Eleanor May Mayhugh
April 13, 1921 - March 3, 2017
Eleanor May Mayhugh (Bird) passed away on May 3, 2017 at her home in Tigard, Oregon. She was born April 13, 1921 to Arthur & Edna Bird in Fort Dodge, Iowa. As a baby, her family moved to southern California where she grew up, the third of three daughters her parents raised.
She graduated from Glendale High School in 1938, becoming a switchboard operator for a small phone company and then Lockheed. On July 31, 1942 she married US Navy Torpedoman 3rd class Shirley Ray Mayhugh while he was being transferred from a west coast ship to a new ship on the east coast. Together they raised four children.
In the early 1960’s May returned to school to earn her teaching certificate and began work as an elementary school teacher. In 1969, Ray retired from the California Highway Patrol and the family moved to Salem, Oregon. Both went to work for the State of Oregon, with May becoming an elementary level educator at the Oregon State Prison in Salem and Ray working on building the Law Enforcement Data System (LEDS). The family line was, “Dad would bust em, and Mom would rehabilitate em”.
Both retired for good in very late 1979 and spent a few years sailing in the Bahamas. When Ray died in 1998, she moved to Tigard, Oregon in the spring of 1999 where she resided until her death. In both Salem and Tigard, she was a volunteer at the local library. She thoroughly enjoyed being “Gramma May” and “Aunt May”, remembering all and helping all. She contributed to the family “good” throughout her life.
May was preceded in death by her parents, her two sisters (Ruth and Carol), husband (Ray). She is survived by her four children Michael Mayhugh (Arlene), Shirley Thompson (Carter); Ted Mayhugh (Jane) and Molly Allen (Gary); 10 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews and their offspring.
A formal service is not planned at this time. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to your favorite charity. May supported a number of charities including Children International https://www.children.org/ , Union Gospel Mission https://ugmsalem.org/ , The Oregon Food Bank https://www.oregonfoodbank.org/ and Dogs for the Deaf https://www.dogsforthedeaf.org/ .