. She was a member of Servia United Church of Christ in Servia, that later became New Hope United Church of Christ, Bippus.
Dorothy loved and devoted her life to her family and church. She enjoyed crafts, sewing, and mushroom hunting with close friends. She lived as a role model of Christlikeness, touching many lives for Him, and is now back in His arms forever.
A memorial celebration for Dorothy will be held at 3 p.m. June 19, at the New Hope United Church of Christ, 9160 W 800 N, Huntington.
Those wishing to honor Dorothy may make contributions to New Hope United Church of Christ, P.O. Box 125, Bippus, IN 46713.
The family of Dorothy Marie Cripe (Purdy) May has entrusted McKee Mortuary with final arrangements.