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Rosemary (Babs) Yarbrough

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YARBROUGH, ROSEMARY (BABS), died on April 1, 2013 at the age of 98. She was born August 29, 1914 in Indianapolis, IN, the youngest of three girls and daughter of Colonel Harry Bowers Crea and Jessica Penhallagon Crea. Her childhood as the daughter of an army father was spent traveling with her family to such far off places as Brussels, Belgium and China. After attending Southern Seminary College for Women in Buena Vista, Virginia, Babs moved back to her family's home at Ft. Benning, GA where she met and later married a young lieutenant fresh out of West Point, Samuel Knox Yarbrough, Jr. It was there that she continued with her love for horses by joining with her husband, the Ft. Benning Hunt Club, both of them participating in fox hunts and competing and placing in equestrian jump shows. Knox and Babs' life together continued to be a very exciting one as they moved their two daughters to such adventurous places as Santiago, Chile where she excelled at the demands of being an army wife of the military attaché. In her retirement years in Indian Harbour Beach, FL, she was able to more actively pursue her hobbies of golf, bridge, cooking and gardening and continued with her work for the Red Cross. Always the athletic competitor, she participated and held offices in the Patrick AFB Wives' golf club for many years. Knox pre-decreased her in 2002 after 66 wonderful years of marriage. She is survived by two daughters, Gail Crea Balch of Woodland, CA and Susan Knox Jacobsen of Pinehurst, NC, and five grandchildren, Elizabeth Ann Canevari and Kelly Jean Hutchison of Woodland, CA, Scott Michael Jacobsen of East Greenwich, RI, LTC Gregory Knox Jacobsen of Kailua, Hawaii, and James Eric Jacobsen of Alexandria, VA. She is also survived by 9 great grandchildren, Kaleen and Benjamin Canevari, Josh and
Jereyme Hutchison, and Alexandra, Matthew, Courtney, Samantha, Eric and Noah Jacobsen. Memorial Donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301, attn: gift processing.
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Published in the Orlando Sentinel on Apr. 4, 2013
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