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Neta Jean Young

Neta Jean Young

Neta Jean Young, 77, of Scottsbluff, Neb., died unexpectedly March 6, 2012, at Swedish Medical Center in Denver. A burial Mass officiated by the Rt. Rev. James Krotz and the Rev. Kelsey Hogue will be held 10 a. m. Friday, March 9, 2012, at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Scottsbluff. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery. Memorials have been established to St. Francis Episcopal Church in Scottsbluff and Holy Apostles Episcopal Church in Mitchell. Visitation will be Thursday, March 8, 2012, 1 to 8 p. m., at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel in Scottsbluff.

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Neta was born Sept. 4, 1934, in Valentine, Neb., along with her twin sister Neva to Harley Van and Alice (Hoyt) Smith.

Neta graduated from Scottsbluff High School with the Class of 1952. She enjoyed being a Bearcat cheerleader with her sister, Neva. Neta enjoyed lifelong friendships with her classmates. She married Gary Reid Young on June 12. 1952. They have two children, son, Chris Reid Young of Havre, Mont., and daughter, Jill Lynette Young of Scottsbluff. Neta and her family have been members of the Episcopal Church for over 50 years. Neta lived in Havre from 1969-1971, while her husband was rector of St. Mark's Episcopal Church. She served as a Head Start Volunteer, Meals on Wheels, and a member of PEO Chapter M of Omaha, Neb. She enjoyed antique auctions and collecting crystal.

Neta will always be remembered for her kind, caring, and generous heart. She saw only the good in people and believed each and everyone deserved a second chance. She loved flowers, decorating and wearing bright colors. She made this world a more beautiful place and will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

Neta is survived by her husband, Gary; son, Chris (Barbi) ; daughter, Jill (Lorrie) ; granddaughters, Kelsen of Helena, Mont., Kristen of Bellingham, Wash. ; step-grandsons Zechariah, Jeremy and Christopher She is also survived by a sister, Cindi Colerick; a brother, Harley (Carlene) Smith of Scottsbluff; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends. Neta was preceded in death by her twin sister, Neva (Smith) Jones; her parents; sisters, Rita Miller and Karin (Mel) Green; brother, Norman; and nephew, Maurice Eshom.


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