Sylvia LaRae Young (Cummings)

4 Sep 1941 - 26 Nov 2011

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Sylvia LaRae Young (Cummings)

4 Sep 1941 - 26 Nov 2011
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Sylvia LaRae Young was called LaRae by many of us. She is my aunt, mentor and friend. There are times that I still want to pick up the phone and call her. When we stay in her home for vacation I hear her loving words echo in my heart. She took me into her home and family when my parents went through
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Sylvia LaRae Young (Cummings)

Married: 11 Sep 1964

Alton Cemetery

Unnamed Rd
Kanab, Kane, Utah
United States


September 30, 2021

Annette Alger

September 30, 2021


September 16, 2021

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Mentor and Friend

Contributor: kdbulloch Created: 2 months ago Updated: 2 months ago

Sylvia LaRae Young was called LaRae by many of us. She is my aunt, mentor and friend. There are times that I still want to pick up the phone and call her. When we stay in her home for vacation I hear her loving words echo in my heart. She took me into her home and family when my parents went through a divorce and I was forever changed. I felt something in my aunt and uncle's home that was special. It wasn't just the whole wheat homemade bread hot with butter and honey, the milk fresh from their cow or fresh eggs, I went with my cousins to get from the chickens. I grew four inches in height that summer from such good food. It wasn't just a family who sat at a beautiful wood table that looked like a tree that had been cut and polished. It was beautifully made with matching benches by Uncle Royce. It wasn't just the the songs we sang together or the spiritual lessons I learned. There was a feeling there that I decided to have one day in my future home. I loved my time in the Young's home. I wanted my own future family to be like them. Aunt LaRae was a happy person. She was stubborn in her testimony and giving of her heart to many beyond her own immediate family. She adored her husband. All of their children have his initials (RY) in their names. She told and wrote stories about his strength of character to obey the Sabbath, care as a bishop for his ward, adventures in scouting and shared them with me and others. I visited the Young's in Alton right after my mission and took a long hike up the Buckskin Gulch with my uncle and cousins. I learned so much on that hike, like about pioneers, perseverance, respect for woman, father and son relationships, reading good books and obedience. After the hike, I asked life's questions to Aunt LaRae and she introduced me to a pamphlet taken from a talk by President Ezra Taft Benson, titled "To the Mother's in Zion." It became a guide for my future family and she pointed me to the prophet for direction in my life. I also started to call her for advice. After she passed away, we as cousins were comparing our talks with Aunt LaRae and one cousin said, "Hey, I missed out on the Aunt LaRae Hotline." She was more than just a hotline to me, she was a lifeline. Our talks at times gave me back hope in my life. I knew what I had felt in her home so many years ago and as a maneuvered through my own family she told me the principles they had lived to achieve the feeling I'd felt. She listened as I poured my honest, nothing held back, heartache, worries and triumphs with her. She told me stories, gospel principles and sent me long thought ful letters in response to my questions. She told me that we were "kindred spirits" as we found so much in common with each other. I read to my children, played with them, and even homeschooled them for a time as she tutored me. I loving greeted my husband after work as he had "left to fight the dragons each day." She instilled in me joy and honor in motherhood and being a wife. She pointed me to words of the prophets, the temple and family history. She encouraged me to pray, read my scriptures and the Ensign. My Aunt LaRae was my mentor and friend. She truly lived the phrase that she told me became her response when someone asked why she had so many children, "Love doesn't divide, it multiplies." I hope to live so that when people know me, they know what my Aunt LaRae taught me because I live it and more importantly what the Savior is like. No one who knew her doubted her love for Jesus Christ or her testimony of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Reminiscience of a Grandson

Contributor: kdbulloch Created: 2 months ago Updated: 2 months ago

I was only twelve when Grandma Sylvia passed away but I know my memories of her will last a lifetime. It's been almost a full eight years since her passing but I still remember her voice with complete clarity and remember how it enveloped my childhood with love. She used to play legos and building blocks with me for hours when she came to visit and from her I learned the value of spending quality time with those you love. In our house we had a virtual fireplace that I loved to put on. (A virtual fireplace is a DVD you can put into you DVD player to play a video of a fireplace on your TV screen). Grandma and I used to stretch out our arms and "warm our hands" with the LED lights and imaginary warmth of the fire on the TV. It was our thing. When we went to Sam's Club we saw that they had displays put up with virtual fireplaces on the TVs. We'd sit and warm up our hands while mom got the Thanksgiving groceries. The holiday shoppers laughed as they passed. It made me and Grandma smile. It seems that Grandma Young was one of my best friends from before I could even talk. We have an old family video of when I was just barely a year old, with Grandma and I sitting on the hardwood kitchen floor, playing with what seems to be some sort of flimsy pipe. Grandma would put her mouth up to her end of the pipe and whisper "I love you Benjamin!" and I would put the pipe up to my ear and giggle. Then I'd put my mouth up to the pipe and yell "BA!!" She would spend hours with me like that. For her, the time spent with her grandson meant more than anything else she could be doing. I could feel that. A few years later I remember us sitting on our backyard swingset, enjoying an Arkansas summer evening. We talked and watched as the sky went from blue to gold to gray. Then the fireflies came out. I told Grandma how much I loved fireflies. We caught them in our hands and set them free, because it wasn't right to keep them captive, Grandma would tell me. She had never seen fireflies before, being from Utah, and she was caught up in their beauty as they sparkled in the night air. I was honored to give her a piece of Arkansas to fall in love with. She loved them because I loved them. Whenever I think of Grandma Young I think of love. I think of the legacy of ten brilliant children she raised and the legacy of all her many grandchildren who love and cherish her. I look forward to the grand reunion when I can hug our beloved grandma, mother, and friend once again after this life is over. I will always keep her voice, her love, and her friendship in my heart among my fondest childhood memories. - Benjamin Young

Life timeline of Sylvia LaRae Young (Cummings)

Sylvia LaRae Young (Cummings) was born on 4 Sep 1941
Sylvia LaRae Young (Cummings) was 14 years old when Disneyland Hotel opens to the public in Anaheim, California. The Disneyland Hotel is a resort hotel located at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, owned by the Walt Disney Company and operated through its Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products division. Opened on October 5, 1955, as a motor inn owned and operated by Jack Wrather under an agreement with Walt Disney, the hotel was the first to officially bear the Disney name. Under Wrather's ownership, the hotel underwent several expansions and renovations over the years before being acquired by Disney in 1988. The hotel was downsized to its present capacity in 1999 as part of the Disneyland Resort expansion.
Sylvia LaRae Young (Cummings) was 22 years old when John F. Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas; hours later, Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in aboard Air Force One as the 36th President of the United States. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, commonly referred to by his initials JFK, was an American politician who served as the 35th President of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963. He served at the height of the Cold War, and the majority of his presidency dealt with managing relations with the Soviet Union. As a member of the Democratic Party, Kennedy represented the state of Massachusetts in the United States House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate prior to becoming president.
Sylvia LaRae Young (Cummings) was 36 years old when Star Wars is released in theaters. Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. It is the first film in the original Star Wars trilogy and the beginning of the Star Wars franchise. Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, and Peter Mayhew, the film focuses on the Rebel Alliance, led by Princess Leia (Fisher), and its attempt to destroy the Galactic Empire's space station, the Death Star.
Sylvia LaRae Young (Cummings) was 48 years old when The tanker Exxon Valdez spilled 10.8 million US gallons (260,000 bbl; 41,000 m3) of oil into Prince William Sound, Alaska, causing one of the most devastating man-made maritime environmental disasters. A tanker is a ship designed to transport or store liquids or gases in bulk. Major types of tankship include the oil tanker, the chemical tanker, and gas carrier. Tankers also carry commodities such as vegetable oils, molasses and wine. In the United States Navy and Military Sealift Command, a tanker used to refuel other ships is called an oiler but many other navies use the terms tanker and replenishment tanker.
Sylvia LaRae Young (Cummings) was 48 years old when Nelson Mandela is released from Victor Verster Prison outside Cape Town, South Africa after 27 years as a political prisoner. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalised racism and fostering racial reconciliation. Ideologically an African nationalist and socialist, he served as President of the African National Congress (ANC) party from 1991 to 1997.
Sylvia LaRae Young (Cummings) was 62 years old when Invasion of Iraq: In the early hours of the morning, the United States and three other countries (the UK, Australia and Poland) begin military operations in Iraq. The 2003 invasion of Iraq was the first stage of the Iraq War. The invasion phase began on 20 March 2003 and lasted just over one month, including 21 days of major combat operations, in which a combined force of troops from the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Poland invaded Iraq. This early stage of the war formally ended on 1 May 2003 when U.S. President George W. Bush declared the "end of major combat operations", after which the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) was established as the first of several successive transitional governments leading up to the first Iraqi parliamentary election in January 2005. U.S. military forces later remained in Iraq until the withdrawal in 2011.
Sylvia LaRae Young (Cummings) died on 26 Nov 2011 at the age of 70
Grave record for Sylvia LaRae Young (Cummings) (4 Sep 1941 - 26 Nov 2011), BillionGraves Record 45516478 Kanab, Kane, Utah, United States