CAP GIRARDEAU, Missouri – Rachael Helen Young, 86, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, died of this life on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 in South East Hospital, surrounded by her family.
She was born on November 3, 1934 in Garden City, Kansas, to Leslie Harold and Helen Halleck (Tubbs) Pennington. During the dust bowl days of western Kansas, his family moved to the area of ââLabette County where other relatives lived. Rachael graduated from Labette County High School in the class of 1952. Later that same year, she married John Edward Young on August 31, 1952, in Altamont.
After her marriage, she attended the University of Ottawa in Kansas and Kent State University in Ohio, studying vocal music.
Rachael moved to Cape Girardeau with her family in 1968 when John joined the faculty at Southeast Missouri State University. She was active as a volunteer in the community, which included a local group to help families of people with Down’s syndrome and the Head Start program when it started here in the 1970s.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Cape Girardeau, where for many years she was a Sunday School teacher for children, was part of the Sanctuary Choir, the trio of women and a soloist. She was also active in the Missouri Baptist Women’s Choir. When she sang, it was clear in her face that she worshiped the Lord with all her heart.
More than her volunteering and church activities, Rachael found her greatest joy and purpose as a wife and mother, seeing it as a very big calling. Of great importance was sharing her faith in Christ and cultivating the love of God’s word in her family. She passed on her love of music to her children, using her pocket money for piano lessons for six of them. The love of music has been passed down from generation to generation, with children and grandchildren continuing to study and perform in music, much of it making their careers. To this day, music fills the room when the family gets together over the holidays. Those who know her best describe her as a kind, gentle and gracious friend.
Survivors include her husband, John E. Young of Cape Girardeau; three sons, Lawrence “Larry” (Deborah) Young of Cape Girardeau, Eric (Nanci) Young of Pocahontas, Arkansas, and Bryan (Amy) Young of Jackson, Missouri; four daughters, Melinda (Michael) Mullins of Waterloo, Illinois, Kirsten (Christopher) Rasche of Rogers, Arkansas, Sarah Young of Cape Girardeau and Lucinda “Cindy” Young of Cape Girardeau; 18 grandchildren, Crystal Monahan (Mark Hudoba), Carly (Lee) Winters, Jessica Atkins, Lauren (Joseph) Thomas, Andrew (Kristie) Young, Jonathan (Natalie) Young, Erin (Cody) Ivy, Mary Kathryn “Katie” Young, Jason Young, Elise Mullins, Sean Mullins, Lindsay (Ryan) Reams, Veronica Young, Kendall Young, Michael (Lisa) Rasche, Allison (Scott) Brenner, Caitlin (Tyler) Rodgers and Stephen Rasche; 16 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; one son-in-law, Carl “David” Atkins of Cape Girardeau; one brother, William Pennington of Sacramento, California; and one sister, Margaret (John) Cosby of Mesa, Arizona.
She was predeceased by her parents; one daughter, Rebecca Atkins; one brother, Eugene Pennington; and a sister, Eleanor Potter.
Friends can call 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel in Cape Girardeau.
The service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel in Cape Girardeau with Reverend Mike Shupert. Interment will take place at Fairmount Cemetery in Cape Girardeau.
Memorials are suggested at the First Baptist Church or the Multiple Myeloma Foundation.
Online condolences can be made to www.fordandsonsfuneralhome.com.