Percy Augustus May and Ada Florence May nee Spearman had four children:
M2/6.[5][6] Victor Vernon Bellham May,  (1902 - 1980) see separate section M1/6.[5][6] to follow.
 
M2/6..[5]B Muriel Constance May, always called 'Girlie', was born on 19th.August, 1903 at Cuddington, (Worcester Park), England.  While still a small child her father moved to a job in Belgium taking his family with him.  She was only six years of age when her mother died, three days after her sixth birthday, in fact, when they were on their way back to England and their father was left with three children of seven, six and under five years, plus a baby boy of about seventeen months.  The years that followed this tragedy were far from easy for the children, who had to be cared for by strangers while their father tried to earn a living. They spent two years with a Mrs. Flyn, three years fostered by another carer and seven years with a couple called Wheeler. (some details are given below under the section on Percy).  She and her brothers and sister all attended the London County Council School.
 
Although Victor, Girlie and Doris all wrote in reply to our requests for details for the family tree, none of them gave any inkling of where or how they spent their school days, either then or when talking to them later, which leaves a considerable gap in the record.  There is no doubt that these were not the happiest of times for them, so I expect they preferred to forget as much as possible and only liked to recall incidents in their lives after they came out to Africa.
 
In 1920 Percy and Mabel May came across to Britain to fetch Girlie and Doris and they all returned to Livingstone, travelling by ship to Cape Town and by train to Northern Rhodesia.  By the end of 1921 Girlie was working for the Custom's Department and in 1923 she accompanied her father, step-mother, step-sisters and sister, Doris, and young Phillip on a trip to England to see their family.  They all stayed at Shoreham-on-Sea and 'had a lovely holiday'. Winnie, Dolly and their mother remained in UK a bit longer, but Percy, Girlie and Doris returned by ship and directly to their jobs in Livingstone. In 1926, according to information from Doris, Girlie went to UK again with her father and stepmother.  Then, on 2nd July 1928, in Bulawayo, Girlie married Stanley Arthur Thomas, who was born on 20th.September, 1905 in Richmond, Cape.  He was the son of Arthur Thomas and Caroline Peace Thomas nee Brown and during his lifetime he had a number of different jobs, two of which were railwayman and civil servant.
 
From Desia, who wrote in January, 2002: 'During the 1923(?)[she probably meant in 1927 or 1928, because Girlie was left alone with their baby son at that time] depression Uncle Stan was out of work and was financially assisted by various people including Victor (my father).  Uncle Stan said that when he returned the loans he realised the importance of saving money.'
 
Stanley was what might be called a 'rolling stone' and he always thought the 'grass would be greener' somewhere else.  Consequently they made many moves during their marriage to a variety of places always seeking unattainable goals and, in consequence, they never accumulated many possessions nor put down roots anywhere.
 
In 1928 or 1929 Girlie and Stan had a son who died as a small infant, I think his name was Eric.  Stan then went off to live in the bush for about a year, surviving on what he could find or shoot.  He then returned to Livingstone and their daughter, Denise, was born in December of that year.  They were still in Livingstone when Marjorie was born, (1936) but had moved to Broken Hill by the time she died (1947) and were probably in Bulawayo by 1950.  Stan lost a kidney when he was relatively young, but maintained good health throughout his life in spite of this; he was very health and diet conscious always, walking a lot for exercise and massaging his head in order to retain his hair. After they moved to South Africa Stan took a number of different jobs, mostly as an accountant; he was at the shoe factory in Great Brak River; at Thesan's shop in Knysna, where they rented a house from a German; at the Trading store in Barrington, living in a wooden cottage next door and also on a small holding belonging to a German artist, where he kept her accounts and chased up the money owing on the pictures she sold on a deposit plus instalments basis.
 
Later, they went to live with their daughter, Denise in Committee's Drift near Grahamstown and he died there on 12th September 1985.  Girlie remained with her daughter and the family all moved to UK when they decided to leave South Africa and live in Britain.  However, apparently they were unable to immigrate there and had to return to South Africa.  She died while staying at her daughter's home in Durban on Sunday, 21st October 1990.
Although Girlie suffered badly from arthritis, which crippled her hands, she still did the most beautiful embroidery and I have a number of articles that she made as gifts for us that I treasure.  She was always a very loving, demonstratively affectionate and generous person, anxious to please, hospitable, friendly and helpful to everyone. She took an interest in astrology and always remembered birthdays, sending cards to friends and relatives, and then in addition, she and Stan would raise their glasses at  'sundowner time' and wish the birthday person happiness and good fortune.
 
Girlie was staying with Victor in Bulawayo on 13 May 1971 and in Marlborough 5 October, 1971and 12 January, 1972.
 
Desia wrote in January, 2002: "Aunty Girlie was always loving and cheerful despite the hardships of her life. It was tragic that she should lose two children after a traumatic childhood.  I don't think she had an easy life with Uncle Stan either although they seemed happier in later years.  He was always in control.  Aunt Girlie and I shared an interest in Astrology (not to predict the future from my point of view but to understand personalities) I always find people interesting although as I grow older I have less patience and have been sadly disillusioned.  Derrick calls Astrology 'Hocus-Pocus' (My Dad and sister, Pam, would have agreed with him) and was not impressed when Auntie Girlie read his palm, especially when she started by telling him he was left handed and he's always used his right.  Anyway she was correct when she said I would have many disappointments in life... Actually I have been very blessed in many ways and was fortunate to have a happy home as a child."
 
         Girlie and Stan Thomas had two daughters:
 
 c.1.Denise Doris Thomas,  born 8.12.1929 in Livingstone, who married on 9.12.1950 in Bulawayo William Ifan Richards-Edwards, born 16.5.1925 in Newlands, Cape. They had three children:
(i)      Michele Carol Richards-Edwards, born 26.5.1952, Bulawayo, married Ian Merrington on 1.6.1973 and there were two children of this marriage:
 
(a)    Clint Merrington  and
(b)    Keith Edward Merrington .
 
(ii)    Their second child was Siobhan Gaye Richards-Edwards, born 18.8.1962 in Salisbury and the third was
 
(iii)   William Stuart Richards-Edwards, born 15.5.1954 in Bulawayo, married 11.11.1978 to Heather Cunningham, born about 1952.
 
Denise and Bill Edwards came down to live in the Cape in about 1961/2 in a house in Muizenberg.  Like so many people forced to leave Zimbabwe with a minimum amount of capital, they were finding it difficult.  Bill had retired from the army and we offered him a job in our small factory as an accountant.  He was very exact and definite in his work and in his attitudes and did a good job keeping the accounting books.  However, after he left us he also encouraged other members of our staff to join him at his new place of employment, which was a blow to us.  I think he then left that job at the Cape and joined the Transvaal Development Corp., so they moved to Committee's Drift near Grahamstown and from there to Durban.  After Stan's death in about 1985, they tried to immigrate to Britain, taking Girlie with them to Deal in Kent.  But when they could not get permission to remain in England they all returned to Durban.
 
Desia wrote in January, 2002: 'Denise lives in a flat on the Berea, Durban.  Bill died last year (Cancer).  As you know he was a Major in the Rhodesian Army and before that he was in the South African Navy.  ... He had a drinking problem at one time but I always liked him.
Years ago Denise told me that when she was seriously ill, after being burnt, she drifted into a lovely garden and heard beautiful music.  She didn't want to return but heard her Mother calling and knew she had to do so.  Because of her experience she is not afraid of dying.  When Margie and I were about 10 we were discussing our future and Margie was adamant that she did not want to be an adult.  She died a few months later.
Denise's daughter, Michele and son-in-law, Ian, have a son Clint who is married and living in England.  Their second son, Keith, teaches P.E. at Prince Edward or St. George's School in Harare, {Zimbabwe].
 
Stuart, Denise's son, has his own Accountancy business in Durban.  His wife, Heather, is a dentist.  They have four sons: William John, James, Heath, and Christopher.
 
Denise's younger daughter, Siobhan, is divorced and living in Johannesburg.  No Children.  Dad and Aunt Doris said that she looked like their cousin, MOLLY. She does secretarial work for a firm of Accountants.'
 
Girlie and Stan Thomas' second daughter was called:
 
 c.2. Marjorie Caroline Thomas.  She was born on 15.1.1936 in Livingstone and died on 29.11.1947 in Broken Hill.  She and her sister were involved in an accident while ironing their clothes and using a volatile cleaning spirit, which caused a fire and she was so badly burnt that they were unable to save her.