By May Fisher
The birth of May Fisher took place on August 15th, 1919. She
became one of nine children to poverty stricken parents. They
lived in the coal mining town of Mansfield, England. In 1926 -
1927 the coal miners had been on strike for one year pleading
for better working conditions and pay. The conditions in the mines
had been deplorable for a very long time. Because of the poverty
caused by low income, the national papers advertised for families
to take in the poorer children to build them up and create a good
Christmas and winter months. Lucky me - I was invited by a married
couple to live with them. They had no children and never did have.
The time came to return to Mansfield but these people applied
for and got permission to adopt me. I then became Peggy Hoodless.
Over the next few years I was taken to visit my biological family.
On a day visit we took clothing, food, gifts, etc. and found that
their living conditions had improved somewhat as did the working
conditions of the mines.
In 1942 the marriage took place between me and Ken McLeod. Guess
who was invited to attend - my biological parents, my two sisters
and one brother. We had two sons, the eldest immigrating to Canada
and in 1980 we came to Canada after my husband had a stroke. We
joined John in Grande Prairie. 1985 saw us in Whitecourt, John
having received a promotion and a transfer. Ken suffered a second
stroke in 1985 and we moved to Woodland Villa. A wheel chair was
necessary. In 1991 a third stroke took Ken's life.
1993 took me to Calgary where I lived and married Ray Doty. I
experienced nine and a half years of love, happiness and travel
until Ray's unfortunate death in 2002. An apartment became vacant
at Woodland Villa in May, 2003 and I am again enjoying a comfortable
but lonely life among some enjoyable seniors.