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Obituary: Lillian J. De Young

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Lillian J. De Young 1926 ~ 2007 Lillian J. De Young passed away February 19, 2007 at the age of 80 in Akron, Ohio, where she has resided since 1975. She was born in Ogden, Utah, July 26, 1926. She graduated from Ogden High in 1944 and went directly to the Thomas D. Dee Memorial Hospital School of Nursing graduating in 1947. Dr. De Young practiced nursing in Utah, California, Colorado and Ohio. In 1950 she graduated with a BSNE, College of Nursing, in 1955 with a Master's in Educational Administration and in 1975 with a PhD in Education of Administration from the School of Education, all three degrees were earned at the University of Utah. Dr. De Young's love was nursing education. She served as instructor and Director of Nursing Education at the LDS Hospital School of Nursing from 1949 to 1955, Director of Nursing Education at St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing in Denver, Colorado, from 1955 to 1972. After receiving her PhD in 1975, she moved to Akron, Ohio, to become dean and professor of Nursing at the University of Akron, School of Nursing. Dr. De Young published a number of articles and five editions of "Fundamentals of Nursing," a nursing text book. She retired in July of 1988. She served as a member of state and national nursing organizations and was a member of and president of the Colorado and Ohio State Boards of Nursing and as president of the Colorado Nurses Association from 1962 to 1964. In 1965, Dr. De Young was named "Nurse of the Year" in Colorado. For her activities in nursing she was listed in "Who's Who in America," "Who's Who in the West," "Who's Who in the Midwest," and "Who's Who in American Nursing." As an employee of J.C. Penney's, Dr. De Young received the J.C. Penny Award for her accomplishments. She was also a member of the Sigma Beta Tau National Honorary society. Dr. De Young was preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Gertrude De Young and her sister, Bernice, all of Ogden, Utah. She is survived by sister, Evelyn Heffernan, and Evelyn's husband, David of Riverside, California; her nephews, David Joseph Heffernan and his wife, Jean of Divide, Colorado, and Mark Lynn and his wife, Susanne and their son, Ian Mathew of Upland, California; as well as by her very special friend, Joann Holt of Brockway, Pennsylvania, who has been her caregiver for three years. Hope Longfellow of Akron and Barbara Tanner of Mogadore, have been true ladies of mercy. Special thanks to the V.N.S. Hospice Care Center in Akron. Dr. De Young became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in August 1954 and was sealed to her parents in the Ogden Temple in March 1958. She was a member of Akron's First Ward. Friends wishing to remember Dr. De Young can send contributions to the Dr. Lillian De Young Scholarship Fund at the University of Akron, College of Nursing. There will be no viewing, only a graveside service directed by Lindquist Mortuary of Ogden. Burial will be in the family plot in the Ogden City Cemetery. Services will be held Saturday, February 24, 2007 at 11:00 a.m.