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Jean Ruen Young

ended her life journey on January 24, 2014, during an episode of pneumonia, at age 98. She built a life of remarkable love, generosity, and caring for others. She was known for her wit, self-effacing humor, sophistication, taste, and elegance, all embedded within a complete lack of pretense. Born in Detroit, Michigan, she was the daughter of Laura Dolan and Dr. Michael Ruen. They, and her brother, Tom, and sister, Barbara, predeceased her. She attended Annunciation High School in Detroit, with her sister-in-law, Muriel, and others in a group of lifelong friends. Jean received a bachelor's degree from Marygrove College in Detroit, and went on to work as a social worker for the City of Detroit. Her marriage to John Young ended in divorce many years later. They lived in Danville, IL, for twenty years before moving to Tucson in 1959. Her oldest son, Michael, graduated from the University of Arizona College of Law and was an attorney in Tucson in subsequent years. He died in 2006, a piercing blow to his mother in her 90's; she responded with her usual astonishing resilience and focus on concern for others. Her remarkable talent for letter writing, and her intelligently entertaining and authentically empathic conversations, are unforgettable for those who knew her. She was a voracious reader. Her Funeral was on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at St. Pius X Church in Tucson. Jean Young is survived by her son, Jerry, a psychiatrist in New York City, and nine grandchildren, as well as many lively great-grandchildren who will be the unknowing beneficiaries of her gifts to the generations who follow her -- foremost among them are empathic kindness rather than aggression, honesty and integrity instead of deception, and a focus on loving responses to others. Arrangements by BRING'S BROADWAY CHAPEL.