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Mary Elise Alderdice Yarbro

June 25, 1921 - January 28, 2020

A celebration of her life will take place with a Memorial Service at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 7th at Christ Chapel Bible Church, Dr. Gilbert Davis officiating. Burial at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, February 6th in the Williamsburg Room of Thompson’s Harveson & Cole.

Mary Elise Yarbro, 98, went to be with her Lord and Savior, on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 just as she lived her life, with a smile on her face.

Elise Alderdice Yarbro was born in Midlothian, Texas on June 5, 1921, to Joseph Lloyd and Mary Hamlett Alderdice. She grew up in Midlothian and graduated as Valedictorian from Midlothian High School. She received two degrees from Texas Woman’s University and was listed in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.
She was the author of FOR GOD AND SUZI (written after the sudden death of her daughter) published in 1972 and THE LONG GOODBYE (an Alzheimer caregiver’s handbook) published in 2003.
She was very active in civic, community, and church work all her life: a member of University Christian Church, serving in many capacities; a member of the first committee to bring Hospices to Fort Worth in 1973; and, an accomplished speaker giving many programs, Bible studies, and book reviews.
She was always very “crafty” and artistic with beading flowers, needlepoint, crocheting, knitting, charcoal drawing, painting, etc. When asked her favorite hobby she stated that she “dearly loved people!” As her family can attest, she was beloved as well.
The family would like to thank Dr. Robert Kelly and Stonegate Nursing staff and residents for all their love and care.
She was preceded in death by beloved husband Wes Yarbro, beloved daughter Suzanne Elise Yarbro, grandson Richard Alan Hughes, Jr., brothers and sisters-in-law Lloyd and Dorothy Alderdice and Barham and Sunny Alderdice.

She is survived by her son, Jim Yarbro and his wife Joyce; daughter, Rosemary and her husband Richard Hughes; grandchildren Joseph Wesley Yarbro (and his mother, Judy), Regan Elise Hughes Andrews and her husband Daniel Cullen Andrews, Robyn Hughes, Jocelynn and Clay Myers, Jeremy and Kim Ruthardt; nine great grandchildren; and numerous beloved nephews and nieces.