Alice Elizabeth Young

March 11, 1911 - Nov. 18, 2008

Alice Elizabeth Young passed away in San Diego on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008. She was born in Fort Collins, Colo., on March 11, 1911, the daughter of Matthew Auld and Lois Silcott Auld.

Alice received her early education in the Fort Collins public schools and graduated as valedictorian of her class from Fort Collins High School in 1929. She received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in home economics from Colorado Agricultural and Mechanical Arts College (now Colorado State University) in 1933, and a Master of Science degree in early childhood education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1967.

Alice taught home economics at Rocky Ford High School in Colorado from 1933 to 1935 and Fort Collins High School from 1935 to 1937. She worked as a teacher in childhood education programs in Madison from 1964 to 1966, and in special education programs sponsored by Madison Public Schools and the Wisconsin Institute of Mental Health from 1967 to 1976.

Alice married the Rev. G. Aubrey Young in Fort Collins on Sept. 12, 1937. They remained married for 64 years until Aubrey’s death in 2002. She selflessly performed the considerable duties of minister’s wife at Presbyterian churches in Chestnut Level, Pa. (1937 to 1941); Hagerstown, Md. (1941 to 1947); and Waukesha (1947 to 1963). She and Aubrey moved to Madison in 1963, where Aubrey worked for the state government on human rights issues. Both retired in 1976. They moved back to their hometown of Fort Collins in 1977, and then to Corvallis, Ore., to be close to their son John in 1993. Alice moved to San Diego near to her daughter Lois in 2007.

Alice’s younger brother, John W. Auld of Monterey, Calif., preceded her in death by a few days.

She is survived by her younger sister, Marjorie L. Nyquist of Topeka, Kan. Her three children are John A. Young (retired anthropology professor) of Waikoloa, Hawaii, Lois M. Young (retired school teacher) of La Mesa, Calif., and Charles M. Young (writer and journalist) of New York City. She was especially proud of her four grandchildren, Makita A.Young (software technical support specialist) of Las Vegas, Nanise J. Young (international development specialist) of Suva, Fiji Islands, Rebecca Lawrence (director of museum education programs) of San Diego and Sally Lawrence (public health specialist) of Berkeley, Calif.

Affiliations throughout Alice’s life include the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and P.E.O. All of her relatives, friends, school children and end-of-life caretakers came to know her radiant smile and the deep warmth and love she felt for them. She will be dearly missed.

To honor her special affection for children, donations can be made to the San Diego Autism Society of America, P.O. Box 420908, San Diego, CA 92124,, or by phone at (858) 715-0678.

Family can be contacted in care of Lois Young at 4301 Gordon Way, La Mesa, CA 91941.