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Bernina Michelle Young
Bernina Michelle Young was born June 22, 1954, in Baltimore, MD, to the late Bernice Allen and William Gibson. After a short illness, she went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 18, surrounded by family in her Virginia Beach home.
Bernina grew up in Baltimore City, educated in the Baltimore City Public Schools. She graduated from Frederick Douglass High School, class of 1973. She loved sports and was a loyal fan of the Baltimore Ravens and the Orioles despite relocating to Virginia Beach and later to St. Louis. She was game-ready in her Ravens jersey on Sunday afternoons to cheer on Ray Lewis or Lamar Jackson, her favorite players. It should not surprise that she would later meet the love of her life at a family gathering watching football. What started as a simple conversation lasted nearly all night.
A long-distance love affair that lasted two years before Bernina married Larry Young, a sailor in the United States Navy, on August 25, 1979, the greatest day of my life, Larry fondly recalls. Married forty-two years, in that time raised two young men, Xavier Young and son, Fagbemi Young, also known as "her twin" because she put so much of herself into him and a host of family and friends who lived in their home. Trust in God and establish a relationship with Jesus Christ, Fagbemi fondly recalls. She was a woman of God, known for her kindness towards others and loved by many who she loved just as much and often referred to as "mom" by Fagbemi's friends.
A dedicated wife and mother and caring for her family made her very proud. She was an educator by heart and spent most of her adult life educating young children, volunteering at the New Light Baptist Church, and serving her community. However, when Larry wanted to pursue a job opportunity in St. Louis, Missouri, she went along and never complained about the time spent away from their home in Virginia Beach. Throughout the years, they traveled the world together, seeing places they never imagined they'd see, loving every moment of their time together until her sudden illness. My "queen" always supported me, and I love her today as much as I loved her forty-four years ago, Larry affectionately recalls.
Bernina leaves to cherish her memories her husband Larry Young; son Fagbemi Young (Aqueelah); sister Denise Tucker (John); brothers Ronald Allen (Paulette), Darryl Perry, and Rodney Perkins; Mother-In-Law Juanita Young; Sisters-In-Law Rose Harrison, Valerie Crawford; Brothers-In-Law Moses Young, Kenneth Young and Xavier Warden (Theresa); God-Sister Marilyn Brookins. A host of nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, extended family, and many friends.
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Bernina was the first person we met, when we first came to New Light, that made us feel warm and truly welcomed. Her beautiful smile and kind words let us know we were in the right place. We will never iforget her.
Jack & Michelle Pinckney Jan 30 2022 2:32 PM
A candle was lit in memory of Bernina Young
Jack & Michelle Pinckney Jan 30 2022 2:31 PM
Bernina was the first person we met, when we first came to New Light, that made us feel warm and truly welcomed. Her beautiful smile and kind words let us know we were in the right place. We will never forget her.
Jack & Michelle Pinckney Jan 30 2022 2:28 PM
I love you Aunt Bernina, and I'll truly miss you
Xavier d Young Jan 28 2022 3:21 PM
A candle was lit in memory of Bernina Young
Xavier d Young Jan 28 2022 3:20 PM
To Larry and family
On behalf of LL2531 we send our sincere condolences to you and your family upon the death of your beloved Bernina Young. If there is anything you need or anything you want us to do, please don't hesitate to call. God bless you as you endure.
Bernice Jones - President, LL 2531 Jan 28 2022 7:09 AM
Peace and Blessings,
Larry "Raheem" and Fagbemi trusting many Blessings to you both. i know my pain at the time my parents transition.The three of you helped me more than i could ever say. Fagbemi watching you and khadijah enjoy eachother was very positive for my healing.Man it seem you have grown up so fast smile 😃!!!Well study the blue-prints mom and dad laid out for you blessed by that the Creators have for you all ,an i know you all's future will be great. i trust we will be dancing at your 20th anniversary soon! Time seems to be moving so fast, an you an your queen can teach me how to have those kind of anniversary! 😃 please lets stay in touch and again trusting much Peace and Blessings to all!!
Uncle bruce Jan 28 2022 6:03 AM
It is said:we write our eulogy everyday of our life and tho we have a tongue inside our mouth.That often speaks words confessing who we are and what we believe in this society.We often do not realizes that it's our actions that explains it all."Who we really are"! No one has to wear a sign or jump on the mic every chance they get and tell you,"They Love You!"Because if it's true, your action will show it.i feel anyone whom has been around Bernina,excuse me Mrs.Bernina Young "my parents taught us to always respect our Elders" smile 😃! (She gonna laugh at that) but they could see and feel a difference that we do not feel from most people. i feel it was or is because Bernina, in a very natural way showed she's a Soul Being and that connection you feel from her is Soul to Soul. That's the way Truth is.i know a little about that love myself! The Brack Commission closed the base i was employed.My self an a child lived with another family member for awhile. They ended up moving an my child an i were on our own. We could not get any help and no one cared! Larry and Bernina, open up their home to my child an i. It was 8 years before my case was settled an i really started receiving monies that would allow me to provide a home for ourselves.We lived with them for several years.iam sharing this to help you see that it was no act when she showed and shared the "GOD BEING" that leads her that leads them! This is the kind of people they are! We will be forever greatful they are on this journey with us,on this place called earth. The love we have for our Creators an Ancestors, known by many names in many languages threw out the worlds;are shown threw our works and love for Humanity...
akintola Kenimu ab akia "b.bracey" Jan 28 2022 4:43 AM
You were truly a great person. I enjoyed having you as my assistant at New Light Baptist School of Excellence. You were willing, able, and determined to learn. You always did your job. You loved the children like they were your own. No matter what, you found a way for them to have fun. You will take them on field trips even when none was planned, Most of the time, you use your own finances to make sure every child had something. Sometimes, you drove the van and took them out yourself. You always put those children first and made sure they would be taken care of before anything or anybody else. You seem to always find a way for them to have fun. I appreciate the times we use to get up and walk. Then, go to work. You loved the Lord and it showed. You always had a positive word to say and always refer back to the Word when handling situations. You truly will be missed by everyone you came in contact with. You were a great wife and mother. Until we meet again, the memories of you will never fade away.
Thad, Sharon and the Taylor Family.
Sharon Taylor Jan 28 2022 12:16 AM
Mr. Larry & Fagbemi
Sorry for your loss Ms. Bernina has always been a great person in my life & grateful to have her close keeping you in my thoughts & prayers.
JaCole Jan 27 2022 10:57 PM