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Theodocia H. (Harris) YoungsonSeptember 23, 1923 ~ November 13, 2017 (age 94)
Thea Youngson passed away after a struggle with Alzheimer's and heart disease. In spite of this she had a long and good life. She was a caring person who was always trying to help people. She was friendly, thoughtful, gentle, and quite intelligent. She was a wonderful woman. Many people were touched by her generosity and kindness. The world is a better place, and many folks are better off, because of Thea's life.
Thea was born in India where her mother and father were Methodist missionaries. She moved back to the United States at a young age after her father died in a hunting accident. She lived in several different states with different relatives and attended boarding school while a teenager. She eventually moved to Long Beach where she attended Woodrow Wilson high school and Belmont Heights Methodist church. It was here that she met her future husband Dick.
Thea and Dick were members of the Methodist Youth Fellowship group and were involved in many activities and camp outs. After high school Thea attended Long Beach Junior College where she studied elementary education. Her studies were cut short by WWII.
Thea married Dick in Sept 1943 before he was sent to England by the US Army. While Dick was away, Thea lived with her in-laws and worked at Douglass aircraft in Long Beach to support the war effort. She also worked at the phone company as a switchboard operator..
After the war, Thea and Dick moved to Santa Barbara where Dick attended the University of Calif. Santa Barbara. 1948 was a momentous year for Thea, as her first child Chuck was born and she and Dick moved to Long Beach where Dick started what was to be his 35 year career at Dow Chemical Co.
Thea and Dick purchased a house in Long Beach and lived there until 1964. During this time Thea had 2 other children, Chris, and Priscilla. She raised all 3 children while taking night courses at Long Beach State College and participating in many church activities. Eventually Thea received her BA degree and began teaching as well as raising her children.
During the 1950's Thea encouraged her children to become pen pals with a family in Germany and sent money to the family to help them recover from the ravages of WWII.
In 1964 Thea and her family moved to Concord when Dick was transferred to the Dow Walnut Creek Research Lab. Thea started work full time as a teacher at Woodside Elementary school in Concord where she retired after 15 years. During this time the family took camping trips to Yosemite, Sequoia and other places in the Sierra foothills. Lots of card playing went on these trips where Thea taught her children to play pinochle and other card games.
Thea and Dick were very generous and loving parents. They supported their children throughout college and all three children graduated with bachelors degrees. They also provided some financial support after graduation as needed and let their children, and friends, live with them when they needed a temporary place to stay. Years later Thea and Dick created college funds for their grandchildren and helped them with some of their college expenses too. In addition, Thea and Dick supported numerous orphans in African countries through their contributions to World Vision and other charities. They always had pictures of the orphans they sponsored displayed in their kitchen.
After Thea retired she devoted her time to baby sitting her grandchildren, gardening, playing bridge, needle work, extensive travel, square dancing, and charitable works. She was also very active in the life of Ygnacio Valley Presbyterian Church. There she sang in the choir, played in the guitar choir, played piano at services, helped assemble care packages for the disadvantaged at Christmas time, welcomed new members into her home, tended the garden, and was a member of the church leadership team.
Friends and Family are invited to a celebration of Thea's life on Saturday January 6 , 2018 at 11 am. Ygnacio Valley Presbyterian Church, 2140 Minert Rd, Concord, Calif.