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Patience J. Young

October 14, 1932 ~ January 8, 2021 (age 88)


Patience Janice Young, 88, of Newman, passed away Friday, January 8, 2021, at Carle Hospital in Urbana.  

Patience (Pat) was born October 14, 1932, in Wichita Falls, Texas, the daughter of William and May Dement.  The family moved to Washington D.C. when Pat was nine years old; one-week later Pearl Harbor was bombed, and the city went dark.  Pat later worked at the Atomic Energy Commission and at the time was the youngest administrative employee to reach a Grade Five clearance.

Pat met Jim Young while he was stationed at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington D.C. in December 1953 and they married the following year on November 27, 1954.  Pat moved to Newman, Illinois with her new husband and their marriage was later blessed with two children, James and Kathleen.

Raised in a Christian household, Pat attended the Newman United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School, and she also attended the Church of God. She was always willing to help her neighbors and members of the community and was involved in many of her children’s activities, including Cub Scouts, Brownies, and 4-H. She was an active member of the community, participating in Home Extension at the State Homemakers Camp, and local social, quilting, and scrapbooking clubs.

An active member of the Newman American Legion Auxiliary Post 201 and the Newman Women’s Club, Pat assisted with establishing the first Kindergarten in Newman which was held in Dr. Conn’s office in the 1960’s and she also helped establish the Newman Library. Pat served in multiple leadership positions in the Women’s Club, earning the role as President and becoming a 50-Year Member.

Pat was a prolific reader and enjoyed quilting, gardening, and travel.   

Pat is survived by her husband Jim, two children James (Lesa) Young of Newman and Kathleen (Jon Wilcox) Young of Kirkland, Washington; three grandchildren Jeffrey (Michelle) Young of Camargo; Jessica (Logan) Ross of Chrisman, and Ashley Young of Boise, Idaho; two great-grandchildren Jack and Scarlett Young; a sister, Sue Haugen; nephews Larry Orndorff and Darrel Dement; nieces Dortha Reid and Linda Reeves.  She is proceeded in death by her parents, her sister Vella May Orndorff and brother Ray Dement.

A private family service will be held at Fairfield Cemetery in Newman. Joines Funeral Home (Newman) is assisting the family with arrangements.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Pat’s name to the Newman United Methodist Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.

The family would like to thank Carle Hospice for their expertise, kindness and compassion.

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