Betty Young


Betty E. Young, 90, of Defiance, Ohio, passed from this life to her heavenly home on February 8, 2014, at the CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center, while surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of Vernon Young.

Betty was born in Port Clinton, Ohio, on October 2, 1923, and lived there until she married Vernon Young on August 11, 1946, in Springfield, Ohio. She was the daughter of Norris and Hazel (McClure) Rickner, and sister to 14 siblings. Betty devoted her life to God at the age of 15, and served Him faithfully her whole life. She was a member of the Defiance Church of the Nazarene, and the 1941 class of Port Clinton High School.

Besides her husband Vernon, Betty leaves her nine children, Daniel (Karen) Young of Holgate, Ohio, Mardelle (Timothy) Bess of Chester, W.Va., Edward (Brenda) Young of Defiance, Brenda (Ralph) Lloyd of Defiance, James (Amy) Young of Hamilton, Ind., Marvin (Cindy) Young of Defiance, Paul (Cyndi Ensign) Young of Defiance, Tom (Marie) Young of Englewood, Ohio, and Wanda (Sam) Suman of Findlay, Ohio; two brothers, Alvin and Larry Rickner; three sisters, Janice Meggett, Verna Lacer and Sharon Cover; 25 grandchildren; and 42 great-grandchildren, who lovingly called Betty "Little Gramma."

Betty was preceded in death by three brothers, six sisters and two grandsons, David and Jason Young.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, February 13, 2014, at Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, and one hour prior to the services at the church. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 14, 2014, at the Defiance Church of the Nazarene, with Rev. Don Leonard and sons-in-law, Rev. Timothy Bess and Rev. Sam Suman officiating. Entombment will follow at Riverview Memory Gardens.

Memorials in Betty's name may be made to CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center or the Alzheimer's Association. Online condolences may be left at

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  • So sorry for the family's loss, I took care of Betty in her home, and she was such a sweet lady to work with! Always so soft spoken and I loved listening to her stories about her family! Cathy J.