Mrs. Maria Montez Young Andrews was born August 14, 1937 in Washington, DC. She departed this earthly life and gained her heavenly wings on Thursday, November 26, 2020 in Atlanta, GA
Maria was the beloved daughter of Kelly and Eloise Cagle Young; who she will be joining in Heaven.
At the age of two, Montez (or Maria) the third of what became thirteen children, moved to Taylortown, NC with her family, the place she always called home. She attended Our Lady of Victory Elementary School in Southern Pines, NC and Academy Heights High School in Taylortown. Montez (Maria) moved to Jamestown, Ohio where she met and married Albert Andrews who preceded her in death.
At an early age Montez (Maria) showed a passion for cooking and developed a style for which she became known both professionally and privately wherever she was. Much of her work was with non-profits, especially with VA organizations. Montez (Maria) loved to travel and to explore new places. Her last trip was a year ago in November and December 2019 when she visited her son in Denmark. Montez (Maria) was known for her generosity and was often referred to as one who would “literally give the shirt off her back”. More recently, despite her limited mobility, Montez became a philosophical rock for family members, giving counsel and hope to many.
Maria (Montez) had eight children. She leaves to cherish her beloved memory: Darlina Herring (Booker) of St. Petersburg, FL; Marvina Cuellar of Grand Rapids, MI; Jessica Jackson of Southern Pines, NC; Raymond Andrews of Copenhagen, Denmark; Mantise Andrews (Yvonne) of Raeford, NC; and Nadia Young of Atlanta, GA; who was caretaker of her Mother for the last seven years. Maria will be joining two of her children, whom preceded her in death: Belinda Andrews of Paint Creek, WV; and Jackie Andrews of Augusta, GA. She leaves to cherish her beloved memory: fifteen grandchildren, and twenty-eight great-grandchildren.
Maria (Montez) had thirteen siblings. She leaves to cherish her beloved memory four sisters: Dr. June Young of Oakland, CA; Maxine Bradby of Southern Pines, NC; Denyse Young Mims of Augusta, GA; and Imelda Jackson of Orlando, FL; two brothers: Winston Young (Para) of Southern Pines, NC; and Glinwood Young of Oakland, CA. Maria will be joining six of her siblings, whom preceded her in death: Kelly Jr. Young of Boston MA; Avon Young of Southern Pines, NC; Clementine Bowling of Pinehurst, NC; Hurley Young of Southern Pines, NC; Joseph Young Augusta, GA; Tyrone Young of Vallejo, CA; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Maria (Montez) passing leaves a big gap in our chain, but she will always live in our hearts.
Uncle Glins name above is spelled correctly.