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Daisy Young, Mother of Andrew Young, Dies at Age 87

December 30, 1989

ATLANTA (AP) _ Daisy Fuller Young, mother of Mayor Andrew Young, died Friday night. She was 87.

Mrs. Young died at Crawford Long Hospital, said hospital spokeswoman Tisha Burland. A statement released by Young’s office said Mrs. Young died of natural causes. Funeral arrangements were pending.

A retired schoolteacher, Mrs. Young recently relocated to Atlanta from New Orleans. She was active in an Atlanta senior citizens organization and led a fund-raising drive for programs for the elderly in the city.

She was the wife of Dr. Andrew J. Young Sr., who died in 1980.

Young, who leaves office Tuesday, said his mother had a mild case of the flu and a fever Thursday and had complained of indigestion Friday. A doctor checked on her twice Friday, Young said, and said she seemed OK.

Young said his mother ″just slowly, gradually stopped breathing in a very peaceful and beautiful way.″

″In a Christian family such as ours, you give thanks for 87 good years with a wonderful mother,″ Young said in a voice choked with emotion.

Mrs. Young was a graduate of Straight College, which later merged with New Orleans University to form Dillard University. She was on the board of trustees at Dillard.

Mrs. Young worked as a schoolteacher in New Orleans and later became office manager of her husband’s dental practice, which was operated in the family home.

In addition to Mayor Young, a former ambassador to the United Nations, Mrs. Young is survived by another son, Dr. Walter Young, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.