Dad finally came and picked up mom to take her to see Jesus on Monday, October 23, 2023, exactly 2 years to the day when we had honored him at his burial. Eleanor Teears Young was born November 4, 1932 in Camden NJ. Because her mother worked most Sundays, a kind neighbor took her and her brother Tommy to church, for which we will always be grateful. Although she suffered from dementia, her faith was strong even to her last days. She continued to talk about Jesus, Heaven and all of God’s glory that was waiting for her.
Her family moved to Harlingen, TX when she was in high school and her good friend Alta Gene fixed her up with her brother, Willard, and the rest was history. They married on December 26, 1951 while Dad was on leave from the Navy. Mom lived in Oakland, CA until dad was discharged and they settled in Corpus Christi where they raised their family. They were active at South Bluff UMC where she served as church secretary for 25 years. Upon retiring, they moved to the Frio Cielo Ranch near Uvalde where they enjoyed feeding the deer and birds.
She was gifted at gardening, making quilts including for her grandchildren when they graduated from high-school, counted cross-stitch and simply helping anyone in need. One of her great joys was volunteering at the Hospice Thrift Store in Uvalde on Fridays and being a member of First UMC Uvalde and later Reagan Wells Baptist Church. Dementia took its toll and after dad passed, she moved to Anton’s Assisted Living in Boerne, TX.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Thomas, husband JW, and sons in law, John Ford and Bill Wiley and her daughter in law Pam Young. She is survived by her children, Virginia (Kenneth) Greer, Kathy Ford, Alice Wiley, and Rex (Jodi) Young, 9 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. We will always be thankful for the loving care she received at Anton’s Assisted Living in Boerne, TX. Especially Christina and Michelle Anton.
Her brain has been donated to University of Texas Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases to help in finding a cure for this horrible disease.
Her ashes will be buried with our dad on their anniversary, December 26, 2023.
Remembrances may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association or your local Hospice program.