Barbara Lee Young (Nesting)

Barbara Lee Young (Nesting)
Date Of Birth: 03/29/1939
Date of Death: 03/09/2021

Barbara was born on March 29, 1939, in Portland, Oregon, to Olaf and Leona Nesting. She was the oldest of 3 children and resided in the St. John’s neighborhood of North Portland. She attended Roosevelt High School and was named Rose Festival Princess in the spring of 1957. It was a huge honor being Roosevelt’s princess and she was so grateful for the opportunities and festivities that came with the title of princess.

After high school, Barbara spent her early adult years traveling and working as a Flight Attendant and then attending both Oregon State University and Portland State University. She graduated from Portland State in June of 1965 and married Virgil R. Young III shortly thereafter. Once married, she and Virgil moved to Antioch, California, where she began teaching at a public school.

In September of 1970, Barbara became a mom for the first time and had a baby girl (Tierney). Two years later, she and Virgil welcomed a son and named him Virgil IV. She was a stay at home mom and enjoyed every minute of that time in her life. She loved making our childhood special…she’d surprise us with caramel apples after school in the Fall, she made a huge bowl of popcorn and a jug of Kool-Aid everyday in the summer as all the neighborhood kids swam in her backyard…she was an incredibly loving and thoughtful mother.

During the early 80’s, Barbara and her family lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and then moved back to Antioch, California in 1988. In, 2000, she and Virgil moved to Portland to begin their retirement.

In 2002, Barbara became a grandma to grandson, Kyle. She was the BEST grandma and cherished all of the time that she spent with him. The year of 2004 was bittersweet for her in that she unexpectedly lost her husband, Virgil, to heart related issues, but gained a granddaughter (Kelly) three months later. As a widower, Barbara spent her time with her two children, playing with her grandchildren, helping her sister who had Alzheimer’s and attending bible studies.

In 2015, Barbara’s Alzheimer’s disease had progressed to a point where she needed to enter a memory care facility. During her 6 years in memory care, we were constantly told by staff how sweet she is and how much they love her big smile. They also told us she loved to dance!

Barbara was an amazing woman. Words can’t even express how wonderful she was. She always had a huge smile on her face and would do anything to help a loved one in need. Her faith meant the world to her and she loved Jesus with all her heart. She had many hardships during her life with surgeries and illness, but she always remained positive and had faith that God would protect her. She was a generous entertainer and enjoyed inviting friends and family over to her home for a meal. She spent quality time with her loved ones and strived to make gatherings special and memorable. She always put others first…never herself. Her passing leaves a huge hole in our heart, but we do have peace in knowing that her Alzheimer’s battle is over and she’s spending eternity dancing up in Heaven.

Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Young III;, her parents, Olaf and Leona Nesting; her grandparents, Alfred and Esther Buss; her sister, Mary Alexander; her in-laws, Virgil Jr. and Mary Young; her brother-in-law, Richard Tyler; her cousin, Roger Matthies (Susan); and her aunts, Irma Davidson (Ron), Dorothy Matthies

Barbara is survived by her children, daughter Tierney Kraft (Brian), son Virgil Young IV (Jennifer); her grandchildren, Kyle Kraft, Kelly Kraft, Sydney, Blake and Jason Schaffer; her brother, Richard Nesting (Margie); her sister-in-law, Trisha Tyler; her uncle, Donald Buss (Judy); her nieces and nephews, Scott Tyler (Bev), Lisa Becker (Herb), Kristin Marsh (Pete), and Greg Nesting; her cousins, Janice Matthies, Rebecca Boyum, Susan Biggs, Teresa McCurdy and Ron Buss

A celebration of life will be held at a later date once it is safe to do so.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to her church, Beaverton Foursquare or The Alzheimer’s Association

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  1. Brian Kraft says:

    Barbara was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, friend and mother-in-law. She gave her blessing over 20 years ago when I asked for her daughter’s hand (Tierney) in marriage. Along the way, Barbara treated me like I was one of her own. We became friends, prayer partners and enjoyed family time together. When Tierney and I had children of our own, Barbara’s teaching skills kicked in. She was amazing at playing with our children and taught them the importance of loving the Lord.
    About 10 years ago, when Alzheimer’s began to take over, Tierney was involved every step of the way to ensure that Barbara was in good hands. It was a blessing that both Tierney and Virgil (Barbara’s son) were with her as she went to the Lord.
    I love you Barbara and you will be missed by so many friends and family members.

  2. Tierney Kraft says:

    Unfortunately, there are some technical difficulties with the pictures loading. Please check back in the next few days to see the complete obituary with photos. Thank you!

  3. Susan F Ludvigson says:

    Tierney & Brian, what a lovely tribute to dear Barbara…& the wonderful photos. We were having a picnic in the first photo at top left with Virg & David on the Columbia River in that photo…thank you for the memories.
    As you know, Barbara was my lifelong friend. She will always have a place in my heart.
    Rest in peace, dearest Barbara.
    Suzi Ludvigson

  4. Linda Schiro-Sorber says:

    I grew up next door to the Nestings, we shared a driveway. Mary and I were good friends, a year apart in age, and I was always in awe of beautiful Barbara. I was in fourth grade the year Barbara was Rose Festival princess and each day I would watch the Royal Roasarian car come to pick her up for one of their special outings. One morning we got a call asking if my mom had some earrings that might match Barbara’s outfit. She did and I treasured the newspaper article showing Princess Barbara wearing mom’s earrings. I remember her as being kind, gentle, poised and lovely. Sometimes Mary would let me stand in the doorway of Barbara’s bedroom and look in at her special place. The Nestings were a lovely family and I’m grateful to have grown up with them as neighbors. The entire family holds a special place in my heart.

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