Lillie Mae Young was born in Augusta, Georgia to Willie and Lillie Bell Young. She was the eldest of eight children. Lillie Mae lived a phenomenal life and physically departed from us on October 11, 2020
In her earlier days, Lillie Mae attended Noah’s Ark school in Keysville, Georgia where she learned valuable life lessons, combined with her parents’ teaching, and transformed into an extraordinary woman, sister, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She instilled many of these lessons that she learned from her Baptist Church and on her father’s farm, into three generations of family. Lillie taught her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren to be thankful for God’s grace, to honor and obey our parents, she taught us how to turn a house into a home, and to love ourselves and each other. Her tenacity to honor family was recognized early in her adult life when she migrated from the South to the North to seek better opportunities to provide for her children and herself.
In the early 1950s, Lillie Mae migrated from Georgia to Long Island, NY. While on Long Island, she worked for many years as a Domestic Worker, showcasing her exceptional talent for homemaking and blessing other families with her unique maternal care. With her hard work, sacrifice, and dedication to her children, Lillie Mae secured improved housing and moved her children to New York shortly after. While living in New York with her family, she continued to display her tenacious desire to provide for her family and was one of the best mothers that God can give to children.
Though we recognize and honor Lillie Mae’s hard work during her lifetime, we also commemorate her unique vibrancy through her personality and style. Lillie Mae loved The Temptations, BB King, Rhythm and Blues, Gospel music, cooking, baking, and gardening. Her favorite foods included collard greens and watermelon. She also took immense pride in keeping a beautiful home and loving her family. Lillie Mae was very tidy, she loved to dress up and style hair, she loved to adorn her daughters in beautiful gowns and her sons in nice suits. She was kind, generous, selfless, she gave great advice, she loved crossword puzzles, Wheel of Fortune, Soap Operas, and Channel 7. Above all, Lillie was a lover of God.
Lillie Mae was preceded in death by her parents Willie and Lillie Bell Young, her brother Henry “Buttercup” Young, her children Bell Young, Kenny Young, Calvin Young, and Bernard Young, her grandson David James, her partner Melvin Beck, and her daughter-in-law Rita Saunders.
Lillie Mae leaves behind her siblings Leora Young, Doris Young, Willie J. Young, Eddie Mae Young-Kelly, Inez Young, Rafers Young, and sister-in-law Thelma Young; her kids John Young, Fred Young, Essie Jones, Gary Young, Raymond Young, Betty Young, Barney Young, and son-in-law Donnell Jones. Additional relatives include grandkids Angie Michelle Williams, Vincent Young, Patricia Young, Toya Young, Jay Young, Tony Young, Markese Saunders, Vera Jones, Christina Weathers, Keith Jones, Ronald Jones, Natalie Hunnicutt, Maxine Hunnicutt, Christopher, Johnathan, Randy, Dominique Young, Doreen Young, Denise Young, and grandsons-in-law Shaun Weathers and Glen Gray. Her great grandchildren are Tyrell Regis, Jaheem Young, Michaela Weathers, Maya Weathers, and Nasir Saunders. Additionally, are the Beck Family, extended relatives, friends, and neighbors who loved her dearly.
The illustrious Lillie Mae Young will forever remain in our hearts.
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