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Dorothy Evelyn Young

April 23, 1921 — January 29, 2010


IRAAN: Dorothy Evelyn Gentry Young of Iraan, or as she would say, "Happy Valley" passed away January 29, 2010 at the McCamey Convalescent Home. She was born April 23, 1921 to Cecil and Anna Gentry on the family farm in White County Arkansas.

As a young girl she helped her father with the family farm, store/caf?, and helped with her three brothers. As a young lady she headed west to California where during WWII she became a welder in the ship yards, after the war she worked in a box factory. She then came to Texas where she owned and operated "The Happy Valley Package Store and Station" for twenty two years.

Dorothy married her late husband Gerald Young on January 30, 1968 in Pecos TX. Gerald Young preceded her in death on February 4, 2002. During their thirty four years of marriage they enjoyed traveling and spending time with family, friends, and loved ones. Dorothy was also preceded in death by her parents Cecil and Anna Gentry as well as her brother Leon Gentry.

Although Dorothy never had children of her own she helped her brother Leon raise his two sons Frank and Cecil. She made sure everyone knew they were "her boys." In her last years "her boys" along with Lavita and other close family and friends where there to help and take care of her.

Dorothy is survived by her brother Tom and wife Mary Gentry of Kensett Arkansas, brother Paul (Buster) and wife Algeria Gentry of Searcy Arkansas, step-son Eugene and wife Patty Young of Salt Lake City, Utah, step-daughter Lavita Young Reed of Midland, Texas, Nephews Frank and Cecil Gentry of Iraan Texas, Grandchildren Brenon Young of Andrews Texas, Bradley Young of Roswell New Mexico, Michelle and Chris Houck of Sandy, Utah, Jubel and Heather Reed of Midland Texas, Judson and Amy Reed of Midland, Texas, Brandon and Laci Gentry of Odessa Texas, and Cullie Gentry of Iraan Texas. Dorothy also had 9 great grand children. And a number of nieces an nephews Dorothy was known to all of us as Mamaw.

Dorothy enjoyed playing cards with long time friends Imogene Bryant and Wanda Watts along with many other friends and family. Dorothy was an exceptional cook and loved to entertain family and friends.

The family wishes to extend many thanks to all who cared for Dorothy during her illness. In place of flowers donations may be made to Dorothy's favorite charity "The West Texas Boys Ranch" in San Angelo Texas, or a charity of your choice.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at the First United Methodist Church in Iraan with Reverend Dr. Charles Alkula and Reverend Mike Wright officiating. Burial will follow in the Restland Cemetery with arrangements under the direction of Shaffer-Nichols Funeral Home.
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