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Katherine Agnes O'Neill May
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Birth: Jan. 19, 1891
Des Moines
Polk County
Iowa, USA
Death: Feb. 27, 1964
Des Moines
Polk County
Iowa, USA

Katherine was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and lived in the immediate area for almost all of her life. At age 15 she lost her left arm in an accident while working at Munger's Laundry in Des Moines. She was compensated $400 and used this money to buy a piano. Though she was left-handed, she learned to do everything with her right hand and was as capable with one hand as most people are with two.

Katherine married Charles Witham at age 17 in 1908, and in 1909 they had a daughter, also named Katherine. This child died in a fire in 1913. While she was pregnant with their 4th child the following year, Katherine and Charles Witham divorced. Katherine married Charles H. May before the birth in 1915, and her 4th child was named Harrison May. Nine more children followed over the next 16 years.

The May family lived outside the Des Moines vicinity for a time in the 1920s, and in 1928 Harrison was killed in a school bus/train collision near Marble Rock. By 1930 the family was back in Des Moines. From 1944 to early 1951 the family lived on a farm on what is now Douglas Parkway, just outside of Polk County near Waukee.

After the death of her husband in late 1951, she lived in Des Moines with her youngest son, until her passing in 1964.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Joseph J. O'Neill (1854 - 1911)
  Mary Sebena Grell O'Neill (1859 - 1940)
 
 Spouses:
  Charles H Witham (____ - 1946)
  Charles Harrison May (1890 - 1951)
 
 Children:
  Dorothy A. May Zenor (1913 - 1974)*
  Ralph Harrison May (1915 - 1928)*
  Pauline Theresa May King (1916 - 1997)*
  Delmar Louis May (1920 - 1995)*
  Florence M. May Buchan (1926 - 2001)*
  Donald Everett May (1929 - 2000)*
 
 Siblings:
  Bridget Josephine O'Neill Fairchild (1877 - 1951)*
  Francis Joseph O'Neill (1879 - 1942)*
  John Lawrence O'Neill (1883 - 1946)*
  William Peter O'Neill (1886 - 1949)*
  Mary Cecilia O'Neill Rigg (1888 - 1968)*
  Katherine Agnes O'Neill May (1891 - 1964)
  Rose Elizabeth O'Neill Hunnell (1893 - 1973)*
  Margaret Agnes O'Neill Blevins (1896 - 1985)*
  Veronica Ellen O'Neill Bolton (1899 - 1980)*
  Gertrude Anna O'Neill Mullikin (1903 - 1980)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Glendale Cemetery
Des Moines
Polk County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Block D, Section 3, Space 186
 
Created by: Mike May
Record added: Nov 12, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 80302070
Katherine Agnes <i>O'Neill</i> May
Added by: Mike May
 
Katherine Agnes <i>O'Neill</i> May
Added by: Mike May
 
Katherine Agnes <i>O'Neill</i> May
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Added by: Tom B
 
 
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I am your sister's, Margaret, granddaughter. I would have loved to have known you...you would have made a "grand aunt." RIP
- Evelyn (Blevins) Williams
 Added: Jun. 6, 2012

- Thomas Hartshorn
 Added: Feb. 25, 2012
RIP Grandma
- Mike May
 Added: Nov. 12, 2011
 
 
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