In 1999, Young survived the tornado that hit Moore on May 3 by holding two pillows to her body as her house was torn apart.
“Everything around me just crated, you know. I never did go back,” she said.
When she turned 90, her sister-in-law told her it would be all downhill from there. Maybe it was. She broke her ankle and her son Don said it would be best to move to Heartland Plaza Retirement & Senior Community, where someone could help her if she needed it.
If that was going downhill, Young hasn’t let it dampen her spirits. The staff calls her “sunshine” and “beautiful.”
“That’s a nice thing to start the day with, and I’m just tickled to hear it,” she said.
Young has lived through two world wars, the passing of women’s suffrage, the Great Depression, the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement, countless technological inventions and two destructive tornadoes. Through it all, she survived.
“I just did hard work,” she said. “I don’t remember when I wasn’t working. Hard work developed my muscles and everything I guess. But I’ve had a wonderful life. I can’t complain about anything.”
Young’s positive attitude may be a contributor to her long life.
“You know I’ve been here nearly 100 years,” she said. “You can know how much things have changed from where I started out. But try to live a visibly good life,like people — I have. Or you wouldn’t have the people that I’ve had come call.”