Mary Lee May

Born: Mon., Mar. 15, 1948
Died: Fri., Mar. 16, 2018

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Mary Lee May, of Columbia, South Carolina, passed away on March 16, 2018, one day
after her 70th birthday. Known by family and friends as “Merrily,” she was an
accomplished musician whose career spanned over 50 years and centered primarily on
the eastern seaboard from Key West, Florida north to Virginia Beach, Virginia. Born in
Chicago, Illinois, Merrily grew up in Mt. Shasta, California, spent her high school years
in Virginia Beach, and made her home in Columbia starting in the early 1970’s, where
she was a loving mother to her two children, Sierra Anne Boatwright (formerly Butler),
of Santa Barbara, California, and Benjamin James Boatwright (Sarah Wells Boatwright),
of Columbia.
Merrily is survived by her large family of siblings and grandchildren, as well as by an
extended community of friends all over the country. In addition to her two children, she
is survived by five grandchildren: John, Nicholas, Anna Grace, Elizabeth, and Maria
Butler, of Santa Barbara. Surviving siblings include Christopher Wetmore of Mt. Shasta;
Lawrence Murdoch of Winter Park, Colorado; Michael Murdoch, of Mt. Shasta; Antonia
Murdoch Friden, of Greenview, California; Petty Officer Cathy Wetmore Martin, of
Corder, Missouri; Mark Wetmore of Burgaw, North Carolina; and Gayle Wetmore Bower,
of Charleston, South Carolina. She is also survived by her loving step-mother,
Paratrooper Marilyn Boss Wetmore, of Corder, Missouri.
She is predeceased by her father, Commander Horace Orton Wetmore, Jr; mother,
Jacqueline Lenore Home Davis; step-father, Patrick Murdoch; sister Marcia Wetmore;
husband John Boyd May; and the father of her children, Benjamin Boatwright, Jr.
A Celebration of Life party was held in Columbia on March 22 and was attended by over
100 friends and family members. Merrily’s ashes will be returned to Mt. Shasta by the
family in a private observance this summer. In lieu of flowers, please honor Merrily's life by financially supporting local musicians: Attend their shows and purchase their music! Listen Local!


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   Posted Tue April 03, 2018
My sincere condolences to the family. May the God of all comfort give you the comfort you need to endure this difficult time and the days ahead (2 Corinthians 1:3,4)

James Dawson
   Posted Tue April 03, 2018
oh how i loved this dear soul. richly talented, courageous, funny, wise and so very loving. the time i spent singing with merrily in virginia beach are among my most cherished memories. rest, dear one. we shall all sing again soon.

Keith E. Bates
   Posted Tue April 03, 2018
Merrily, a gorgeous talent, mentor and a friend above all. Her smile, contagious. Her critiques sometimes, well, critical. But loving in a constructive way. I will miss her stories and laughter. A big hole to be filled in our musical fabric to try to reweave. Thank you, Merrily May. Just being you. We love you.

Clair DeLune
   Posted Tue April 03, 2018
Merrily - May the blessings you find in heaven be even half those your generous spirit bestowed on earth - your spirit will soar. We miss you but your sweetness lives on in the hearts of the many friends you left behind. We celebrate you - you shan't be forgotten.

Karen Wells
   Posted Tue April 03, 2018
Dear Ben and Sierra, Jim and I are so sorry for your Loss.

Angel Prosser
   Posted Tue April 03, 2018
Merrily May, I have loved you since I met you in 2010 at Utopia while playing an open mic. Your kindness and encouragement and love of music touched many. Your sense of humor and hearty laughter is something I will always cherish. I miss you and look forward to the day we will all see one another again.
My sincerest condolences to Sierra and Benjamin and family for the loss of a wonderful woman who loved her children and was so proud of you both. So blessed to be able to meet you both as well. God Bless you. Peace and Love, angel

Connie Robinette
   Posted Tue April 03, 2018
Kindness and grace... She handled the ups and downs of the life that she was handed and turned them into a song that people will remember.... Mary Lee will be missed greatly.

My condolences to her family and the circle of friends that she gathered and surrounded with her love.


Betty Wallace Sivas
   Posted Tue April 03, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss. And sorry we couldn't be there for the celebration of her life. Mary Lee will be missed by all of us who loved her.
You have my love and condolences. Your grand aunt Betty Jean

Kimber Lee Mastatoulo
   Posted Wed April 04, 2018
I only heard you sing a few times and enjoyed our conversations at Foxfield. You will be terribly missed, but certainly not forgotten.

   Posted Tue April 10, 2018
May you find comfort in knowing that Merrily is safe in the memory of Jehovah God, who will remember every detail about her and bring her back again.

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