The doors of heaven opened on April 12, 2011 and ushered May Elizabeth Dillinger to her new home. She and her twin sister, Fay Waugh, were living life to its fullest and vacationing with relatives in Phoenix, AZ when she suddenly became ill.
A celebration of her life will be held Saturday April 16th at 2:00 p.m. from the Buffalo Wesleyan Church with Reverend Bob McHenry officiating. Visitation will be held from the Adams Funeral Home Chapel on Friday from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until noon. Burial will be in Willow Grove Cemetery with graveside services to follow the funeral. Donations in Mrs. Dillinger’s memory may be made to the Buffalo Wesleyan Church Building Fund in care of the Adams Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo.
May's life was lived in the Johnson County area. She was born April 10, 1927 to Frank and Margaret Lawrence on their ranch on French Creek. She attended country school for a couple of years; riding horseback to and from school with her two sisters and two brothers. In 1939 the family moved into Buffalo where she attended grade school and graduated from Johnson County High School. She and her twin sister attended and graduated from the Missoula, MT nursing cadet program as Registered Nurses in 1948.
On March 13, 1948, May married James Dillinger and moved back to make Buffalo their home. They owned and operated the New York Store until 1967. From this union six children were born. May's life included a 17 year nursing career as the high school nurse. She was community minded and served for years on the Board of Directors for the Mental Health and Cemetery Boards. She was also an active volunteer with the Hospice Team.
May is survived by her twin sister, Fay Waugh of Buffalo and two sister-in-laws, Mary Lawrence of Buffalo and Jan Lawrence of Guernsey, WY; two daughters, Katherine White and husband Foster of Laramie, WY and Susan McCrary and husband Craig of Berthoud, CO; and a son, Phillip Dillinger and wife Debbie of Buffalo, WY. Her ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren will miss the guidance, strength, and love of this strong woman. May was welcomed into heaven by her mother and father, three brothers, two sisters, her husband, and three children.