OBITUARY

Jody Lynn May

August 13, 1971February 17, 2021
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Jody (Moser) May, 49, beloved wife of Joseph, and mother to Cabot and James, passed peacefully from this earth on February 17, 2021, following a long-fought battle with Huntington’s Disease.

Jody came into this world, the fifth child of Jacqueline and Lawrence Moser, on August 13, 1971 in Guttenberg, IA, where she spent most of her childhood. When her mother’s own illness with Huntington’s progressed, Jody, along with her younger brother, Francis, moved to Phillips, WI in 1987. She was welcomed wholeheartedly into the community of Phillips where her brother Bradley Moser (Mary Willett) and his family took over the honor of raising her to adulthood. After graduation from Phillips High School in 1989, she attended the University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse, earning a BA in Business and Spanish in 1994.

From a young age, Jody developed an interest in far-off places. While in college and graduate school, she studied in both Valladolid, Spain and Copenhagen, Denmark. She also traveled extensively in the United States and abroad, most notably a long-awaited trek to Machu Picchu which she made in 2001 with her niece, Nicole.

Jody was driven by her love of people from all backgrounds and cultures, and lived her life in service of others. This was best exemplified by her work as a Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador from 1995 to 1997. It was during this time that she made her most devoted, life-long friends. After finishing her service in the Peace Corps, she attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison, receiving her MBA in International Business and the coveted Nielson Scholarship in 2001. Her professional career took her to Kansas City, MO where she landed a job at Hallmark Cards, working in the Spanish Cards Division. Ever quick to adapt, she embraced Kansas City as her new home and soon, thereafter, met the love of her life, Joe, with whom she was united in marriage on March 13, 2004.

Jody was best known for her contagious laugh and witty sense of humor. Indeed, she brought joy to every life she touched. Her love for family was unmatched, and her sweet smile and generosity will live forever in the hearts and minds of all she knew and loved. She has inspired countless others with her strong will to live and determination to find a cure for Huntington’s. An avid runner, she completed a marathon in 2012 even as she was battling the first stages of the disease. She participated in the annual HDSA 5K Run fundraiser in Kansas City and the annual Re-Prom in Madison, WI. She also volunteered her time as a parent helper at her son’s school and was an active member of the Grace Episcopal Church. Of her many accomplishments, she was most proud of being a mother.

She is survived by her husband of 17 years, Joseph May, their two sons; Cabot and James; her four siblings, Bradley Moser, Bob (Sue) Moser, Clay (Kim) Moser, and Barbara (Dominic) Shannon, along with nieces and nephews Nicole Moser, Megan Eisel, Kelsey Moser, Jason Scott, Carrie Patrick, Sarah Milosoff, Amanda Moser, Jacqueline Moser, Dean Moser and Francesca Moser; her sister-in-law Mary Willett and the entire May family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Jacqueline Moser, her brother, Francis Moser, and her twins, Ruby and Jacob May.

There will be an open visitation from at McGilley Antioch Chapel, 3325 NE Vivion Rd, Kansas City, MO 64119 on February 23, 2021 from 5-7pm. A private Celebration of Life will be held at Grace Episcopal Church in Liberty, MO on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. A virtual link will be available at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (https://HDSA.org/get-involved/tribute-memorial-donations/) or Grace Episcopal Church in Liberty, MO (https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=FSUT9HTUPCY6J).

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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021

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Julie Parker

February 24, 2021

Jody was my cousin, younger by many years but I remember her as a very fun loving and caring person. She could light up a room with that ever present smile! My sympathies to Joe and her boys.

Janice M.

February 22, 2021

Jody was a devoted wife and mom. I think her faith helped her fight the debilitating disease. I extend my condolences to her family and cirvle of friends. Jody will be sorely missed.

Angela Rueter

February 21, 2021

I had the blessing of meeting Jody when our boys started kindergarten together. She was always on the go and had such a passion for life. She loved her boys and Joe fiercely! I remember her being quick to volunteer and help at school. And a faithful cheerleader for her boys. Jody always had a good story to tell: from peace corps stories, to how she met Joe, and running marathons, she truly was an amazing woman. What an inspiration! And always such a fighter. Her love for life was contagious and she truly made the best of every situation. Jody you will be missed and I pray for comfort for your family, especially Joe and the boys.

Carrie VanDeVoort

February 21, 2021

Dear entire Moser/ May family, Sending heartfelt thoughts and prayers at this difficult time of loss. Offering you all comfort, peace in your hearts, and reminding you to savor all the beautiful memories of beloved Jody. In high school Jody was a fun and joyful soul. Her classmate of 1989. Blessings, Carrie V

Estelle Nichols

February 21, 2021

I met Jody at Hallmark Cards many years ago. We became friends and spent time together outside of work until my husband and I moved back to Omaha to be closer to family. Jody has a special place in our hearts. Her kindness, generosity, and love are some of the great qualities Michael and I appreciate most about her. We also admire her strength and determination to find this harsh disease with grace and positivity. We will miss her dearly. Our hearts ache. We share the pain with her family. She will always be remembered as the sweet, happy, smiling Jody that we loved and enjoyed. Our hearts and thoughts go out to her family during this difficult time. Sending much love.

Philip Virta

February 19, 2021

I met Jody as a fellow volunteer with the Peace Corps in El Salvador. I remember her warm smile and genuine sense of humor. She was a good person who made every day a little brighter when she was around. In the Peace Corps, we were sisters and brothers in service, and we were family sharing a common experience. Our lives only touched briefly and occasionally after El Salvador, but I feel privileged to have known Jody and am glad to carry her in my memory.

Minnie Gupta

February 19, 2021

Jody and I met in business school in Madison, WI. We became close friends, it seems, in a matter of days. She was so funny and loving, making us laugh with her humor. What a beautiful spirit. Rest In Peace, dear Jody. ❤️

Mimi Savudge

February 19, 2021

Jody has been an inspiration of grace in suffering. I’ve only known her for a short time but will remember her forever. She was always smiling and gave the very best hugs. She has raised two of the finest young men to ever grace this earth. Rest In Peace dear friend and rise in glory. May the angels send your peace to Joe and the boys. We all love you.

Nancy Lewis

February 19, 2021

I am Mandys’s mom. I will remember Jodi at the pool—always wanting us to feel welcome and have fun in KC with her and her boys :)

Mary Barker

February 19, 2021

When Jody and Joe got married I told Jody l was very lucky to have a wonderful sister-in-law like her. She said she felt she had won the jackpot. She got a wonderful husband and family.
Thank you for sharing with us your beautiful grace, wonderful wit, warm infectious smile, and zest for life. You will truly be missed. Rest peacefully you beautiful angel.

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