Emily Kurrie Youngblood, 75, former Indianapolis 500 Festival Princess

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Emily Youngblood
Emily Youngblood

SOUTHPORT – Emily Youngblood, 75, of Southport, beloved wife, mother, and sister, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016.

Mrs. Youngblood was born Emily Woods Kurrie on Dec. 10, 1940 in Indianapolis, Indiana, to the late Emily Pearson Kurrie and the late Thompson Kurrie. She graduated from Pine Crest Preparatory School, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and attended St. Mary of the Woods College in Terre Haute, Indiana, and Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana.

In 1960, she was named an Indianapolis 500 Festival Princess, and was an active member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority in college and for many years following. She married Robert Frank Youngblood in Fort Lauderdale on April 11, 1964, and was a loving homemaker and mother through corporate moves to Port of Spain, Trinidad, Brevard, North Carolina, Silver Spring, Maryland, Sparta, New Jersey, and Yardley, Pennsylvania. She and her husband, Bob, retired to Southport, North Carolina, in 1999 where she attended St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, volunteered at the Southport Visitor Center and enjoyed her lifelong passion for bridge.

She will be missed by many, and leaves behind her husband of 52 years, Robert Frank Youngblood of Southport; daughter, Jennifer Nixon Youngblood of Vienna, Virginia; brother, Thompson Kurrie Jr. and his wife Merry Jo of Valdosta, Georgia; sister-in-law Alice Youngblood Kraus; and nephew and nieces, Thompson Kurrie III, Cindy Fotheringham, Kathryn “Kit” Kraus, Lee S. Kurrie and Mary Margaret Kurrie Williams.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, Sept. 1, at 11 a.m. at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church Chapel of the Cross. The family will receive friends at the church following the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. www.stjude.org