Alberta Mae (Higdon) Younkins

Born: Thu., Jul. 24, 1924
Died: Thu., Jul. 26, 2012

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Jul. 28, 2012
Location: Brownsville Church of the Brethren

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Alberta Mae (Higdon) Younkins, 88, of Yarrowsburg, Maryland, passed from this life on Thursday, July 26, 2012, at Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown.

Born July 24, 1924 in Yarrowsburg, Maryland, she was the daughter of the late Bruce Leonard and Mildred Sophia (Spencer) Higdon.  Her husband, Fred Harley Younkins, preceded her in death in 2002.
In earlier years, Alberta worked as a "Rosie the Riveter" at Fairchild Aircraft, and retired in 1987 from the Washington County Department of Aging. She spent most of her time as a homemaker taking care of her family. 
She was a lifelong member of Brownsville Church of the Brethren in Brownsville, Maryland, where she was active in the Church youth groups when her children were younger.  She was active in 4H and did community service with the Washington County Department of Aging.
She enjoyed travel, having visited Alaska, Italy and Hawaii, and enjoyed vacationing in Florida with her husband after he retired.  She was a wonderful cook and hostess for family events and will be deeply missed by her grandchildren who will have many fond memories of time spent at the family home in Yarrowsburg.
She is survived by two daughters, Marsha L. Deal and husband Michael, and Jan M. Keefer and husband Richard, all of Bethany Beach, Delaware; one son, Gale H. Younkins of Grottoes, Virginia; five sisters, Helen L. Wenner of Sterling, Virginia, Anna L. Schultz of Winchester, Virginia, Ruth V. Smallwood and Jane D. Carey, both of Knoxville, and Brenda L. Johnson of Boone, Iowa; one brother, Leonard U. Higdon of Brownsville; and four grandchildren, Gabrielle Ryman of Woodstock, Virginia, Paul Younkins of Mt. Airy, Maryland, David Younkins of Spencerville, Maryland, and Scottland Keefer of Chicago, Illinois.  She is also survived by four great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, W. Franklin Higdon, R. Eugene Higdon, and Glenn S. Higdon.
A funeral ceremony will be held 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 28, 2012, at Brownsville Church of the Brethren, 1911 Rohrersville Road, Brownsville.  Rev. Alan M. Smith will officiate. Final resting place ceremonies will follow in the adjoining church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Brownsville Church of the Brethren, 1911 Rohrersville Road, Brownsville, Maryland,  21715.

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Pamela B. Arbogast
   Posted Thu July 26, 2012
I am so sorry for the loss of Alberta Younkins
I am so thankful for the time I had knowing your mother, and grandmother
Your memories will help carry you in the days ahead
May God bless you with his peace and strength

Jim Fritzinger on behalf of Doris Cordell
   Posted Thu July 26, 2012
I just returned from notifying Doris Cordell of the passing of your mother. She was defintiely saddened and understood the gravitly of the situation. She was able to list all of your names and even reminisced about her life with Alberta. Although painful for her, I hope it was beneficial for her to remember her life in better times with people like your mother. She was extremely sad when I left and I will have to remind her from time to time about Alberta. Some days she remembers her own mother has passed, but has never really grasped the fact that Bill is gone.

Bless you all in the days to come. Doris' thoughts will be with your mother, despite how transient. Our Sympathy! Anne and Jim Fritzinger on behalf of Doris.

Linda Wolford Oakley
   Posted Sun July 29, 2012
My prayers are with you and your family- she was such a wonderful person- she will be sadly missed-

Ed and Donna Messer
   Posted Mon July 30, 2012
Jan, Marsha, and Gale:

I was sorry to hear about your mother's passing. I will always remember her smile and her hospitality.

Ed Messer

maria zientek pippin
   Posted Mon August 06, 2012
Dear Marsha, Jan & Gale,

I am so sorry to hear of Alberta''s passing. She was such a great lady. My grandmother always adored Alberta.

I just learned about Alberta''s passing today. I do not get the Hagerstown paper and I''m so sorry I couldn''t have paid my respects to you in person.

You all were blessed with amazing parents. Fred & Alberta were great people.

Maria Zientek Pippin

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