Brigitte Yarborough died on Sunday, September 1, 2013, surrounded by family and friends. Her zest for life, many acts of kindness, and fascinating life stories will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
She was born on May 22, 1928, in Berlin, Germany, to Kurt and Sophie Roeder von Diersburg. She was raised in Cologne, Germany, and other German communities where she survived World War II, including the bombing of Dresden in 1945.
Brigitte met her husband, Dr. Kemp Yarborough, in Germany after the war. They were married in November 1947 and she traveled to the United States on a troop ship of 60 war brides. She lived in South Carolina and New York City before settling in St. Mary’s City, Maryland, as a housewife in 1954, raising three children. In 1965, she and her family moved to Denton, Texas, where her husband served on the faculty of TWU until 1987. She retired to the Good Samaritan Denton Village in 2008.
Brigitte has been a member of the Denton Garden Club for over thirty years. She was also active in the Denton Celtic Society, the Native Plant Society, the Audubon Society, and the Denton County Alliance for the Mentally Ill. In addition to gardening, she enjoyed a number of other activities including crafts, pressing flowers, laminating cards, walking, traveling, and spending time with her family and many friends.
She was predeceased by her parents, Kurt and Sophie Roeder von Diersburg. her husband, Kemp Yarborough, her brother, Eberhard Roeder von Diersburg, and her son, Charles Christopher Yarborough. She is survived by her son, William Yarborough of Clayton, California, and his wife Inge, and by her daughter, Victoria Lisi of Fort Collins, Colorado, and her husband, Julius Lisi. Brigitte also had five grandchildren: Mark, Brian, and Erika of California, and Astra and Bryan of Austin, TX.
Her memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. on September, 7, 2013 at the Good Samaritan Denton Village Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial donations to the Good Samaritan Denton Village Building Campaign, 2500 Hinkle Drive, Denton, Texas 76201.