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Clara Mae (Youngblood) Young was born on March 2, 1945, to Robert and Alline (Humphrey) Youngblood in Homer, Louisiana. The sixth of eight children born to this union, she transitioned to eternity on December 6, 2023.
Clara married the love of her life, high-school sweetheart Jalmar William “Buddy” Young. Together, they nurtured and loved two children, Jamal and Dashuna. Between the two, she enjoyed regularly attending their school's extracurricular and sporting events. She took great pride in keeping a clean home and having dinner prepared each night by 6:30 p.m. Clara kneeled each night to say her prayers before bed. In 1992, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. At the time of her passing, she was a proud 31-year breast cancer survivor. Clara and Buddy remained united in holy matrimony until his eternal transition in 1994. She kept herself busy with church, watching sports events, gardening, and spending time at the Hamilton Park Recreation Center.
Affectionately regarded as "Sweetie", Clara graduated as valedictorian from Mayfield High School in 1963. She went on to attend Grambling College in Grambling, Louisiana, where she graduated in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education. She taught typing, shorthand, and bookkeeping at Pineview High School in Louisiana for one semester. She later enjoyed a long career at the City of Dallas, working for the Dallas Fire Department - Arson and Fire Investigation (a law enforcement agency) for 27 years. Her job scope included personal contact with the parents and juveniles who were referred to the Juvenile Firesetters Program. She was instrumental in creating and maintaining confidential files of adult arson suspects and juvenile offenders, and she maintained custody of all fire department polygraph examination files. She also attended several City of Dallas leadership seminars. After many years of dedicated service, she retired in 1996. However, her passion for helping young people led her to volunteer and become a substitute teacher at New Mt. Zion Daycare for two years. Soon after, she spent the following years being the daytime caregiver for her two granddaughters until they entered daycare.
As a young child, Clara accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior. She was an active member of Center Springs Methodist Church in Louisiana. Upon relocating to Dallas in 1967, under the leadership of Rev. M.V. Wade, she united with Bethlehem Baptist Church, where she served on the Adult Usher Board and sang in the Senior Choir for 10 years. In 1977, she united with New Mt. Zion Baptist Church under the leadership of Dr. R.E. Price, Sr. In 2001, she was appointed by Pastor Price to serve as Youth Director, a role she fulfilled until 2023. She also served on the Adult and Youth Usher Boards, was a VBS Arts and Crafts worker, attended Women's Sunday School, and attended mid-week Bible Study. Other offices held during her time at New Mt. Zion included Assistant Youth Usher Board Director (1979), Adult Usher Board President (1981), NMZ Athletic Department Girls Assistant Softball Coach (1984), and Youth Usher Board Director (1994). Clara remained a faithful servant until her transition.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Alline (Humphrey) Youngblood; husband, Jalmar Young; and siblings, Robert Lee Youngblood, Dolphus Youngblood and Stanley Youngblood.
Those left to cherish precious memories include her son, Jamal Young (Cassandra Lyles); daughter, Dashuna Young; granddaughters, Jadra Young and Oriel Coleman; siblings - Leodis Youngblood, Charles Youngblood, Ruthell (Youngblood) Harris, and Barbara Nell (Youngblood) Devan; and a host of close relatives and friends.