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Long time resident of Los Altos Hills, Rena Bower Young passed away peacefully at the age of 85 on April 27, 2013. She was born on July 18, 1927 to Goldie and Chester Bower in New Oxford, PA, and grew up there with her older sister, Arlene, and brother, Edgar. 

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania nursing school in 1948, she followed her sister west to Santa Maria, CA, where she worked as a nurse. It was at a St. Patrick’s Day dance that she had her first date with William (Bill) Young, who was in Santa Maria finishing up his aeronautical engineering degree from USC. They were married in July 1949 and moved to Redwood City in 1950.

Their five children – Tobey, David, Valerie, Jeff, and Jim – were born from 1950 to 1956, and in 1961 the family moved to the home they designed and everyone helped build in Los Altos Hills. Rena’s husband of 63 years survives her, as do her children, their spouses, nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren, and her sister Arlene Rutherford of Santa Maria and her family.

In addition to raising her family, Rena worked part time as a nurse and helped her husband grow their successful gardening tool manufacturing business, Young Industries, in Mountain View. Together they always made sure there was a summer family vacation camping in the Sierras or a western driving adventure, and helped each of their children achieve a college education. Rena was proud of her Pennsylvania Dutch roots, but it was “the Hills” that she called home. The house on St. Francis Drive was vibrant and loving, and Rena remembered with great fondness all the wonderful get-togethers through the years with neighborhood families. She loved road trips, shopping, going out to lunch, her aerobics class, any kind of animal, and spending time at the family cabin at Lake Tahoe. She was known for her beautiful and welcoming smile, and was kind and generous to everyone she met. Most of all, she loved being at home with her family, and we loved being with her. She will be dearly missed.

Interment will be at Alta Mesa Cemetery in Palo Alto in a private family service.

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