Barbara Ann Young, 81, passed away at home on Monday April 17, 2023. Barbara was born in Grebel, PA and moved to Tampa, FL at the age of 7 graduating from Hillsborough High School in 1959. She worked as a teacher’s aide at Riverhills Elementary School while raising her children. She then decided to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse and graduated from Erwin Technical School as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She continued her nursing education obtaining her AS degree in Nursing and received her RN from the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York in 1987. She worked at St. Joseph's Hospital before moving to the James A Haley VA Hospital working as a night charge RN devoting 19 years to the care of our veterans.
Barbara was an avid animal lover who had numerous pets in her lifetime. She worked part time as a RN at Busch Gardens Tampa for 27 years in First Aid, doing camp sleepovers, and later doing employee Drug Testing. She loved being with the campers and having the opportunity to introduce the children to the behind the scene workings of Busch Gardens.
She listened to country music and loved to play solitaire, read and travel. When asked what three things she would want to have with her if stranded on a deserted island she replied, family pictures, books and a radio! But more than anything, she loved her family and devoted herself to providing for their well-being and happiness. She loved spending time with her grandchildren giving hugs, playing with them and providing new adventures for them. She made a lot of memories for each of them. She will be greatly missed by her children - James Young of Ontario, Canada; Julie McLain of Bismarck, AR; and Jynine Benvenuti of Seffner,FL; her brother Russell (Bud) Kindt and his wife Lucy of Moulton, Alabama; an uncle, Dennis Kohr of Robesonia, Pa and 6 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Our thanks go out to Gloria Walendzik, who was not only a long time friend of both Barbara and our family, but also her primary caregiver. We also appreciate all the love, care and support Lori Mace gave helping Gloria care for her. These two went above and beyond providing around the clock, superior care, for which our family is deeply appreciative.
We would like to acknowledge and thank Chapters Hospice for all the support, both physical and emotional, as well as their devoted care which allowed Barbara to end life's journey with dignity, respect and love in her own home.
Donations can be made in Barbara's name to:
LifePath Hospice Chapters Health
11150 N. 53rd Street Temple Terrace, Fl 33617
She will be greatly missed by all who loved her. At her request there will be no funeral or memorial.
"Good night, sleep tight and pleasant dreams to you. Here's a wish and a prayer that all your dreams come true and until we meet again, Adios, Good Night"