Mae Beth Barber Bishop Young

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Mae Beth Barber Bishop Young passed from this life on May 25, 2014. Visitation was held on Monday, June 2nd from 6-8pm at Memorial Funeral Home, followed with a funeral service on Tuesday, June 3rd at 11am. Mae was born May 12, 1932 in Bremond Texas to Thomas Allen Barber and Frances Viola Morgan Barber, the 5th of nine children. She graduated from Bremond High School in 1949, third in her class. School administrators recognized her intellect and called attention to it, much to her embarrassment. To say that she was shy would be an understatement.

After graduating from high school she was employed by the drug store in Bremond and it was at this time she had a blind date with Roy Lee Bishop of Hearne. Mae Beth and Roy Lee were married on December 29, 1950 in the Sneed Memorial Methodist Church parsonage in Calvert, Texas. They moved to Fort Sill, Oklahoma where Roy Lee was stationed in the army. When the tour of duty was finished, Roy Lee took a job with W.H. Ray Geophysical Co. and Debra Kathryn was born in California and Roy Steven in Louisiana. During this period of her life Roy Lee’s job moved them from state to state. It was an exciting time for her as she got to travel and see new places. The family moved back to Hearne and Mark David was born.

Mae Beth was a homemaker until the youngest of her children began school. She worked in a number of businesses in Hearne including K. Woolens department store, as bookkeeper at Western Auto, and as bookkeeper for the City of Hearne. A major career change occurred when Mae Beth and Roy Lee leased a restaurant called Deana’s. They worked together and created a diner that had people standing in line on Thursdays for Roy’s bar-b-que. That wonderful enterprise ended when Roy Lee was killed in 1977.

In 1990, Mae Beth married John M. Young. They had 12 wonderful years, even with the diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma John received just one month after they were married. She took extra special care of him until his death in 2002.

Her joy in life was her family. She could never do enough for them. She was a joy and inspiration to her family and friends, a model of decency, compassion, and forgiveness. She is regarded by all who know her as loving, caring, selfless, hardworking, with a great sense of humor and a very “crafty lady”. She got this last title because of her love for creating quilts, afghans, and doing woodwork with John Young.

She did not take herself too seriously and her sense of humor is demonstrated in her encouraging her grandchildren and great grandchildren to call her “Granny Grunt”. She has also been called, lovingly, the “Trashy Heifer”, a name she enjoyed using on herself as a way of joking about some silly thing she would do.

Mae Beth is survived by three brothers, Eugene Barber of Caldwell, Harold Barber of Lexington, Royce Barber of Rockdale, and a sister, Mary Elizabeth Spitzenberger of Round Rock. She is also survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Debra and Randy Werner of Bryan; her son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Amy Bishop of Austin; grandchildren, Randa Werner Stephens of Bryan, Jessica Werner Jenkins of Belton, Katharine Bishop of Chattanooga, TN, Nathaniel Bishop of Austin, Courtney Minor of Bryan, and Hannah Moehnke of Austin; great grandchildren, Rebecca Lynn Stephens of Bryan, Lorena Burdette, Evan Burdette, Ryan Burdette of Chattanooga, TN, Michael Jenkins and Jack Jenkins of Bryan; in addition to numerous nieces and nephews she loved dearly.

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