Mary Elizabeth (Stevens ) Young, 91, of Ames died Friday, December 7, 2018.
Mary was born September 19th, 1927 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the only child of Dwight Elton and Ruth Roberta (Anderson) Stevens. A move in 1939 brought the family to Stillwater, Oklahoma. On July 31, 1948 she graduated from Oklahoma A&M College with a Bachelor of Arts degree and the next day she married Edmund Richard (Dick) Young III. From Fort Worth, Texas where they lived from 1949-1953, they returned to Stillwater until their move to Ames, Iowa in 1970.
Mary taught in the Art Department at Oklahoma State University part-time in the late 1960's and did post graduate work at O.S.U. and Iowa State University. She was an artist working in multiple media. Her work was an authentic expression founded in the writings of others, the natural world, and her faith. (A number of her works are displayed throughout Collegiate United Methodist Church and Northcrest Community.) An inquiring and contemplative mind, a warm and engaging hospitable outlook, and actively maintained relationships with friends and family were characteristics of her life. Her involvement at Collegiate United Methodist Church was very meaningful to her through small groups, Stephens Ministry, Sunday school and more.
Mary and Dick enjoyed extensive travel in the United States as well as Europe, Egypt, China, Mexico and Canada. Painting was the focus of some of those trips.
She is survived by her children Steven (Adele) of Knoxville, Tenn., Thomas of Tulsa, Okla., John (Lisa) of Lakewood, Colo., Holly (Chuck) Kellogg of Ames, and Lisa LaFleur of Weatherford, Texas; 11 wonderful grandchildren, and 4 (plus one on the way) great grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents and husband, Dick Young.
The family extends a special thank you to Northcrest Community Health Care Unit for the extraordinary care both Mary and Dick received from them.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Collegiate United Methodist Church/Endowment Fund. Memorials gifts may also be made to Northcrest Community.