Cecelia M. Young, 88, of Waxhaw, North Carolina and formerly of Oppenheim, New York, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 3, 2022 in her home at Arcadia Care Home in Waxhaw with her loving family by her side.
She was born on September 10, 1933 in Hope, New York and was the daughter of the late, Cecil and Marie (Arseneau) Wagar. Cecelia was educated at Gloversville High School and graduated with the Class of 1951. After graduation, she attended the Central City Business Institute in Syracuse, New York where she completed a two-year secretarial program.
On July 7, 1956, Cecelia was united in marriage to Grant D. Young in Gloversville, New York. The couple shared a blessed union of 50 years where they raised their six children in a loving home. Mr. Young passed away unexpectedly on October 22, 2006.
Cecelia spent the majority of her life as a cherished homemaker for her family. She was of the Baptist faith and attended Bible Baptist Church in Matthews, North Carolina until her health declined.
Cecelia was involved with her Sunday School class with Fighting Cancer, Inc., wrapped gifts and packed the gifts in the Sunshine Boxes and Bags for cancer patients. In addition to her volunteer work, Cecelia was a longtime reading volunteer at Oppenheim-Ephratah Central School. She was an avid reader and was a member of the PB&J Book Club at Margaret Reaney Memorial Library, loved knitting, crocheting, baking and canning vegetables from the garden.
Her heart was all about her family. Cecelia showed that by lovingly cooking and baking for them and at the same time, instilling traditions that her children and grandchildren still carry forward today. Her most precious time was spent in the company of her beloved family, by whom she will be dearly missed.
She is survived by her children, Greg and Jodie Young of Charlotte, NC, Brad and Chris Young, of Hanley Saskatchewan, Canada, Jill and Todd Neff of Greenville, SC, Susan Young of Schaumburg, IL, Joanne Young and Richard Nelson of Old Forge, NY, and Barbara Ullman of Greenville, SC; her grandchildren, Jared Young, Ethan Young and his wife, Deborah, Melanie Young, Austin Young and his wife, Kim, Abigail Young, Andrew Young, Benjamin Neff, Jonathan Neff, Megan Neff, Marissa Van Valkenburg and her husband, Joe, Garrett Pavlus, Emily Ullman, and Spenser Ullman and his wife, Molly; her great-grandchildren, Holden Neff, Grant Young, Luke Young, Liam Van Valkenburg and Ella Mae Van Valkenburg; a brother, Gilbert Wagar and his wife, Theresa of San Antonio Texas; sisters-in-law, Beverly Lorey of Gloversville, Dorothy Young of Saratoga, NY and June Young of Oppenheim, NY.
Cecelia was predeceased by her beloved husband of 50 years, Grant D. Young; her parents, Cecil and Marie Wagar; a brother, Lester A. Wagar, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; G. Arthur Young, Leonard Young, Betty and Clayton Montana, and Janet and Leo Fitzpatrick.
In keeping with family wishes, there will be no immediate services. A spring graveside service will be held at Dolgeville Cemetery, with Pastor Gary Wilcox, where she will be laid to rest alongside her husband, Grant. The graveside service will be announced in the spring. The family is being cared for by Roberts Funeral Home, in conjunction with Miller-Plonka Funeral Home, 30 Wolf Street, Dolgeville, New York 13329.
The family wishes to thank Miguel and Karen at the Arcadia Care Home. Miguel and Karen loved on our mom every day until she took her final breath. They showed compassion and treated her with such dignity in her final few days. We will forever hear Miguel’s voice saying “Cecelia”. It was that one voice that always seemed familiar to her. They truly blessed our family by loving our mom well when so many of us were so far away.
Please consider memorial contributions for Rainbow Express Ministries, a program for young adults with disabilities. Cecelia’s grandson, Jared Young is a part of this program. The address is Rainbow Express Ministries, 3131 Old Barn Road, Charlotte, North Carolina 28270 or visit www.rainbowexpressministries.com to donate online. If writing a check, please include in the memo, “In Memory of Cecelia M. Young” in order for the contribution to be acknowledged properly.
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Rainbow Express Ministries
3131 Old Barn Road, Charlotte NC 28270