Born July 3, 1933 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Jean May (nee Humphreys) moved to Penny in 1946 and then on to Prince George, where she lived in the high school dormitory as she completed high school. She graduated as a registered nurse in 1955 and spent many years working at the Prince George Regional Hospital as well as at the College of New Caledonia, where she instructed students in nursing and long-term care for 16 years, from 1978/79 to 1993/94.
"Jean was well known for her intelligence, compassion, her humour and her sense of humanitarianism," said Ruth Flynn, a long-time friend. "She was always helping someone."
In later years, May established a business, Humour in the Workplace, which offered seminars.
Her many friends at the College were saddened to learn of her passing, on March 7, 2002, following a battle with cancer. She was 68. Her name lives on, through the Jean May Bursary Fund which assists nursing students at the College.
[Sources: CNC Archives and Prince George Citizen, Tuesday March 12, 2002]