The Tri-Cities lost a dedicated civic and business leader on Saturday. Patricia J. Young, 75, died at home in Richland after a 12-year battle with breast cancer.
"The number of people who have contacted us since her passing is amazing," said her husband, Bob.
"Everybody who met mom became her friend. She was much loved," said her daughter Kathy Ford of West Richland.
Pat Young was born in Sedro Woolley and met her husband while they were students at Washington State University. They moved to Pasco in 1968 from Seattle to work at his parents' store, Young's of Pasco, at 411 W. Lewis St.
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Pat and Bob Young eventually took over the business and opened a second clothing store, Young's Connection, in 1978. When both stores closed in 1991, Pat Young went to work for the local cable company in marketing.
"She loved the Tri-Cities but was a little partial to Pasco. She really gave herself to Pasco. It was her town," said Bob Young.
In September 1984, Pat Young was elected president of the 390-member Greater Pasco Area Chamber of Commerce.
At the time she was elected, Young followed Dorothy Schoepach as only the second woman president of the chamber, which was chartered in 1912.
Before being elected chamber president Young was appointed to fill an unexpired term on the Pasco chamber board of directors.
"Mom was passionate about her community and the people of the community," Ford said.
Young also served on the TRIDEC board of directors and the Mid-Columbia Symphony Guild board. She also was a leader in community events, including the Pasco Autumn Festival, Water Follies Talent Show, Pasco Junior Women and the March of Dimes.
"She really enjoyed the Autumn Festival. She had fun working with the folks downtown and the various business people," Ford said.
"What touched her heart was involving all the locally grown foods, the farmers," said Bob Young. "She put a lot of effort into that one festival but had a lot of fun doing it."
Pat Young also is survived by her son, Howard, and three grandchildren.
A memorial service is at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Redeemer Lutheran Church, 520 Thayer Drive, Richland.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in her memory to the Franklin County Historical Society or the Tri-Cities Cancer Center in Kennewick.
Columbia Memorial Funeral Chapel and Gardens in Pasco is in charge of the arrangements.