Barbara Young McKee, 83, passed away Sunday, at her home in Raleigh, North Carolina. She was the daughter of the late Stanley Parkinson Young and Helen Gordon Young. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Muriel Amell.
Barbara was born in Newton, MA and grew up in the town of Wellesley. She graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio. After college, she worked in Boston and Chicago, then moved to New York City to work for AT&T, where she met her husband John McKee. After marrying John at First Presbyterian Church in NYC, they settled in Summit, New Jersey, then Greensboro, North Carolina and more recently, The Cypress of Raleigh in North Carolina. Barbara became a housewife, mother and volunteer. She later started a small handbag business which she operated throughout the southeast. Barbara loved gardening, duplicate bridge, swimming, reading, playing the piano and spending time with her family.
Barbara is survived by her husband of 49 years, John Lowell McKee; her daughter, Karen McKee Brown and husband Ed of Raleigh; her son, Brian Ross McKee of Plano, Texas; and her granddaughters, Rachel Brown and Hannon Brown.
The family would like to thank the Residents and Staff of the The Cypress of Raleigh and The Rosewood Health Center, as well as Hospice of Wake County, for their support of both Barbara and John.
Friends are welcome to join the family at their home, on Thursday, July 18th from 4:30-7:00 pm, to honor Barbara's life. A private family interment and service will follow on Friday, July 19th at Guilford Memorial Park in Greensboro, NC.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be given to The American Cancer Society, Hospice of Wake County, or to the charity of one's choice.
Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Saint Mary's St., Raleigh.
Condolences may be offered at www.brownwynne.com.