Eileen Edna Young
Eileen Edna Young, age 84, became an angel in heaven on November 29, 2020. She was born in Bermondsey, England on February 22, 1936 to Herbert Henry Golder and Julia Rose Golder. She joined her older brother, Herbert S Golder. She lived in a 300 year old house that in the days of horse and carriage travel was known as the tollgate house on the road between London and Oxford. Her early years were during WWII when her brother was in the navy, her father was a munitions truck driver and her and her mom were left to deal with air raids, blackouts and all the things that came with it. She married the love of her life Edwin Marley Young, an American stationed in England with the United States Air Force, on March 10, 1956. They left England to begin their new life together in America where she later got her US citizenship, giving her dual citizenship. Together they raised 5 children while serving their country. They were stationed in Massachusetts, Germany, Hawaii, Louisiana, and Nebraska where they made lifelong friends. Hawaii was by far her favorite place to be stationed. She would pick the kids up from school and head to the beach. After retiring from the Air Force (1974) they moved to Gresham, Oregon. She worked in the schools so she could be home for her children when school was out. She started full time work as a receptionist at Gresham High School. In 1976 they hosted an AFS exchange student from Norway, Mette Brigitte Austdal, who quickly became part of the family. She later helped set up Gresham Alternative High School (1980) and worked there until 1985. Pacific Northwest Trust Company was her next and final place of employment where she worked her way up from secretary to Trust Officer in charge of IRA's. Camping, square dancing, and beach trips filled their free time for many years. In 1996, they both retired and moved to Bend Oregon and started traveling in their motorhome. They explored from Baha to Fairbanks Alaska and the 11 western states before selling their home in Bend (2004) and began living fulltime in their RV for three years. They then decided to buy a home in Senior Estates in Woodburn and become "snowbirds". Their winter home was their motorhome in Hope, Arizona for many years until putting a park model trailer on their piece of the desert. Traveling back and forth became easier without the motorhome. She loved the sunshine, the friendships and the activities that living in Arizona with other seniors provided. She was a very talented seamstress and artist. She made most of her own clothes from a very
young age and after retiring taught herself to quilt. Another new acquired passion was learning to paint both with oils and watercolors. She painted landscapes, animals and even portraits
of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Those talents were used to teach others in their winter oasis to quilt and
paint. She also blessed her family with her quilts and paintings.
She laughed easily and her laughter was contagious. If you just met her you would be able to hear her British accent and if you knew her for a long time you could spot it in certain words. Her eyes sparkled when she smiled, a smile that was an image of the love and joy in her heart when she was with the ones she loved.
She is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Ed; their children Stephen Young, Michael (Crystal) Young, Linda (Dale) Tonagel, Douglas Young, and Wayne Young; her grandchildren Brandi Taylor, Chad Young, Jessica Fitzgerald, Marcus Young, Amanda Nguyen, Kiana Tabor, Tanner Young, Kayla Daffern, Isaac Lutz, Mickey Young, Ronna Young and Angie Young; her fourteen great grandchildren; her three great, great grandchildren; her brother inlaw Joe Young; and her niece Brenda Jacobsen.
She was preceded in death by her parents Herbert and Julia
Golder, her brother and sister-in-law Herbert and Queenie Golder, her mother in-law and father in-law Vella and Jim Birch, her sister in-law Joanne Young, her nephew Thad Young and her grandson Michael Young. Family only services will be held at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland on Tuesday Dec. 8th 2020. Donations can be made to Providence Cancer Institute or the American Cancer Association.