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Mary Ellen Young

Mary Ellen Young

Mary Ellen, nee Hemphill, Young, 95, of Marissa, IL; born on September 1, 1924 in St. Louis, MO; passed away on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at Pinckneyville Community Hospital in Pinckneyville, IL.

Mrs. Young was a homemaker.  She also worked as a data processor at Scott Air Force Base and was a secretary for the Marissa School District.  Mrs. Young was a United States Marine Corp Women’s Reserve Veteran.  She served during World War II and obtained the rank of Corporal.  She enlisted on September 24, 1944 and was discharged on May 9, 1946.  Mary Ellen was a member of the Marissa Presbyterian Church where she sang in the choir.  She loved genealogy and was a member of the Marissa Historical and Genealogy Society.

She was preceded in death by her parents – John and Marjorie, nee Amo, Hemphill.  Her husband – John Young Jr. whom she married on November 6, 1952 in San Francisco, CA and who passed away on April 29, 2017.  One daughter – Mary Baker.  One son – Brian Young.  One sister and two brothers.

She is survived by her sons – David (Victoria) Young of Bremerton, WA; John (Dianne) Young III of Saline, MI; Mark (Tracey) Young of Lacey, WA.  Eleven grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Marissa Presbyterian Church.

Condolences to the family may be expressed online at

Visitation: Friends may call at the Marissa Presbyterian Church in Marissa, IL on Thursday, October 10, 2019 from 12:00noon to 2:00pm.

Funeral: Services will be held at the Marissa Presbyterian Church in Marissa, IL on Thursday, October 10, at 2:00pm.

Interment: Burial will be held at the Marissa Township Cemetery in Marissa, IL.

Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL is in charge of arrangements.


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  1. Rollie and LaVon Canning says:

    So sorry for your loss of your special Mom! Thinking of you and your family at this sad time..may she now Rest In Peace.

  2. Melinda Welten says:

    I worked at cedarhurst and she was why I was always to go into work her smile , and she would sing with me everyday, I loved her so much . Now God has my perfect angel.

  3. SUSAN K. PECK says:

    Mary Ellen will be missed and our love and prayers go out to her family; David and Victoria; John and Dianne; Mark and Tracey and all of the grandchildren we have known for almost fifty years. There were great times with John and Mary Ellen that will never be forgotten. Some St. Patrick’s Day parties and New Year Eve parties we cannot have a do over. So to all of the Young family, thank you for your kindness and friendship. Your family is very dear to us. Semper Ffi Mary Ellen
    Bob and Sue Peck

  4. Kim Bratschie says:

    John, Mark and David, I am so sad about the loss of your mom, my Aunt Mary Ellen. I have so many fond memories of her that I will cherish always. And many apologies for not being there. I will miss saying goodbye and seeing you’all and your children and grandchildren. May your memories bring you comfort in the days to come and know that we will be there in spirit. Hugs and prayers to you all. Kim (Lloyd) and Craig Bratschie

  5. Louise Bluff says:

    So sorry for your loss. Mary Ellen was the best friend and neighbor that I could have ever asked for. I will always remember her friendship and will continue to use the information that she taught me on doing genealogy. She was a gem and I will never forget her. I will see all of you tomorrow.

  6. Tammy Herbert says:

    John, Dianne and family, My deepest condolences to you and all who loved John’s mother.

  7. Curtis Paul Lawson says:

    My sympathies extended and prayers uplifted for the family. I remember her family being prominent citizens during my childhood in Marissa. Plus from joint church services and when we did newspaper delivery business together.

  8. Cathy Sinn Flowers says:

    David, John, and Mark,

    My sympathy for the loss of your mom. I remember her well…big smile. I have always been impressed with her time in the military during WWII; I was military myself. May God grant you His Peace. ❤️

  9. Bill and Jana Fett says:

    Our deepest sympathies to her family. She was a very nice, kind lady.

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