JULY 15, 1935 – JULY 4, 2017
Let Freedom Ring!
Remembering Iris Gatewood Young
Just before “Dawn’s Early Light” on Tuesday morning, July 4, just passed, the merciful arms of heaven reached down to a hospital bed and took home the gentle spirt of Iris Young. Her body could no longer overcome the complications which arose from recent strokes, and a weakened heart. Wife, mother, grandmother, neighbor, and friend, this beautiful lady now rests for eternity in a pain-free, happy, and comfortable world. She joins her loving parents and other precious souls who have gone before her. Iris leaves to mourn her absence – her husband of 59 years, James V. Young II – “Jim”, her beloved son James V. Young III, “Trey”, his wife Jennifer, and grandchildren Tiffany, Alexis, Jay, Kristen, and Blake – the stars in her crown. Also surviving “Big Sister” are her younger sister Sue, her husband Dennis Ray Smith, and her brother Paul Gatewood – all of Mississippi, Friends too numerous to name will miss her sweet personality and charming ways. Special neighbor friends, Mary and Mike Abbott are particularly thanked by the family for their ongoing love and care through the final moments of Iris’ earthly stay.
Iris was a long-time resident of Quail Valley, Missouri City, but was originally a native of Seminary. Mississippi. She was a true “Southern Belle” in the most elegant sense of the expression. “Miss Iris” was a gracious hostess, always caring in all that she did and accomplished. She enjoyed the beauty of the world and displayed her love in her home, her garden, and in her glamorous and striking style of living and giving. She was a faithful member of the Quail Valley Garden Club for many years and served as its president during 2004 and 2005. Her creative and leadership skills were stellar as she chaired numerous fund-raising projects through the years, all with the objective of beautifying the community of Quail Valley, which she loved. One other notable achievement in the area of beauty was her serving on the project committee that designed and created the splendid waterfall entrance to the Valley at El Dorado Blvd.
Iris loved a good time and always made sure her guests enjoyed the occasion as much as she did. This love of fun and laughter led to the founding of the Quail Valley “Red Hats” which she served many years as “Queen Mother”.
“Miss Iris” is already missed and leaves an empty place in many lives. But, no doubt she has happily agreed to join the committee to update the beauty of the Pearly Gates, and to serve on Heaven’s Welcome Wagon.
A celebration of her life will be hosted on Thursday, July 13, 2017 from 5 – 7PM at the Quail Valley Centre. Those who loved and admired her are cordially invited. Grave-side services will be conducted Friday morning at 11 am in The Garden of Memories in El Campo, Texas. Memorial gifts will be used for the ongoing beautification projects of the Quail Valley Garden Club. Kindly direct your gift to the Quail Valley Garden Club, c/o Jo Ann Mayhall, 3806 Crystal Falls Drive, Missouri City, Texas, 77459