Funeral Service

Time: 1.40pm

Date: Friday 9th December 2022

Service Details:
May's funeral service will be held at Accrington Crematorium, Burnley Road, Accrington BB5 6HA

May Whitham

Died peacefully in a nursing home with her family at her bedside on 29 Nov 22, aged 91 years, formerly of Accrington. The devoted wife of the late Basil, loving mum to Derek, Neville and the late David, dear mother-in-law of Alison, cherished grandma of Amy and dear sister of Bernard, the late William, the late Brian and the late Brenda.

May spent her working life in local mills as a weaver and later took to welding at Lupton’s in Accrington, she was a true grafter, working hard to provide for her family. Together with husband Basil, May travelled extensively throughout Europe and also visited America. In her younger years, May enjoyed dancing, walking, playing bingo – having won many cash prizes and dominoes. She was a former Labour Councillor, serving alongside her husband for Hyndburn’s Central Ward. May loved animals and during the past five years, whilst being cared for by Alison and Neville, shared a special bond with their Siamese cat, Merlin. Most of all, May was a doting family lady, who loved nothing more than spending time with those closest to her.

Donations can be made in May’s memory on behalf of St Catherine’s Hospice. To make a donation please click the ‘Make A Donation’ button at the bottom of this page or send to the funeral directors

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I shall miss my little ‘babe’ and her cheeky smile. One of life’s characters… Probably lighting up the next world as we speak..

Laura and Carol Quigley, Chris, Rebecca and Daniel Lindsay

We are so very sorry for your loss. May was a wonderful, kind lady, always ready to laugh, and she’d been through so much. Her life was astonishing. She was so very talented. Now she is at peace, surrounded by loved ones and she will be grateful for all the care, love and attention she received from her son and daughter-in-law during some truly tough times. Take comfort knowing you did everything possible, and May is resting comfortably now. With all our love.

Carrol and Joe Stephenson

It is a long time since I saw May but I have very fond memories of the times we were together. She was always friendly and laughing and easy to get on with. She was very much a family person, and we know how much you are going to miss her. We hope your lovely memories will help you during this very sad time. and we send our deepest sympathy to all the family..

Mike Lancaster. Averyfunnyman.

Whilst you miss your mum so very much. Be assured at least she is now at peace and pain free. Love to her Memory. xx


Happy memories of May and Basil in Akrotiri! What a fabulous life May had. RIP ❤️