Marcia spent over 25 years in the service of others as a High School Special Education instructor. Fellow instructors, administrators, and students all described Marcia as a patient and generous educator who always took the time to assist those who needed it most. Comments such as "I wouldn't have graduated without Mrs. Mays" or "I'm still a teacher because of her" have been common to hear in the past weeks.
Her generosity persevered beyond her professional life. At home, the Mays' continually opened their home to friends and neighbors in hopes to foster a sense of family for all who arrived on their doorstep. No one was turned away, no one went home hungry, and hopefully everyone who had the chance to share a fire-lit evening in their driveway, knew what it was to be wholly accepted by others.
It is our hope that we might return this favor by giving back to their family as they start on this new path. Gifts will assist with memorial service costs, medical bills, and help to provide a solid foundation for Emily and Ali’s future.
Just a few random quotes from her Caring Bridge page:
"Marcia is truly an inspiration. She loved my daughter and helped her grow and become the amazing young woman she is today."
"Marcia led by example in humility and kindness with every conversation and Jeff, you were so supportive. A true partnership, and what tremendous faith you both have! I wanted to record everything that came out of Marcia's mouth because she had so much wisdom she was giving away for free!"
"My husband said he could tell what a good person and soul she is by the way she interacted with her students."
"Marcia has the ability to make people feel welcome and like they belong, and my life has been better because of her friendship."
"I’ve looked up to her as a teacher, friend, and mother."
"Marcia has always lived a life of openness, and love, sharing the raw, the fearfulness, the unfairness, and most importantly, her faith. My life is greater because she is in it."
"There is no substitute for Mrs. Mays"
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