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Nina May Ybarra

3 November , 192831 August , 2019

Nina M. Ybarra, of Jackson, passed away peacefully in her sleep on August 31. She was 90 years old.

Nina was born in Parma in 1928, the 7th child of Charles and Bertha (Buske) Southwell. She was the great-grandchild of Jackson pioneers Edward and Elizabeth (Eighmey) Southwell, of Henrietta township, and grandchild of Asa J. and Ella (Abbott) Southwell. Her ancestor Luther Bishop served for Connecticut at the Lexington Alarm. Maternal grandparents were Karl “Charles” Buske, Michigan immigrant from Prussia in 1876 with parents Christian and Friedrike (Schuzer), and Wilhelmena “Minnie” Buske.

Nina attended one-room schoolhouses, both in Parma, and on her grandparents’ former land north of Jackson (the “Southwell School”). She graduated from Parma High School in 1946, and was a lifelong attendee of North Parma Church. After school she worked for Corning Glass, where she met her husband Amador V. Ybarra in 1953. They were happily married for 52 years. Nina raised six children in Jackson, and was a beloved second mom to many, simply adding them to the stack in the back of the VW bus. Nina loved to drive the countryside and visit friends and family. She befriended everyone she met, and had an adage for every situation. To her children and grandchildren, she was kind, calm, generous, practical, honest, and loving. To her friends, she was fun and feisty.

Nina returned to work selling advertising for the Parma News. She said she could sell “ice cubes to Eskimos,” and her skills ensured the newspaper’s success. Together with her husband and the Cascades Civitan, Nina served the community with numerous volunteer activities, including monthly dances for adults with disabilities and distribution of food to elderly residents. Nina enjoyed winters in Redwood City, California, where she wrote her memoirs at the Veterans’ Memorial Senior Center. She was an avid reader and fostered a love of puzzles, words, and books in her children. She enjoyed clubs including quilting, Red Hat Society, and Parma “Country Club.”

Nina was predeceased by her husband, parents and seven siblings: Ella Burroughs, Edward Southwell, Bernie Joe Southwell, Howard Southwell, Irma Martin, Ruby Radziewicz, and Jean Frizzell. She is survived by her children: Noemi Ybarra (Larry Guentert); Nicho Ybarra (Florence Gray); Carolyn Ybarra (Shimon Avrahami); Amador V. Ybarra, Jr. (Tish); Anna Marie Lenardson (James, Jr., “Robb”); and John Ybarra; grandchildren: Elana Ybarra (Josh Elliott); Kyle (Trisha Binschus); Jessie Avrahami; Isaac, Ezri, and Shyanna Lenardson; and two great-grandchildren.

Donations in her memory may be made to: Cascades Civitan c/o Angie Brigham 757 Carlton Blvd. Jackson, MI 49203

A Memorial Service to celebrate Nina's life will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 11:00AM at the Springport United Methodist Church, 127 W. Main St., Springport, MI with Pastor Mark E. Mitchell officiating. A reception will follow the service in the fellowship hall.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, 7 September , 2019


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Cynthia Carefoot

5 September 2019

Condolences to the Ybarra family from JCMCF, Recovery Road. We were privileged to care for Nina in her last days. She cheered us always with her contagious smile and positive attitude. She is very much missed among us.
Cynthia Carefoot, Social Work

Tracy Miller (Marble)

3 September 2019

I remember when we were kids playing in the Attic at Aunt Nina's house and Teresa stuck her finger under the needle of an old sewing machine and was pretending that the needle was stuck in her finger. I thought it was so I turned the knob on the needle to lift it out of her finger and it went all the way through her finger instead. When the needle went through her finger she jerked her hand back and broke the needle off in her finger . We all went running down the stairs screaming and Aunt Nina calmly took a pair of pliers and pulled the needle out of Teresa's finger, put a bandaid on it, and told us to go play. That was Aunt Nina in nutshell. She will be missed by us all.
Tracy Miller

Linda Miller

3 September 2019

Nina was a great storyteller and boy, did she enjoy a good off-color joke . We traveled to quite a few Civitan conventions. and shared a lot of adventures together. I knew she was fading the last few times I saw her. Nina, you will be deeply missed. I will treasure our memories together..

Joan Watters

2 September 2019

Nina will be greatly missed she was such a good person and had a wonderful sense of humor I especially remember going to Civitan conventions with her and having a ball

Jill Cline

2 September 2019

So glad I got to know Nina through her attendance at North Parma United Methodist Church. She always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. I will miss her in the back row ...ready to give a hug or tell a story. Rest in peace, Nina.


2 September 2019

Nina was a treasured friend of our family since childhood. Always a "story" to tell about her days at Campbell School ... and Parma . RIP

Angie Brigham

2 September 2019

Some of my favorite memories of Nina are her smile and when she would share memories of her life and experiences. Rest in peace my friend.

Bill Olney

2 September 2019

I remember volunteering with her at the st. John's united church of christ on mechanic st. In Jackson, mi and also when she would come to the cascade civitains club dinners. She was a great woman and I will dearly miss her.