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In Memory Of Our Poets

Donjette Stewart (Yarbrough) (1933-2016) - Class Of 1950

TUSCALOOSA – Donjette Stewart Yarbrough, age 83, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., died August 11, 2016. Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, August 18, 2016, at First United Methodist Church with Dr. Ken Dunivant and Rev. Dan Kilgore officiating. Burial will be 12:30 p.m. Friday, August 19, 2016, at Greenwood Cemetery in Montgomery, Ala., with Heritage Chapel Funeral Home & Cremations, a Dignity Memorial Provider, directing. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at First United Methodist Church.

Donjette Yarbrough was born January 18, 1933, in Montgomery, Alabama, to Ruby and Lorenzo Stewart. She attended Sidney Lanier High School and graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Social Work. She married James David Yarbrough on June 12, 1954, and ndcelebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary in June.

Mother was a social worker at Partlow in Alabama and later in Mississippi. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, daughter, grandmother and great-grandmother and cherished friend to many. 

Mother never met a stranger; she bonded quickly with all types of people often inviting them to Thanksgiving dinner. She had a huge heart for those in need-her empathy for those less fortunate, ill or just struggling was legendary and she set a wonderful example for her children and grandchildren to emulate.

Her wide network of friends, many who she knew for more than 50 years, will miss her warmth, honesty, irreverent sense of humor and her caring nature.
She participated in many civic organizations often hosting parties and meetings for these groups. She was an active lifelong member of the United Methodist Church.

The family wishes to thank Terralyn Muttaki for her loving care of our mother, the staff of Hallmark Manor at the Capstone Village for their incredible compassion and professionalism and the fine nurses and staff of West Alabama Hospice.

In honor of our mother, hug your family and tell them that you love them, take a friend to lunch or help a stranger. 

Memorials can be made to:

The Donjette and Jim Yarbrough Caring Hands Award
The University of Alabama
Office of University Advancement
Box 87101
Tuscaloosa  AL 35487

or West Alabama Hospice.

She was preceded in death by her beloved son, David Stewart Yarbrough; her parents Ruby and Lorenzo Stewart; and many cherished aunts, uncles and cousins.

She is survived by her husband, James David Yarbrough; daughters, Kathy Yarbrough and Lisa Fowler (Charles); sister, Emily Gilbert (Joseph); grandchildren, Tracy Hanserd (Matt), Mary Terrell (Chris), Jocelyn Fowler, Andrew Fowler and Stewart Fowler; and great-grandchildren, Ellie, Leah, Parker and Adarn Hanserd and Parker Terrell. Other survivors include her sister-in-law, Janice Ksara (Edward), daughter-in-law, Cathy Yarbrough and many special nieces and nephews.

Condolences may be offered at www.heritagechapeltuscaloosa.com.

Published in Tuscaloosa News on Aug. 16, 2016