Funeral services for May Darrah, 97 year old Buffalo woman who passed away Wednesday morning at the Amie Holt Care Center in Buffalo, will be held Monday May 20th at 10:00 a.m. from the First United Methodist Church in Buffalo Reverend KyungSu Jung officiating. Visitation will be held from the Harness Funeral Home chapel on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Interment will be in Willow Grove Cemetery with graveside services to follow the funeral. There will be a reception following, at the Methodist Social Center. Donations in Mrs. Darrah’s memory may be made to the Amie Holt Care Center or the American Cancer Society in care of the Harness Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo.
May Elvina Darrah was born on August 18, 1915 on the family homestead in Oka, Montana, North of Harlowton to William and Rosella Birdsall. She spent her first nine years on the homestead with her parents and three brothers. In 1924 they moved to Billings where she continued her education, graduating from Billings Senior High School. After high school she attended Eastern Montana Normal College where she received a teaching certification. She taught country schools in the area and met Clair Darrah when she was teaching at Buck Creek School between Absarokee and Columbus, Montana. May and Clair were married on March 6, 1937 in Billings and followed construction and mining jobs mostly in Montana during the early years of their marriage. Clair joined the Army during WWII and May continued to live in Billings. After the war they bought a sawmill in the Pryor Mountains which they owned and operated until 1950. They then purchased a ranch at Ryegate, Montana where May also taught schools in Franklin, Barber, Rothimay and Langston School near Harlowton. In 1972 they sold that ranch and bought a ranch in Ashland, Montana where they lived until they retired in 1997 when they sold the ranch and moved to Buffalo, Wyoming. They also bought a home in Quartzsite, Arizona where they spent 28 winters. Mr. Darrah passed away in January of 2009 and May continued living in Buffalo until the time of her death. She had been a resident of the Amie Holt Care Center for the past 6 months.
May loved painting, gardening, handwork, reading and being involved in her church. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, the Garden Club and along with her other activities she loved spending time with her family.
She is survived by two daughters, Donna Mortenson and her husband Gerald of Buffalo and Fern Schreder and her husband Larry of Pueblo, Colorado; five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and three brothers.