MUNCIE – Helen Roberta Yount, 96, North Manchester, slipped peacefully away at 8 p.m. Aug. 24, 2014, surrounded in love by her family at Parkview Whitley Hospital in Columbia City.
She was born Sept. 2, 1917, in Muncie to Harry and Beulah Hedgeland Main. On Feb. 3, 1939, in Muncie she married Kenneth “Kenny” Yount, who died Sept. 4, 1982.
Muncie is where she spent most of her life. Her family moved to Florida when she was 17. After graduating from Vero Beach High School in 1935, besides Muncie and Indianapolis, she and Kenny lived in Tennessee and Georgia while Kenny served in the Navy. After returning to Muncie, she enrolled and graduated from Ball State Teachers College in 1938 and obtained her teaching license in 1957. She was an elementary school teacher for 22 years until she retired in 1970.
She loved gardening, quilting and antiques and was an avid reader; she also enjoyed painting and, to the chagrin of her visiting grandchildren, was a fan of the PBS show “The Joy of Painting” hosted by “crazy hair” Bob Ross. Before grandchildren, she and Kenny were adventuresome and a fun couple who took numerous trips down the Ohio River in their house-boat and snowmobile excursions to Ranch Rudolf in Traverse City, Mich. They especially enjoyed time on Webster Lake, where they bought a cottage that is still being enjoyed by their family.
She moved to North Manchester in 1990, and although three generations older than her grandchildren, she took great interest in their activities and was immensely proud of their accomplishments. She engaged them in playing countless games of Yahtzee and Mexican Train (dominoes) and helping her with projects around her homes.
She was fiercely independent and you usually knew what she thought – good or bad – but she was genuinely nice, intelligent and a loyal friend. She travelled extensively across North America on bus tours with close friends, and spent time in Satellite Beach, Fla., over several winters. She owned and refurbished three different homes in North Manchester before finally settling down at Timbercrest Senior Living Community in March 2013.
Babo, as she was affectionately called by her four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, is survived by a daughter, Willoughby (and spouse Dan) Naragon, North Manchester; four grandchildren: Nicole Naragon-Blevins and Pieter (and spouse Amanda) Naragon, all of North Manchester; Brianna (and spouse Adam) Friend and Camille Naragon, all of Fort Wayne; seven great-grandchildren: Jaci Naragon, Carleigh Blevins, Taryn Naragon, Chase Blevins, Myles Naragon and Cyrus and Desmond Friend; a sister, Millie (and spouse Carl) Teverbaugh, Fort Myers, Fla.; two nieces, Cheryl (and spouse Jake) Guinn, Muncie; and Sandy York, Florida; a nephew, Bruce Teverbaugh, Florida; and a great-niece and nephew.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Elm Ridge Mausoleum Chapel, 4600 W. Kilgore Ave., Muncie, with entombment immediately following.
Calling is from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the chapel.
She was looking forward to her 97th birthday celebration on Lake Webster over Labor Day weekend. In her honor, the family is hosting an early birthday party and celebration of her life and memory from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Manchester University, Jo Switzer Center, Hoff Room, upstairs Union, East Street, North Manchester.  If you were a friend or fan, you’re invited.
The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Washington Street Chapel, Muncie, is in charge of arrangements.
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Memorials to North Manchester Friends of the Library and SPLASH, via Community Foundation of Wabash County Inc., since she enjoyed the library and community pool.  
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.meeksmortuary.com