May 29, 1947 – February 10, 2019
On February 10, 2019 we suddenly lost our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend – Ethel May Jordt.
May was born on May 29, 1947 in Port Alberni and was raised on Vancouver Island primarily in Parksville. She was the 6th child out of 7 brothers and sisters. Between chores and school, May enjoyed activities and sports such as field hockey and track. She met the love of her life, Fred, in grade 12. They married in 1967 and lived in Nanaimo, Kamloops, then settled in Trail in 1975. Early in their marriage May started a brief career in nursing until they started a family in 1970 and then May enjoyed being home with her children.
May had many loves, but her favourite was family. She loved family gatherings and boasting about her grandchildren, she was very proud of each of them. Summer vacations were often trips back to the Island to gather with all her brothers and sisters at the family farm.
You would often see May walking around Trail multiple times a day with doggie treats in her pocket to give to any dogs along the way. May had a soft heart for animals and had many cats and dogs throughout the years. She was an avid crocheter and knitter making things for others or donating to the hospital auxiliary gift shop. May was an active member of the Salvation Army church and thrift store, always giving to others in need. She was a passionate woman and loved watching and yelling at hockey on the TV. May loved deeply.
Later in life May decided to conquer her fear of heights and went zip lining on the Sunshine Coast at the age of 68! And loved it! She also talked often of going to try the one at Kokanee glacier.
Throughout her many years in Trail she met so many wonderful friends through cleaning homes. She cleaned homes in the area for over 35 years.
May is survived by her son Doug (Becky) Jordt, daughter Paula Redding, her 4 grandchildren, Cody, Judah, Samantha and Jake, her great-grandson Aiden, her sisters Marie (Chuck) Krog, Marg Teerink and Mavis (Warren) Horsnell, her brother Alex (Rosemarie) Tranfield, and her sisters-in-law Robbie Tranfield and Maureen Tranfield. She is pre-deceased by her husband Fred, her brothers David and John, brother-in-law Hugh Teerink, and her parents George and Pauline Tranfield.
We would like to thank the care staff at Columbia View Lodge for their care and support. We would also like to thank Dr. Yo for being there for May, listening, understanding and fighting for her care.
There will be no service by May’s request. Al Grywacheski of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with arrangements.
An expression of sympathy can be made in memory of May at the Salvation Army (www.salvationarmy.ca).
You are invited to leave a personal message of condolences at the family’s online register at www.myalternatives.ca.