May Victoria (Shahin)  Woodward
After a life well lived, with great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of May Woodward on January 9, 2020 aged 90.
Devoted wife of Reg Woodward for 70 years, and mother to seven children, 28 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren, she held in her heart her eighth child, Victoria, who died at birth in 1964.
Predeceased by her siblings, Barbara, James, Charles, Betty, Raymond and George, May leaves her husband, Reg; children, Susan (Steve), Tom (Audrey), Tim (Tala), Michael (Barbara), Joe (Rhonda), Joan (Reverend John), Laura (Marc); and a huge extended family and friends.
We are left to continue her legacy of family, laughter and generosity. Self-described as "fav" Aunt May and "Sitty" (grandmother in Arabic), her home on Woodbine St. with its park-like backyard was for many years a gathering place. There was always room for one more at the kitchen table and always enough food whether it was family, friends, neighbors or anyone stranded during a blizzard!
Born to Lebanese immigrants, Naif and Sadie Shahin, May was raised in Niagara Falls, NY, and moved to Canada after marrying Reg on Dec 24, 1949. A very spiritual woman and life-long member of St. George Orthodox Church in Niagara Falls, NY, May was active in the church, including being one of the founders of St. George Church Camp in Allegheny State Park along with Reg. More recently, they helped found St. Ignatius Orthodox Christian Church in St. Catharines, Ontario. She sang in the choir, taught church school, cooked at parish meals, created items for the bazaar and of course welcomed new faces and greeted familiar ones.
When she had to move out of her beloved Woodbine home, it was difficult but inevitable. Even at her nursing home, May continued to make friends and endeared herself to the staff responsible for her care.
Visitation will take place on January 13, 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM at Morse and Son Funeral Home, 5917 Main St., Niagara Falls, ON. Funeral Service will be held on January 14, 2020 at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church at 6085 Montrose Road, Niagara Falls, Ontario. Internment will be at Lundy's Lane Cemetery, 7489 Lundy's Lane.
In lieu of flowers, you may make a contribution to either St. George Orthodox Church, 1073 Saunders Settlement Road, Niagara Falls, NY 14305, or St. Ignatius Orthodox Mission, 332 Carlton St., St. Catharines, ON, L2N 1C3.
Published on January 12, 2020

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