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Barbara Willey Young

Barbara Willey Young
Barbara Willey Young, 86, passed away Monday, March 17, 2014.
Funeral: 10 a.m. Saturday, March 29, in the chapel at St. Andrews Episcopal, 917 Lamar St. Interment: 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Sycamore Cemetery, Decatur.
Memorials: Donations may be made to St. Labre Indian School, Box 216, Ashland, Mont. 59003.
Barbara was born May 21, 1927, in Lexington, N.C., to Edward and Carolyn Willey. She received her nursing degree from Emory University and later married Dr. John Bob Young of Decatur in 1955. She swept him off his feet while visiting Houston, where they lived with their three children until his death in 1972. In 1978, Barbara moved to Clemson, S.C., where she lovingly cared for her mother until her death.
Barbara came to know and love Christ at a young age and was especially fond of the tradition of the Anglican Church where she served faithfully. Though she enjoyed handwork and crafts, her real love was family. Known as “Mom,” “Jinx” and “Precious Grandmommie,” she was loved dearly and will be missed by us all.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Jane; and her husband, John Bob.
Survivors: Brother, Edward “Ned”; sister, Mary Carolyn “Sis”; children, John, Charlotte and Barbara “Barbeth”; grandchildren, Brooke, Chelsea, Jonathan, Aubry, Alli, Justin and Matthew; and extended family and friends.

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  1. Saying good bye to those you love is never easy but some are just a little harder than others. My Aunt Barbara is way up on the top of that list. My favorite Aunt for all my life and the very first person I can ever remember meeting. I was almost 2 and she was a nurse and because of that they let her stay with me in Emory Hospital for several days when they thought I had Polio and thankfully it ended up being something else. Perhaps because I was so little I remember her but I can tell you I remember clear as day her sitting beside my bed, holding my hand and telling me “it will be all right.” When I turned 21 I was living in Maryland and she and her family were in Houston. My Birthday present to myself was to fly out and visit her. What a wonderful time, great husband, cute kids and a wonderful time with Barbara. We went to see The Lion in Winter with Kathryn Hepburn and we loved that movie soooo much. We talked a lot via the telephone throughout the years and saw each other often. Thankfully Mom (her sister) and I spoke with her just a few days before she left us. She was so happy, had such a terrific smile and a wonderful sense of humor. I will remember her always and cherish out times together and enjoy my memories of my Favorite Aunt. RIP lovely lady.

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