Margaret Yetive (Hays) Young

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Margaret Yetive Young (Hays) Margaret Yetive Young (Hays) passed away peacefully, surrounded by family and friends, on March 23, 2013. Margaret was born Oct. 2, 1918, to George and Winifred Swiggart in Tryon, Oklahoma, moved to Porterville, California in 1926, and then the family settled in Visalia in 1929. Margaret spent her life on that same plot of land for 79 years and in 2008 moved to San Luis Obispo, California to live with her daughter, Eva Young. In 1936, Margaret graduated from Visalia High School and married her school bus driver, Harry A. Young (1915-1984) and spent the next 44 years raising their 5 children, working side by side on their chicken ranch, The Eggs and I. After Harry's death, at her 50th high school reunion in 1986, she was reacquainted with Morgan Hays. They married in 1987 and were together for 17 years until his death in 2004. In addition to her parents and husbands, Margaret was preceded in death by her eldest son, Harry T. Young and daughter-in- laws Dyane Young and Deanna Young. Margaret is survived by her sister, Georgia Karstaedt Howard, niece Kay Bartel and grand niece Laura; also her son George R. Young and his wife Mary Ann Young, grandchildren Brett Young (Marki), Sarena Kim, (Sung), and great grandchildren Kariel and Zeke Young and Gray, Emma and Ellie Kim; Margaret's third son Walter B. Young and his three stepchildren, Danny and Dale Shaw, Dawn Dodds (Bobby), and grandchildren Andrew, Erin, Matthew Shaw and Alexandra and Brandon Dodds. She also leaves her daughter, Mae Rodriguez, son-in-law Joe Rodriquez, grandchildren Joe Rodriguez Jr., (Kathy), Manuel and Alicia Rodriquez and great grandchildren Amber, Daniel, Samuel, Kaleb, Bodie and Wyatt Rodriguez, Tori Miller and Jennifer Lindsey (Benjamin); granddaughter Beth Hew (Maurice) and great grandchildren Joshua and Sarah Hew. Eva Young, her youngest daughter, lovingly shared her home with her mother, Margaret, for 5 wonderful active years. Margaret is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews from the Young side of her family. In 1929, Margaret joined the First Christian Church of Visalia, and was an active member of the Eastern Star in those early years. Later in life she was involved with the Moose Lodge, and was most proud of her honorary lifetime membership in the Elks Lodge. She and Morgan, her second husband, joined the Vagabonds RV group and traveled near and far with their cherished friends. Margaret's talents were too many to list. She had an incredible mind for numbers, did the bookkeeping for the family egg business and then later in life had a short and rewarding career outside the home working as a Title Searcher for Visalia Title and Trust. Margaret and Harry loved dancing and entertaining, hosting many festive events every year in their Myrtle Street backyard. A talented seamstress, Margaret made most of her clothes and also many of those worn by those she loved. She had at least 7 wedding gowns to her credit and countless other exquisitely made dresses and suits. Her grandchildren enjoyed her lovely flannel sleepwear as Christmas presents. She was an amazing cook and baker and was always first in line to provide food or cookies for her church or any organization or family in need. Margaret led a life of service to her loved ones, countless friends and the community. In her last 5 years, she enjoyed living in beautiful San Luis Obispo with her daughter, Eva, spending time with her children, grandchildren and friends, completing at least 2 Sudoku puzzles a day, which she felt kept her mind young and sharp, and reminiscing about her incredible life. She talked daily to her family and friends far and near. Margaret's loving nature, sharp mind, creativity and zest for life touched everyone who met her. Her earthly presence will be missed beyond words. Margaret always loved a good party, so at her request, a memorial gathering will be held in her honor June 8th at the Elks Lodge in Visalia beginning at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, the family request s that donations be made to the Hospice organization of your choice.

Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on Apr. 4, 2013
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