Margaret “Mimi” Maddux Young, 94, passed away Monday, October 7, 2019 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Born in Coffeyville, Kansas on October 30, 1924, she is preceded in death by her parents Ola Benton and Dona (Powell) Maddux and brother, Lloyd Eugene. Margaret was a long-time resident of Irving, Texas where she lived with her husband of 70 years, James “Jim” Whitehurst Young, now deceased.
In addition to being a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, Margaret was a passionate educator in the Irving Independent School District for 40 years. She received her BS from Sul Ross State College in 1951 and moved to Irving, Texas to begin her career in education. As an elementary school teacher, she set the highest standards for her peers and worked diligently to reach every boy and girl in her care with creative learning experiences. Upon receiving a Master of Education from North Texas State University in 1966, she went on to serve as school counselor at Bowie Junior High, reading consultant for IISD and as a member of the State Textbook Committee. In 1973, Margaret became the first female principal in the Irving school district at Otis Brown Elementary. In 1979, Margaret opened the new home of Townley Elementary School where she served as principal until her retirement in 1991. Townley Elementary, whose mascot is the “Torchlighter,” exemplified Margaret’s belief that it was her responsibility as an educator to “light the torch” for others, and she challenged all of those around her to do the same. She led by example and was passionate about empowering her staff to be the best they could be.
Margaret’s joy for a life well lived was evident. She had an endless supply of energy and creativity that propelled her in every area. Margaret loved a good project, and alongside Jim, would design an oversee the building of a home that would become a gathering place for family and friends. She loved her family and enjoyed celebrating milestones in each of their lives. Her memory will live on with them as they recall her enjoyment of a blanket of bluebonnets in the Texas Hill Country, a patriotic concert
on the Fourth of July or the beauty of changing leaves in the fall. When her family and friends are gathered, they will remember her contagious smile and attitude that “almost anything is possible if you put your mind to it!”
Margaret is survived by her three children, James Stanton Young, wife Camille; William Jeffrey Young, wife Debbie; and Kathryn Young Warren, husband Bill. Margaret’s seven grandchildren are James Jeffrey Young, wife Abby; Matthew Levingston Young, wife Aimee; Brittany Leigh Young, William James Warren, Benton Henry Warren, Jason Scott Haynes, and Taylor Carson Marsalis, wife Spring. Her seven great-grandchildren are Wills, Stella and Francie Young, Mimi Hays and Mills Margaret Young, Ty James Young and Carson Marsalis.
A family celebration of life was held in memory of Margaret in Fayetteville, Arkansas following her passing. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a family memorial service at DFW National Cemetery
followed by a reception in her honor for family and friends in Irving, Texas, has been postponed until
Until that time, please consider joining us in honoring her memory and legacy by making a donation to the Margaret M. Young Memorial Scholarship, Irving Schools Foundation.
“The peace of God must quiet our minds and rest our hearts. We must put our hand in the hand of God like a little child and let Him lead us out into the bright sunshine of His love.” – Streams in the Desert