Monica Rita Young
December 3, 1938 – May 8, 2020
Monica Rita Young, of Copperas Cove, TX died on Friday, May 8, 2020 surrounded by her loving family. Monica was born on December 3, 1938 to parents Raymond and Helen O’Connor. Monica graduated from Preston, MN High School. After graduation, she worked for the Northwestern Bell Telephone Company in Preston, MN prior to being transferred to Ft. Worth, Texas.
On December 10, 1960 she married her husband, Donald P. Young. She spent the next 15 years as an Army dependent, wife and mother, raising her five children and traveling the world. Monica and Don retired in Copperas Cove, TX in 1975.
In her free time, Monica was an avid reader. She loved to collect authors and shared her finds with others. She had one of the best libraries around in her house and her children and friends spent many hours looking through her collection and borrowing books. And like a library, she always knew where her books were and when they should be returned.
She was a very strong-willed woman, never wanting to depend on others, yet, she was always looking for a fantastic bargain she could pick up for a family member or others in need. She was particularly proud of going back to college when she turned 50 as all the kids were grown and on their own. After 30-years of serving in the role of Mom and Grandma, she began working at Central Texas College, graduated with her bachelor’s degree, and then retired in 2014.
Monica and Don were devoted members of the Holy Family Catholic Church in Copperas Cove since the early 1970’s.
Monica is preceded in death by her husband Donald P. Young, son Daniel P. Young, parents Raymond and Helen O’Connor, sisters Theresa Hovey Sylvanus and Mary Ruen, brothers Timothy O’Connor and Gerald O’Connor.
Monica is survived by her children Kathlene Tilque (Greg), Dennis Young, James Young (Amy), and Alicia “Amy” Young (Rick Prince); grandchildren Sean Watts (Sarah), Natalie Tilque, Jason Tilque (Michelle), Lisa Struthers, Michael Young (Melissa), McKayla Young, Dylan Alpha, and Tiffany Salas, Errian Young; great-grandchildren Austin Watts, Molly Watts, Abbigail Tilque, Silas Tilque, Kayla Taylor, Kara Taylor, Gracie Taylor, and Mason Young; and her siblings Jerome O’Connor (Sharyol), Joseph O’Connor (Lydia), Fred O’Connor (Linda), Charles O’Connor (Joan), Richard O’Connor (Theresa), Susan O’Connor Meyer (Gerald), Elizabeth Swanson (Baird.)
A visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 13,2020 from 9am to 4pm at Crawford Bowers Funeral Home in Copperas Cove. A funeral mass will be held at Holy Family Church at 11am on Thursday, May 14, 2020. A burial will follow at 2pm at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery.
Sympathy cards can be mailed to 2642 Big Divide, Copperas Cove, TX 76522
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Thursday, May 14, 2020
Monica Rita Young
May 13, 2020
My condolence to the entire family on the loss you have encountered. May the Lord give you all the peace you seek.
Johnny & Patty Reding
May 13, 2020
Dennis our condolence to you and the entire family. No words can express our sympathy for the loss of a wonderful woman. Keep her memories alive in your heart and share her life stories with the generations to come. Prayers and love
May 12, 2020
Prayers continue for the family. Monica will be missed, very special lady... Becky