She was born June 17, 1929 and passed away at her home on May 19, 2014. Rilla Jean Savage Young (Babe, Jean) was born in a border town overlooking Canada, to Dr. Richard and Germaine (Picard) Savage, called Fort Kent, Maine. Until the summer she turned five she spoke French exclusively. That summer she met and started playing with an English speaking girl next door and had to learn the language quickly. By start of kindergarten, she was fluent. She was a quick learner and skipped the 2nd grade. For high school, she attended a nearby Catholic boarding school and excelled in her studies. She became a proficient classical pianist - but when the nun left the practice room mom was on to Boogie Woogie. Mom had double duty at graduation - valedictorian and pianist for the procession. Mom began college at St. Regis, a Catholic School in Boston. Her "brother" schools were Boston College and Holy Cross. However, the interaction with "boys" was limited to occasional tea dances on Saturdays with 8:00 PM curfews. Mom transferred to the University of Main at Orono graduating in 1950. Her first job after graduation was as a piano player in Dark Harbor Maine. She needed more. She packer her bags and moved to New York and held several jobs including Podiatry assistant, encyclopedia sales and instructor for Arthur Murray. She saw an advertisement, applied and became an airline stewardess with American Airlines. Next, she followed a friend to Washington DC and obtained a job with the Armed Forces Security Administration (AFSA) which two years later became the NSA (you may have heard of them lately in the news). With her ear for language she was taught Russian and translated intercepted messages. Next she received a job at the Pentagon where she met the love of her life and future husband, Lt. Col. William A. Young. They married June 18, 1955. She had a family and loved being a wife and mother.
She is predeceased by her husband William A. Young the II (Bill) and son-in-law Timothy R. Graham. She is survived by her brother Carl Savage, her children William A. Young III (Bill) with wife Susan, Laura J. Graham, Richard B. (Rick) with partner Erick Moran and Linda (Taylor) Zada with husband Ramy along with five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will be held at Cortner Chapel on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 1:00 PM.
Published in Redlands Daily Facts from May 24 to May 25, 2014
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