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The following is a Braxton Democrat article from Friday, June 19th 2009 titled "Kathleen May of Flatwoods Monster fame dies"

The person who made Baxton County known to the world with her account of the "Flatwoods Monster" died this week. A. Kathleen May, 89, put Braxton County on the map back in September, 1952 when she and other saw the "Flatwoods Monster," and their story was told around the world, being reported by all national news agencies.

To this day, people everywhere know about Flatwoods and Braxton County because of May's account of the incident. She was interviewed on the Today show and numerous stories and books have been written about the "monster", including the most recent book, The Braxton County Monster.

No other person has done more than Kathleen May in getting publicity for Flatwoods or Braxton County. While May's fame was thrust upon her by others at the time, she never waived in her story. And, while others made money from the "monster" story, May seemed content living her life as she had previously.

May also served as Recorder at Flatwoods and wrote the local news from Flatwoods for The Braxton Democrat.

A. Kathleen May, 89, formerly of Flatwoods, passed away Saturday, June 13th 2009, at White Sulphur Springs Family Care Center.

Born Nov. 20 1919, in Flatwoods, she was the daughter of the later Joseph E. and Leotha Lemon. She was preceded in death by her husband, Val E. May of Michigan; and grandson, Jon D. Armstrong of Pennsylvania.

Kathleen is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Vallen and Michael Armstrong of Newton, Pa.; sons and daughters-in-law, Eddie D. and Myrna May of White Sulphur Springs and Freddie and Virginia "Piddle" May of Gassaway; brother, Adrian Lemon of St. Albans, four grandchildren and give great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Weather permitting, graveside services was held 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 17, in Flatwoods Cemetery with the Rev. Jim Criner officiating. If raining, services were to be held at Stockert-Gibson-Sizemore Funeral Home, Flatwoods. Rebekah service were conducted by members of district 15 Assembly of West Virginia of Hacker Valley, Cowen and Central of Sutton.

The family was to visit with friends at the Flatwoods Community Building immediately following the services.

Stockert-Gibson-Sizemore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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