September 3, 1968 - July 14, 2022
Jennifer Lynn Young
September 3, 1968 – July 14, 2022
Jennifer Lynn Young was born to Dean Stewart Young, Jr. and Marilynn Kay Young on September 3rd, 1968. Born at Portland Adventist Hospital, Jennifer was the first of five siblings.
Jennifer was a happy baby, with curly, dark brown hair like her dad. Jennifer attended Pleasant Valley Elementary School, just like her mom, and sang in the choir at Centennial High School before graduating in 1986.
Jennifer worked for Dea’s In and Out in Gresham for many years.
Family was very important to Jennifer. She loved gathering for every holiday, big and small, and was often the first to initiate holiday plans. She was a doting aunt to her nieces and nephews, and a beloved,daughter, sister, niece, and friend.
Jennifer had an encyclopedic knowledge of animals, especially, and was always an integral member of any fantasy trivia game show team the family cooked up.
Animals loved Jennifer, and she loved them, and always greeted each pet with scritches and affectionate words. Her brother’s dog Beesly would excitedly wag her tail when she saw “Aunt” Jennifer’s car pull up in front of the house. Jennifer loved tv, and was content to sit and watch while visiting with family. Game shows and animal documentaries were her favorites, as were movies. Jennifer had a biting wit, and her teasing sarcasm and love of puns and wordplay will
be deeply missed.
Christmas was important to Jennifer, and she always did what she could to make sure that every family member had a little something. No birthdays or anniversaries went by without a thoughtfully chosen card from Jennifer.
Since childhood, Jennifer has been very active with Job’s Daughters and Amaranth, in her church, singing on the worship team, and in the choir when it was active, and volunteered regularly with SnoCap.
Jennifer went home to be with Jesus on Thursday, July 14th, 2022.
Jennifer is survived by her mother and father, siblings Jason Young (Rici), Janice Yardley (Brent), Joanna Martin (Jason), Jonathan Young, and four nephews and four nieces, three uncles, two aunts, and numerous cousins.
A celebration of life will be held for Jennifer at Pleasant Valley Community Baptist Church on Saturday, July 23rd, at 11:00am.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks instead to make donations to Grand Court of Oregon c/o 5101 NE 121st, Vancouver, WA 98686-6155 please put in memo line, for diabetes foundation or to Snowcap – 17788 SE Pine Street , Portland, OR 97233.