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Willena S. Youngblood

Willena S. "Billie" Youngblood

Billie Youngblood, a resident of the Rogue Valley Manor since 1983, died peacefully on August 28, 2006. Mrs. Youngblood was 93 years old.

Billie was born May 24, 1913, in Corvallis, Oregon. She attended elementary school in Corvallis, and graduated from high school in Elgin, Oregon in 1931. She married Ross A. Youngblood of Manteca, California in 1934 while he was a forestry student at Oregon State College (OSC).

During her 71 years of marriage, Billie lived in several Oregon cities and towns, including Grants Pass, Wilsonville, Coos Bay, and Medford, and in Fairbanks, Alaska, and Silver Spring, Maryland. In 1970, Billie and Ross spent four years in the Peace Corps, serving two years, respectively, in Nepal and Tunisia. Billie worked as a Peace Corps librarian at the United States embassy in Kathmandu and in Tunis.

Although Billie worked part-time in Coos Bay in the late 1950s and full-time at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks in the early 1960s, she was most comfortable as a homemaker. She was an excellent tailor and quilter, and she loved to garden and bake. Billie was lifelong member of the United Methodist Church. She took an active part in building the First United Methodist Church on Ocean Boulevard in Coos Bay, selling home-baked bread for $0.50 a loaf for the building fund. Outgoing and gregarious, Billie was always quick to give new members at church and at the Rogue Valley Manor a warm hug of welcome.

Billie was the last surviving member of her family. Ross died in 2005. She is survived by sons, Jack of Florence, Michael of Gordonsville, Virginia, and Robert of Tempe, Arizona; eight grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held at the Rogue Valley Manor Chapel, 1200 Mira Mar Avenue, Medford, Oregon, on Friday, September 1, 2006, at 2:00 p.m..

In lieu of flowers, please consider a remembrance to the Rogue Valley Manor Foundation, 1200 Mira Mar Avenue, Medford, Oregon 97504.

Willena S. Youngblood