Born: Wed., Oct. 8, 1980
Died: Fri., Dec. 28, 2018

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Ruthie May Therrien, “May May,” or “Ms. May,” as she was known to friends and family, passed away December 28, 2018, at the age of 38.

Ruthie May, mother, daughter, sister, and friend, will be forever remembered by her precious children, Dhimani Rivera-Therrien, J’nyalise Hernandez-Therrien, and Rhia Wilson-Therrien, by her parents Robin Therrien and Lawrence Jackson, by her siblings, April Therrien, Andrew Therrien, Haily Matos-Rivera, Kayelana Matos-Rivera, Sarah Groom, Melissa Plumadore and Heather Clooney. She will be remembered by siblings on her paternal side and cousins whom she recognized as sisters, Camille and Nadene Westbrook, Diana and Luz Estrada.


She worked as a Corrections Officer for the state of Connecticut after graduating with a degree in Criminal Justice. While residing in Chicopee she mentored youth, some of whom were troubled. She inspired every one around her to reach for the stars even if we could only touch the cloud - inspired us to live life, to risk it all, accept challenges and triumph into victories.

Ruthie May was a fine writer and teacher, leading youth workshops with Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) when she herself was a teenager. She worked with young people in settings ranging from homeless shelters to college campuses. In her 2003 interview for the Florentine Films DVD Writing Alone and With Others, on the healing power of writing, she shared both her love of language and her firm belief in the empowerment possibility of sharing stories. “In the workshops we all learned from each other,” she said. "We learned how to hold ourselves up and say ‘this is me, and I’m proud to be me.’”


Those of us who knew and loved her as colleagues in the work of using writing as a healing and empowerment methodology will hold her in our continued work as teacher, "learning from each other;" our co-leader and beloved friend. Although her physical body is not here, she is in the hearts and spirits of all whom she has touched. 



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   Posted Fri January 11, 2019
I may have not known you physically but you made such an impact on This society and Such a great women May your beautiful soul lay peacefully to rest 😪

Lovelle Thomas
   Posted Fri January 11, 2019
Mama Robin and family! First and foremost I am so deeply sorry for your lost of such an amazing person..May God heal your hearts and comfort yours souls through it all!! God bless you..I LOVE YOU!!
May, God bless and rest your soul sweet lady..MY FIRST FRIEND , I love you forever!
Since 1984! Fly high baby, Fly high!!
~Lovelle Thomas~

Janelle Rodriguez
   Posted Fri January 11, 2019
You will truly be missed

Rhonda Adkins
   Posted Fri January 11, 2019
Robin and family please accept my sincere condolences. Although, I never met your sweet and extremely talented daughter, like mother like daughter...Robin, you have been a mentor to many. May God bless you and your family and ease the pain you are feeling.

Michele Martin
   Posted Sat January 12, 2019
May you RIP Sweet Girl. Will forever remember you and your Larger than life persona. Love you and miss you Dearly.

Priscilla Rivera
   Posted Sat January 12, 2019
I love u I miss you 😘 thank you for all the good times so many people love out here you was a leader in the community!

Mary Ellen snyder
   Posted Sat January 12, 2019
Robin and family. So very sorry to read about your loss. There are no words.
Thinking and praying for you and your family

Rosaida Mercado
   Posted Sat January 12, 2019
To Ruthies Family, i send my deepest condolences and love may the love give you peace and comfort in this very hard time of sorrow.
From my family! To yours
R. Mercado

Ivette Velez
   Posted Sat January 12, 2019
My deepest condolences to the family especially to her children n to her immediate family, Fly high beautiful n rock the heavens, Forever u will always be in our hearts, RIP beautiful

Jazalyn nieves
   Posted Sat January 12, 2019
Fly high may may I love u and miss u so much Rest Peacefully in heaven till next time

Kelley Fecteau
   Posted Sun January 13, 2019
I am sooo sorry for your loss. Heaven gained an angel who all loved dearly. My love to Robin,her children and Ruthies children

Angelena Sanchez
   Posted Sat January 19, 2019
My friend/ Sister you will forever be missed. I love you more! I will speak highly of you to others to keep you alive. I want to thank you for all the wisdom you shared with me but more importantly how much you loved me and for that you will always be my Sister. God bless you May....we will meet soon.

Lydia Pares
   Posted Sat January 19, 2019
My Ruthie May i enjoyed our 23 years of friendship 😘 You are now in a better place!! Rock the heavens baby girl!

Julie Morales
   Posted Sun January 20, 2019
My sincere condolences to the children, mother, and family. Knowing Ruthie was a privilege that I will never forget. I will never forget my college sidekick and friend.

Victoria Ortiz
   Posted Sun January 20, 2019
Your spirit was so beautiful, every time we bumped into each other you made a point to show me love with compliments and encouragement. I was so happy seeing you visiting RWC my home church with your family. I know God has you in his hands. I send my prayers and condolences to your children and your family. I ask God to send an Angel to each of them to comfort them throughout their life. I will miss you my beautiful, outgoing, passionate friend. Save me a seat at the table. Love Victoria

   Posted Sun January 20, 2019
I will always think of you and remember how much you pushed me in school and push me through this thing called life. You hold a big part in my heart. You were like a mom to me filled with so much love. I love you, you will never be forgotten I love you may may!

   Posted Sun January 20, 2019
Ms may!! You were the life of the party, so positive, so real. You were so easy to love. My heart is sad that you had to go so soon. May god bless your family, as well as your spirit.

   Posted Mon January 21, 2019
Love you so much Ruthie baby thank u for being an inspiration for myself and the whole Chicopee Village family love and miss u so much mama ftom me Willie Lil Jil and Jul u were an amaxing titi to my girl XOXOXO

   Posted Fri June 07, 2019
So sorry to learn about the passing of your mother, your champion, your nurturer, and your biggest supporter. I can’t imagine what that loss feels like for you, but I pray that as a living representative of her love, you will continue to make her proud. God Bless You.

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