May L. Riccardo
November 5, 1925 – November 5, 2019
May LaVerne Watson Riccardo, 94, heard the call of her Lord and was ushered into Heaven on her birthday, November 5, 2019.
Memorial Services honoring her life will be 12:30 Friday, November 15, 2019, Grace Church of Tallahassee at 731 North Gadsden Street with Rev. Rod Bunton officiating.
May was born in Pittsburgh, PA, on November 5, 1925 to Henry Elliot Watson, Jr. and May Hardy Watson. She moved to Miami Beach, FL in 1961 and then to the Hollywood/Ft. Lauderdale area where she raised her three children and cared for her parents until their death. She moved to Tallahassee, FL, in 1997 to live with her daughter. May was a great seamstress but always wanted to learn to quilt. She became a member of the Quilters Guild and one of the Cracker Jack Quilters. As a result she became an avid quilter. She enjoyed traveling with her children, and was blessed to complete her bucket list in her later years. She had an amazing outlook on life, and never left anything unsaid.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Henry E. Watson Jr. and May Watson; and brothers, Henry E. Watson, III and Donald Clayton Watson.
May is survived by her sister Marlene L. Shepard and her beloved children, Karen L. Bedgood (Paul), Diane L. Donahue, and Thomas J. Donahue (Sandra); grandchildren, Paul K. Bedgood (Lourdes) and Bryan C. Bedgood (Lesley); great-grandchildren, Zach Bedgood (Carly) Brittany M. Bedgood, Megan A. Bedgood, Ryan C. Bedgood (Katlyn), Ashley Bedgood, Logan K. Bedgood, and great-great-grandchildren, Gibson Bedgood, Calem Bedgood and a little girl on the way named Emersyn. We could not omit her daughter from God Annie S. Roderick and her family who have been an integral part of “Mom May’s” life.
She has numerous nieces and nephews who love her and have visited her over the last years of her life.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be sent to Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tallahassee, Florida 32308; Grace Church of Tallahassee’s building fund, 731 N. Gadsden Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32303; Courage Through Cancer PO Box 4067, Tallahassee, FL 32315.
Grace Church of Tallahassee Building Fund
731 N. Gadsden Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32303
- Big Bend Hospice
- Memorial Service Friday, November 15, 2019
May L. Riccardo
November 16, 2019
May “Granny” what a beautiful person she was I hope one day I can be half the woman she was to us, always happy and full of life !
Will miss our visits but I promise I’ll see you again !
Love you always !
November 11, 2019
Mama May Was a Sweet lovely Beautiful Woman. I love her so much. I remembered when I would visit her at the nursing home. She would hold my hand and say to my mom and me, gosh he’s getting so big. She put a huge big smile on my face. I will Miss her so Much.
Love, Kevin B Graham
November 10, 2019
“One of the Greats” An amazing woman. A wonderful Mom, Daughter & Grandmother. When I think of Her, so many words come to my mind
Kind, Caring, Loving, Strong, Real, Raw.... say it like it is. Genuine, Funny. A real good time every time. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to have her in my life. I’ve admired her so much thru the years. I always said I wish I could be an 1/8 of how she is. Simply amazing in my eyes. She will be tremendously missed but I will cherish the moments with her forever. Love you forever Sweet Gran. May you Rest In Peace. Till we meet again.
November 8, 2019
Aunt May: Thank you. For the memories. I will cherish them in my heart always. It was always a great time at john and Ritas sitting around the table, telling jokes (make sure to clean them up for the Lord)and laughing (almost wet my pants) and drinking cheap beer. I will miss you we knew each other a lot of years, always felt you were my family also. I hope your family and friends were there to walk you home and welcome you. Huggs and much love.
November 8, 2019
Thankful you are my Mother. A Blessing I've grown to appreciate more every year. 71 years of loving me and as your light began to dim you still held on. I'll miss that brightness and Sparkle in your eyes but know you are in your forever home. The highlights of the past few months were being with you, our last chat and the few dance steps together. You gave me memories and you made my life better. Yes Mom, I will miss you and my eyes are crying, my heart hurts but I am smiling knowing you have gone home and that is what you asked for. My love forever and always,
Your Sunshine, Karen
November 8, 2019
My heart is broken, not due to a tragic accident, not due to untimely passing. I cry for selfish reasons. Because for those of you that don’t know, she was my Granny.
I’m sure there are those out there that can tell you her faults, I can’t. She loves me no matter what I got myself into ( trust me I’ve done this where it would be justified to disown me), always made
Me feel like I was important and mattered. Ya see she was perfect, she was my Granny.
Oh be quiet Gran, I’ll stop crying when I’m ready. I have so many memories, this page is not long enough. I will cherish those the same as I will the needlepoint and quilts you made for me. They have always been so special for me, ya see she was my Granny.
Time will move on and I will not tear up when I think of you. I cry that we didn’t get to make another trip to see you. I cry cause I’ll never get a hug again. Some might think I’m crazy, but ya see, she was my Granny.
There will always be a hole in my heart that will never be filled. It’s reserved for you. No one can love me so unconditionally that they get that spot, ya see that’s my Granny.
I will remember you always. I’m so thankful to be one of your grandsons. Stop in and see me. Until then I’ll wait to see your smiling face again. I love you more than words can say, you see, you were MY Granny!!
November 7, 2019
My Dear Mom,
How can I grieve? We had so many wonderful years together. You were my constant companion, loving advisor and laugh till we cried buddy. You will be missed. But there will come a day when I will join you in paradise. God has the date set. Until then, I'll always love you. "You little stink weed." Your Sweet Pea, Diane