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Mary Elizabeth (Barheight) Young

September 25, 1931 ~ December 23, 2021 (age 90)


Mary Elizabeth (Barheight) Young, 90, a lifelong resident of Clarendon, Saybrook and Sheffield passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, December 23, 2021 at the Lutheran Home of Kane.  Mary was born September 25, 1931 in Clarendon, Pennsylvania, the daughter of the late Gilford Edward Barheight and Jennie Theresa (Waples) Barheight.  She was a 1949 graduate of Warren High School and continued her education by attending Business School.  She married the love of her life George Theodore (Ted) Young on December 11, 1959 in Clarendon, Pennsylvania.  Her first job, right out of school, was at the Warren County Dairy. Mary worked for the Warren County School District as cafeteria worker at Allegheny Valley in Clarendon and Sheffield Area, Jr. Sr. High School and then as a cafeteria supervisor at the Sheffield Elementary School for many years from which she retired. She enjoyed needlepoint and crocheting.  Her favorite holiday was Christmas.


She was an active member of the Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sheffield.  She served as a church secretary for Pastor Eliason, Pastor Cox and Pastor Blank as well Financial Secretary for several years.  She was President of the Lutheran Womens’ Club, member of the Church Council, served as a Lutheran Brotherhood contact and attended numerous church conventions in different capacities.  She was also the Superintendent of the Bethany Lutheran Sunday School, a Sunday School Teacher and sang in the church choir.  She was also President of Sheffield Senior Womens’ Club.   In Mary’s younger years, she loved horseback riding and she enjoyed many good times with a special friend Annie Nobles, of Clarendon. 


Mary was very actively involved in Scouting.  Her husband was a Scouter and Scoutmaster of Troop 35 in Sheffield.  During this time, she served as Troop Treasurer for many years.  In 1980, she received the Chief Cornplanter Council’s Presidents Award.  In 1981, she attended Philmont Scout Ranch for training to become a Roundtable Commissioner and served in that capacity for Chief Cornplanter Council.  She was instrumental in organizing one of Chief Cornplanter Council’s largest contingents to Philmont Scout Ranch.  In addition, she received the Silver Beaver Award in 2001 from Chief Corplanter Council.


Left behind to cherish Mary’s memory are her son John Young of Sheffield and her niece Sue (Barheight) Knightlinger and her nephew Bill Barheight.  She is further survived by her faithful dog companion, Tilly.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband George Theodore (Ted) Young on June 19, 2011, one brother, Clifford (Chip) Barheight and a niece, Peggy (Barheight) Baca.  She is also survived by many cousins.


Mary’s family will welcome family and friends on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Borden Funeral Home of Sheffield.  Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor David Pflieger, Chaplain of the Lutheran Home of Kane officiating.  Private burial will take place the Oakland Cemetery in Warren at a future date to be determined.  The wearing of face masks and social distancing is highly recommended.


Memorial donations may be made to the Bethany Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 824, Sheffield, Pennsylvania 16347 or Boy Scout Troop #35, Sheffield, c/o Mike Smith, 54 Fullerton Road, Clarendon, Pennsylvania 16313.  To add an online condolence, please go to 

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