Yvette Marie Young, age 97, of Dew Drop Loop in Newland, passed away Tuesday afternoon, June 4, 2019, at Life Care Center of Banner Elk.
Yvette Marie Helene Jeanclaude, was the last of seven children born to Pauline Aubret and Felcien Jeanclaude, in the small village of Habeaurupt, France, near Plainfaing. She was orphaned at the age of 12 and entered a boarding school in Nancy, France, “Enfant Jesus Convent,” where she graduated from high school. She then attended a secretarial school, moved to Paris where she found work.
Yvette married Bernard J. Zenner in 1943 in Paris, where he was a performer with the “Cirque d’Hiver.” The next year saw the birth of their daughter, Francine.
While Bernard was performing with the “Rose Gould Act” in Paris, they were booked by the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus to come to the United States and be the center ring act for the 1947-48 season. The family left France in early 1947 and arrived in Sarasota, Fla., then the circus’ winter quarters. In the ensuing years, Yvette became a performer too, doing the big spectaculars, web and trapeze. Her circus career ended in 1955. By then, she and Bernard had divorced and she settled with her daughter in Sarasota.
In 1956 she graduated from cosmetology school and practiced as a beautician until she retired in 1988. She loved her work and clients and her clients loved her.
In 1960, she married Sid Foote, and they were happily married until his death in 1985. Sid was a printer and worked for many years at The Sarasota Herald Tribune.
In 1987, Yvette married William D. Young. He worked as an mechanical engineer throughout his career. They both retired and were able to enjoy traveling the country with their dog, Nounoun, for several years. Yvette had vacationed for more than 20 years in the North Carolina mountains and her dream was to spend the rest of her life there, so in 1994 they moved to Linville Land Harbor, near Newland, NC, and have lived there ever since. She has always been grateful to Bill for making it possible for her to live out her life in the place of her dreams.
Yvette loved the mountains, they reminded her of the Alsace Region of France where she grew up. She had a strong faith and a was very active in the life of St. Bernadette in Linville. Always a talented seamstress, in her retirement she became an accomplished quilter. She was devoted to her quilting group. Yvette was a member of the volunteers at Cannon Memorial Hospital for over 19 years and worked in the gift shop, plus knitting many baby layettes that then were donated for sale there. She was a devoted wife and mother, a wonderful cook, devoted friend and avid reader.
Yvette is survived by her Husband of 32 years: William D. Young; Daughter: Francine Hagar and Son-in-law: Chris Hagar of Bigfork, Mont.; Grandson: Paul Hagar and Daughter-in-law: Tricia Mullaney; and Grandchildren: Ronan Hagar and Madeleine Hagar of Westfield, NJ; Granddaughter: Ardelle Hagar; Son-in-law: Adam Gerber, and Grandchildren: Yvette Gerber and Eamon Gerber of Lake Forest, Ill.; Step-children: William Young and his wife, Terri, of Exeter, R.I., and Charles Young and his wife, Denise of Thompson, CN; and Sister-in-law: Helen Young.
A funeral mass for Yvette Marie Young was conducted at 10 a.m. on Thursday morning, June 6, 2019, at St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Linville. Officiating was Father Christopher Goble. The family received friends following the funeral mass.
Please send remembrances to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be sent to the Young family at hamptonfuneralnc.com.
Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.