May W. Barbo

May 14, 1939 - April 1, 2022

05/14/1939 - 04/01/2022

Past Services

Visitation
Saturday April 16, 2022
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Southside Chapel
5033 Rouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 422-4000 | Directions
Service
Saturday April 16, 2022
2:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Southside Chapel
5033 Rouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 422-4000 | Directions

On Friday, April 1, 2022, the world lost a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.  May W. Barbo, age 82, of Virginia Beach, VA passed away in the early morning hours while surrounded by loved ones.  A native of Norfolk, VA, May graduated from Maury High School – Class of ‘58.  She married the love of her life, Sonny Barbo in 1968 and together they traveled the globe – from Europe to Asia and back to the Hampton Roads area.
Left to cherish and honor May’s legacy are her beloved husband,Sonny; her daughter Susanne Flinn and her husband, Sean Flinn; her daughter Marietta Barbo and her husband Jim Ehling; and her three grandchildren, Maddox Ehling, Booker Ehling, and Lyla Ehling.  She is also survived by her sister, May Lee, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
May was an avid cook and a force to be reckoned with in the kitchen.  She generously made and gave away dumplings, eclairs, sponge cakes, almond cookies and so much more.  She loved cooking for all of those who visited, oftentimes whipping up a feast in no time.
She will truly be missed by everyone who loved her.
Altmeyer Funeral Home – Southside Chapel in Virginia Beach is handling arrangements.  Visitation and Reception will be on Saturday, April 16 from 12 noon – 2pm, and the Funeral Service will be Saturday, April 16 from 2pm – 4pm. 

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Fiona Johnston
5 months ago

I’ll never forget when Mari introduced me to her formidable mother, May. What struck me right way was that she really SAW me – there was nothing superficial at all in the way May interacted with others. She was open and honest and quick to share her opinions 🙂 She always had a clever comment to share and made everyone laugh. She was incredibly generous and invited me camping with their family, to their home, and out to eat on special occasions. I will never forget May’s kindness, generosity, and fierceness of spirit.

BONITA ANNE LINDENBERG
5 months ago

May was a great neighbor and friend. We had many good times riding together to play maj and solve the world’s problems.

JOSEPH & IRENE REYES
5 months ago

Auntie May will be dearly missed! Our deepest thoughts & prayers go out to Uncle Sonny, Susanne, Marietta, & family. Thank you Heavenly Father for the beautiful gift of Auntie May Barbo. She was such an amazing inspiration & example of a loving wife, mother, grandma, & Aunt! She will always be remembered for her kindness, generosity, & fantastic cooking! We pray that Auntie May will rest in peace & that perpetual light will always shine upon her in Jesus most precious name. Amen. We love you very much & wish we could be there in person. The Corpus Christi Reyes Family

Reesa Bloom
5 months ago

We were all so blessed to have May in our lives. I loved seeing her at mahj…she was such a sweet lady…I’m sorry for this loss to your whole family

Reesa Bloom
5 months ago

Sonny and family….I was so saddened to learn of May’s passing…she was fun in our mahj group…and was missed when she stopped attending. She was so kind and sweet to me…we were all blessed to have her be a part of our lives..

Jacquou barbo
5 months ago

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Kathy Wong
5 months ago

You have our deepest sympathy. We loved Aunt Tue.’s delicious eclairs. She enjoyed playing mahjong and she would tell the others ladies like my Grandma #4 and my Mom (Shu) to hurry up and play their tile. Aunt Tue will always be in our hearts.
Kathy, Kai, Keith, Kara

Amy Farris
5 months ago

I will never forget the first time I met Mrs. Barbo. I was still in college and was lucky enough to befriend her daughter, Marietta. Mari’s parents were camping (I think) near Williamsburg and we went to visit. She made these delicious pork skewers that were amazing and she had a seemingly endless supply. She must have thought I had never been fed before. You never went hungry in her presence. The second vivid memory I have is of her watching me like a hawk while I held her first grandchild, Maddox soon after he arrived. She was a fiercely protective grandmother. Sending so much love and comfort to your whole family. She was so loved and will be so missed. XO