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Denise Lee Young

January 21, 1962 — August 11, 2020

Born on January 21, 1962 in Sacramento, California to Dennis and Barbara Strader at Sutter Memorial Hospital.

On April 14, 1984, Denise Strader married Kenneth Young at the Masterson's Photography & Wedding Chapel in Carmichael, California. Denise Young was a mother, beloved wife and caring grandmother. Denise gave birth to three children: Chad Young in 1985, Nicholas Young in 1989, and Chase Young in 1992. On December 4, 2009, Denise was blessed with her first and only grandchild: Nicholas Young Jr. Denise's family was her pride and joy. Prior to and during her motherhood, she worked at Mercy San Juan Medical Center, as well as Sutter General Hospital as a Surgical Sterile Processing Specialist. She worked at Mercy San Juan Medical Center for two years, then Sutter General Hospital for nine years. Denise decided to go back to school while being a stay-at-home mom to obtain a college degree. Though the process took many years, she was able to obtain a Associates in Arts degree when her kids were older. Among the many jobs Denise had, she enjoyed giving back to her community as an Instructional Aide for the Elk Grove School District. When her family relocated from Sacramento to Rocklin, she continued as an Instructional Aide for the Rocklin Unified School District.

After leaving her Instructional Aide position at Rocklin High School in 2007, Denise devoted her heart entirely to her three children and husband. Denise loved her family with all her heart. The following words are written in regards to the memory of the mother and wife she was:

Denise's first son, Chad Young- Growing up in South Sacramento, my mother was truly unforgettable! My father would often be gone days at a time, working to support our family, while my mom took on the huge task of raising three boys. Looking back on my childhood, I think about what I put my mother through while growing up, and it leaves me speechless. I don't know any other woman who carries all the amazing qualities that she did, qualities which were essential in raising my two younger brothers and me. Her patience, for me especially, was incredible. Her intelligence and wisdom was sharp and on point. Most of all, her always-right intuition, which I remember boldly challenging quite often growing up. Today as I look back, I can confidently say she was never wrong about the warnings she gave me. In spite of my mistakes, she never once turned her back on me. She always made sure I was okay, no matter what it took. I'll forever keep you close to my heart. I'll never forget all of the little things you taught me in life, things which have shaped me to be a person I'm proud to be today. I hope to see you again in heaven when my time comes. I love you Mom!

Denise's second son, Nicholas Young- My mom was a woman who always stood beside me. She stood beside me when I was weak. She motivated me when I had a vision that no one else saw or understood, and because of that, she was often my fuel to succeed in life. Even more than that, my mom would give non-judgmental, constructive advice and correct me onto the right path when I was being naive. I credit much of who I am today to my mother's endless love and support. I could not have asked for a more caring and intuitive mother than her. A mother that had the understanding to learn who I am and build me up. She will forever be remembered as a mother that I can joke with daily while sharing the inner parts of my heart. Dad, you chose a beautiful, caring, kind hearted woman to have a family with. My mother's passion for her family, combined with her character and her unwavering love for me, will forever place an absent void in my heart. I look forward to the day that I will see her again in heaven.

Denise's third son, Chase Young- It's difficult to put into words how amazing my mom was. My mother, Denise Young was the perfect example of a role model: genuinely humble, generous, caring, nurturing with a great sense of humor. It may be cliché, but my mom was the best mom in the world. She went above and beyond for us, but it wasn't always easy raising three boys, mostly on her own, while my father provided for the family. Even though my dad was away for work often, together they always were an inspirational team. The strength of my mother, especially when my father was away, was truly incredible to see. No matter the struggle or the sadness she may have been experiencing, she always masked it so that it wouldn't affect my brothers and I while growing up. The love she showed for her husband was a privilege to witness. Their indestructible bond to one another did not go unnoticed. My mom loved so strongly, and was so proud of her family, and we too were proud of her. She devoted her life to us. My mom was shy around new people, but with her family she was always talking. She never wanted to be the center of attention, but always wanted to know what was going on at all times. She always had the answers to all of my questions. She always gave the best advice, without judgement, every time. I could not have asked for a better mother, a better childhood, a better role model. I miss my mom every single day. The last 3 years was a challenge to say the least. I saw you battle cancer, I saw you fight, I saw you in pain. But we were there for you, like you were for us. I'm glad you gave your life to our heavenly Father six years ago, and I pray you are enjoying your new life in heaven. Heaven gained a beautiful soul on August 11, 2020.

Denise's Loving Husband, Ken Young- Denise was the beauty I still dream of every day. Another gift from God. My job took me away often, sometimes up to 3 to 4 days a week. Despite that, she restlessly cared for her children, paid the bills and provided the love and care that kept us together for 36 years. She worked hard as a mother, many times without rest. We had good times and hard times, but our love would never depart. She is the missing emotion in my heart. I will see her again. She accepted Christ in her heart and that is the hope I have now, to see her again... my beloved wife!! I miss you so much!!!

Denise. Mom. You are irreplaceable to us. You lead by example; your teachings of humility, trust and generosity will forever be engraved in your son's hearts. You raised a beautiful family, and though no family is perfect, you never gave up on any one of us, not for a single second. We love you mom!
Your loving family.

Denise Lee Young,
January 21, 1962 - August 11, 2020
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