May <I>McDougall</I> Wilson

May McDougall Wilson

Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana, USA
Death 20 Dec 1990 (aged 90)
Yucca Valley, San Bernardino County, California, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered
Memorial ID 93335853 · View Source
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Madie was a Hoot! Small in stature but large in personality and character!! Born in Valpariso, Indiana on May 23rd 1900. Her early years were ones of traveling by train and stagecoach with her itinerate minister Father who preached from town to town. On one such train trip she remembers meeting Wild Bill Cody (Buffalo Bill) and getting to sit on his lap, listening to his tails of adventure!

Later she was a typical preachers daughter who rebelled in the "Roaring Twenties". I remember a story she told of during that time while dating one of the Hudson brothers (a son of J.L. Hudson of the Hudson Motor Car Co.)in Chicago one nite, when during dinner at a fine restaurant, her date saw 3 men enter, pushed her to the floor and threw up their table in front of them - as tommy gun fire sprayed around the room!

At 19 May's first husband James Leonard Terrell Sr. only stayed long enough to sire James Jr, and then abandon them to support themselves. May was young strong and resourceful. During the war years she worked in an aircraft factory and helped support herself and small son by renting out not only the rooms in her house, but also the davenport and porch day bed.

She once worked in a cookie factory where she later told of having what she thought might be an allergy which made her nose itch, and she'd always rub it getting powdered sugar on her face. She thought that might have been the cause for the skin cancer she later developed, where she had to have part of her nose removed. She later developed more cancer and was a guiny pig for a double colostomy operation at a university in Los Angeles around 1965. They must have done a good job for she lived another 25 years with the daily grind of caring for this procedure.

She married Ray Swartley who died February 5, 1943 - the same night, in the same hospital that her grandson was born (in Glendale CA). She remembered going from a room of death to a room of birth, and the doctor handing Ricky to her to help console her pain. She later married Jack Wilson, a hard working steam roller man for a paving company. They were together for many years until his death.

She spent her final years in a small apartment in Yucca Valley California, near her son Dr. James Leonard Terrell. Madie died on December 20th in her sleep with Jim at her side.

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  • Created by: Suzi Dewsnap Terrell
  • Added: 9 Jul 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial 93335853
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for May McDougall Wilson (23 May 1900–20 Dec 1990), Find a Grave Memorial no. 93335853, ; Maintained by Suzi Dewsnap Terrell (contributor 46902002) Cremated, Ashes scattered.