May I. Blackhurst

  • Born: May 16, 1929
  • Died: February 20, 2020
  • Location: Brentwood, New Hampshire

Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Crematorium - Hanover Street

243 Hanover Street
Manchester, NH 03104
Tel. (603) 625-5777

Tribute & Message From The Family

May Isabel (Gourley) Blackhurst, 90, formerly of Saugus MA and Derry NH, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at the Rockingham County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Brentwood, NH. She was born on May 16, 1929 in Dunadry, County Antrim, Northern Ireland to William and Jane (Ashe) Gourley.

May moved to the United States in the Fall of 1953 and worked as a secretary at Amica Insurance Company in Boston. She married her husband, David, in 1959. May worked at Union Hospital as an Admission's supervisor in Lynnfield MA for over 25 years. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and spent many years actively supporting both The Order of the Rainbow for Girls and The Order of DeMolay for Boys.

She and David lived in Saugus, MA for over 40 years, before moving to Derry in 1998. During her retirement years, May and David spent their summer months by the ocean in York, ME. May enjoyed sewing, needlepoint, dancing, taking long walks, gardening, and spending time with her family and her beloved dog, Gregor. She was also a volunteer at Parkland Medical Center, Derry NH where she was honored as a Living Treasure.

Preceded in death by parents, William and Jeannie (Ashe) Gourley; husband David MC Blackhurst of 49 years, sisters, Sally, Margaret, Nell, Betty; brothers, Sam, Alex, William. Survived by son and daughter-in-law, David K. and Natalie Blackhurst, Derry NH; daughters and sons-in-law, Alison J. and Robert Kivikoski, Manchester, NH; Lindsay J. and George Germanos, Shrewsbury, MA, grandchildren; Sandra Roy, Kendra Mayall, Jill Kivikoski, Aaron Kivikoski, Alex Kivikoski, Charles Germanos and Isabella Germanos; brother, John Gourley, Horsham, England; as well as many nieces and nephews around the world.

Friends and family are invited to a Celebration of Life service at the Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 243 Hanover Street, Manchester on Saturday, February 29th, from 10:00am – 12:00pm. Internment will take place at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, at a future date. Memorial donations may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114 and/or the Alzheimer's Association (
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Condolence & Memory Journal

I'm sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family

Posted by Lea Ann Palmer - Phoenix, AZ - Friend   March 07, 2020

Alison, so sorry to read about your mother's passing in the Lynn Item; I have some nice memories of spending time at your house in Saugus when we were teenagers. Both your parents were very nice to me and I was very happy to received letters from your Dad when i shipped out in the Navy, so nice of him. My condolences to you and your family. John Caron (Lynn DeMolay), Amherst NH

Posted by John Caron - Amherst, NH - Acquaintance   March 04, 2020

My sincerest condolences to you and your family. May the memories of your mother carry you through these difficult times. Death is never easy and can never be prepared for but I hope you can find comfort in the thought that your parents are now together again; looking down and guiding you all. God bless...
Kevin and Tami St. James

Posted by Kevin St. James - KINGSTON, NH - Coworker   February 28, 2020

Dear Lindsay, Alison, and David - Our deepest sympathy to you and your families on the loss of your mother. She will be deeply missed by all who were touched by her sincerity and kindness.
When May arrived in Dedham, we became dear friends and shared many happy moments together. As the years went by, her children and ours enjoyed cookouts and trips to the beach with each other. We cherish wonderful memories of those special times.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Aunt Beanie, Uncle George, Jeffrey and Susan

Posted by - Dedham, MA   February 26, 2020

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