On the evening of Saturday, November 15, 2014, May Ruth Willmott passed away peacefully surrounded by family at the East Kootenay Regional Hospital at the age of 92 years.

May was born in Eastham, England on March 4, 1922 to Ernest and Jane Lawrence. May married her husband William (Bill) on December 27, 1943 and their union was blessed with three children. As a young bride, May came to Canada to raise their children and was widowed at a very young age. She was our matriarch and she kept our family together. Her kind ways will be missed by her family.

May coached YBC and Special Olympics bowling and this sport has always been a part of the Willmott family. She sang in the United Church choir and was always very generous to family and friends.

May leaves to mourn her passing her son, Graham (Graine) Willmott and daughter, Miriam Rice as well as her grandchildren; Andrea (Richard), Ken, Scott (Dawn), Ilia (Chris), Katrina and Ashley and her great grandchildren; Curtis, Page, Aric, Saskia, Michael, Blane, Jorden, Damian, Angus, Alayna, Jordan, Nathan, Hayden and Chance. May also leaves behind many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter Glynis (Sue) Maine, brother Ernest Lawrence and sister Iris Gould.

There will be no funeral service at this time but a Celebration of May’s Life will be held on March 28, 2015 at the Cranbrook Seniors Hall from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Memorial donations in May’s memory may be made to a charity of your choice. Condolences may be left for the family at

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