Helen May, 93, was born in Los Angeles in 1918, and passed away peacefully Saturday, July 28, 2012, at her daughter Patti’s home in Shelton, Wash.
As a 1936 graduate of Hollywood High School, Helen spent many early years working with and playing tennis with many of the famous young actors of that period.
She attended L.A. City College for two years and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Columbia University. She also earned an LVN degree from Cuesta College.
In 1957, Helen moved to Cambria with her six children and quickly became involved in youth-related activities in the community.
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She worked at the Cambria High School library for three years, and as a county librarian for 17 years. She served on the committee that chose the
site and design of the building for Cambria’s present library. She also helped catalogue the library at Hearst Castle.
Helen worked on the campaign to launch the Cambria Community Services District in 1976. She only missed by a few votes being elected onto the first board, but in 1979, was appointed to fill a vacancy on the CCSD Board. She served until 1983, was elected to the board again in 1993 and served until the end of 2002.
She also served on the Cambria Community Council for 20 years and was the Cambria Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year in 1984.
For many years, Helen was a State Senior Senator for San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties in the California Senior Legislature.
She also worked with the Area Agency on Aging and, for two years, managed the Cambria Senior Nutrition Program.
Helen served for eight years on the board of the San Luis Obispo County Easter Seals group, for six years was a director of the Tri- Counties Association of the Developmentally Disabled and helped the Achievement House.
Helen was a Neighborhood Chairperson for the Girl Scouts and for 14 years was the chair of the Cambria Youth Recreation organization.
While living in Glenwood Springs, Colo., with her daughter, Patti, Helen was a River Commissioner and board member with the Mason County Senior Activities Association.
Helen had two great loves –talking every day on the phone to everyone she knew and watching her favorite baseball teams on TV.
She had a huge heart and an open door for those in need, which created a large extended family.
Helen is survived by five of her six children Rick (Lynn), Pam, Roger, Patti (Peter) and Bill (Pati); 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and a great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Polly May; and grandson Richard May Jr.
A short celebration of Helen’s Life will be held at noon, Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at the Catholic Church, 1174 Main St. in Cambria, followed by a reception.
A graveside service will follow at 2:30 p.m. at the Cambria Community Cemetery.
Sign her guest book at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries.