Esther Young


May 12, 2018 — Esther Young, 89, of Florence, passed away April 21, 2018.

She was born June 4, 1928, and was raised on her parent’s farm outside Enterprise, Ore.

After graduating high school, Esther attended Eastern Oregon College, where she met a young veteran studying to become a teacher. Love blossomed and the two became Mr. and Mrs. Jess Young on Sept. 7, 1947. After Jess received his degree, the couple settled down in Athena, Ore., where he began teaching and Esther was a homemaker. 

Three more children were born to make a foursome and keep mother busy doing what she loved, raising children, cooking, sewing, making a home for the growing family.

In 1960, Esther and Jess moved to Florence, where he became the elementary school principal. The family grew from six to nine. Esther enjoyed church activities and fellowship, and became a mentor for other young mothers.

She was involved with Rotary wives and hosted international visitors. After Jess retired in 1982, the couple enjoyed traveling for several years. They were missionaries to Indonesia for two years. Back home, Esther enjoyed gardening — especially rhododendrons — and spending time with a growing number of grandchildren.

Esther was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, and is survived by seven children, numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Surviving children are: Richard Young of Durango, Colo., Susan Bryant of Springfield, Ore., Sheila Charles of Eugene, Ore., Sandra McFarland of Redmond, Ore., Ken Lewis of Florence, Cal Lewis of Florence, and Sharon Barnes of Kearney, Neb.

The family will gather in the summer to honor Esther and Jess by spreading their ashes together. Donations in Esther’s name may be made to Florence Habitat for Humanity which they both served for many years.

Arrangements are being made by Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home.

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