Nancy Wagoner Young
13 April, 1927 – 29 May, 2020
Nancy Wagoner Young passed away Friday, May 29 at Moses Cone Hospital. She was born on April 13, 1927 to Mont Clair Wagoner and Katie Troxler Wagoner. She lived in Monticello, North Carolina, until attending Women’s College (now UNCG) where she earned a degree in Elementary Education. She taught fifth grade in High Point City schools until her marriage. In 1983, she earned her Master’s Degree in Education from UNCG and taught for one more year after that. She is still remembered fondly by many of her former students who would stop and speak to her while eating lunch at Kepley’s in High Point.
Nancy married William Elmer Young in 1953, and they had two children, Rebecca Young Hampton (Ron) and Craig Ellis Young. She is predeceased by both her husband and her son. Left to cherish her memory are her daughter and son-in-law, and two granddaughters who she dearly loved – Elizabeth Leisinger (Jason) of Evergreen, Colorado, and Caroline Cox (Michael) of Charlotte, and three great-granddaughters – Eloise Nancy Leisinger, Dorothy Claire Leisinger, and Charlie Evelyn Cox. She took great joy in getting to hold and play with each of these grandbabies, even if for only a little while. She is also survived by one sister, Joan Hinshaw.
Nancy was a member of the Christian Science Church of High Point, and later the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Greensboro. She served in almost every leadership position in the two churches including First Reader and Second Reader for several terms. A deeply spiritual person, she lived her love for God and Christ, and shared that love with those around her.
Nancy was an active gardener and loved flowers, planting, and harvesting. She is known for her beautiful iris beds at her home in High Point where many visitors stopped by each spring to admire them. Having never met a stranger, she always welcomed anyone who wanted to see her gardens.
In the early 1970’s, she was asked to serve on the Piedmont Environmental Advisory Board. At the time, there was no recycling program in Guilford County, and she saw a need for this service. Nancy was instrumental in bringing recycling to Guilford County.
A creative person, she took up basket making later in life and made hundreds of high quality baskets that she sold at art stores, guilds, and craft fairs.
Nancy was also a friend who took care of her friends. Often she’d make applesauce cupcakes or homemade soup to take to an elderly friend, or just as an “I’m thinking of you” gesture. Perhaps her favorite recipient of her baked goods was her nextdoor neighbor, Brad Bulla, whom she always declared was the best neighbor anyone could ever have.
The family wants to extend thanks to Home Instead Senior Care for providing caregivers that allowed her to stay in her home until age 92. Special thanks go to Kay Flannery and Teresa Brewster who were special caregivers while she was at home. Also, many thanks go to Carriage House Memory Care for taking care of her the last year of her life. They understood her love of laughter and kept her entertained and happy.
Memorial contributions may be made in Nancy’s name to the First Church of Christ, Scientist of Greensboro or to a charity of one’s choice.
A private graveside service will be held at Floral Garden Park Cemetery in High Point.
Online condolences for the Young family may be made at www.sechrestfunerals.com
- Mont Clair & Katie Troxler Wagnor, Parents (deceased)
- William Elmer Young, Husband (deceased)
- Rebecca Young Hampton & husband Ron, Daughter
- Craig Ellis Young, Son (deceased)
- Elizabeth Leisinger & husband Jason, Granddaughter
- Caroline Cox & husband Michael, Granddaughter
- Eloise Nancy Leisinger, Great Granddaughter
- Dorothy Claire Leisinger, Great Granddaughter
- Charlie Evelyn Cox, Great Granddaughter
First Church of Christ Science
105 Arden Pl, Greensboro, North Carolina 27403
Nancy Wagoner Young
4 June 2020
Dear Becky and family,
Mrs Young was always such a pleasure to talk to when we had the chance to see her at our many fun gatherings. She was never without a smile and a kind word. I am so happy that she was able to be with all of you this past holiday. So happy that she was part of our life as well. Love to all. The Nieland Family
Audrey Knight McDonald
3 June 2020
"Miss Wagoner" was the best teacher ever!! I had her in 5th grade at Elm Street School. A favorite memory is a road trip she took us on to Chapel Hill. While walking around campus, she ran into some college friends , including a couple of football players whose names we recognized!!! She always had a smile when she was teaching or simply talking to us. We always knew that was because she loved us.