Mary Jane Yarborough (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

MCCORMICK, S.C. - Mary Jane Yarborough, affectionately known as "May-May" by her family, died peacefully on Sunday, November 4, 2007. Mary was born in McCormick County on March 19, 1912 where she lived her entire life. She was predeceased by her mother, Julia Reddick. After the death of her mother, Mary was raised from the age of six by John Arch and Mattie Talbert, whom she devoted her entire life to care for until their deaths. She is survived by many nieces and nephews of Arch and Mattie Talbert, their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; and the many friends that she made during her lifetime. Mary will be remembered most for the good deeds she did daily for those around her. Whether it was delivering the mail to friends and shut-ins, carrying them to doctor appointments, or driving them to get groceries, she could always be counted on to be there when needed. Mary loved children and spent time teaching them to play games such as "Old Maids" and "Go Fish" on the living room floor at Arch and Mattie's house. On birthdays and holidays, it was always a delight to get a beautifully decorated cake made by Mary and Miss Mattie. Mary was an avid gardener and grew many vegetables in the backyard that she always shared, although she was best known for her ability to grow beautiful flowers. Her yard was always a showplace in the spring and summer with many annuals and perennials scattered about. Mary will be remembered as a kind and caring person whose happiness and good deeds will always be a part of the memories of those who grew up in McCormick. Just as the sun warmed her flowers, Mary was the sun as she entered a room, saying "What do you know good?" Her kind words and deeds along with her determination never failed to lift people around her. She was an inspiration to everyone she came in contact with. She never met a stranger and her friends ranged from all walks of life. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. The family will be at the home of John and Miriam Azevedo, 213 Pirates Cove. The funeral service will be graveside Wednesday, November 7th at 2 p.m. at McCormick City Cemetery with Dr. Robert Faulkner officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, November 6th from 6-8 p.m. at Walker Funeral Home, McCormick, S.C. Memorials may be made to Hospice Care of the Piedmont, Inc., 408 West Alexander Avenue, Greenwood, S.C. 29646. Sign the guestbook at

The Augusta Chronicle-November 6, 2007