Thomas Butler almost made it.
He’d been talking about his mother, Betty Joyce Young, for about 10 minutes without tears.
He mentioned the many clubs and civic organizations she was involved in. How she loved to cook and entertain others. He spoke about her competitive spirit -- first in playing bridge and then in playing golf, a sport she took up later in life.
Many of the nearly 100 people gathered at Walnut Hill Church for Young’s funeral service wiped tears away as Butler spoke about her loving and giving nature.
But when Butler got to the end -- the part where he had to say goodbye -- the tears flowed and his voice wavered.
“Mom, we miss you,” he said softly. “We love you and we will see you again someday.”
Butler was the last of his siblings -- sisters Holly Butler Long and Becky Butler Martin and brother James Butler -- to say farewell to a woman who began each day with phone calls to them. A woman who, they said, had the amazing ability to make each of them feel like her favorite child.
Young, 74, was buried at the Lexington Cemetery. She was one of the 49 people killed when Comair Flight 5191 crashed shortly after takeoff from Blue Grass Airport on Aug. 27.
Young, who had lived in Lexington since 1960, was on her way to her condominium in Naples, Fla., for a visit with her two daughters. She is survived by her four children and her husband, W. Richard Young.Young loved to entertain, help others