Jill Jeanette Young (born October 21, 1956) passed away on September 11, 2020, in Van Nuys, California.
She lived most of her life in the westside of Los Angeles where she attended local schools (Paul Revere and Palisades High) with her brothers Tom and Troy Elander, with whom she shared a special bond. As a Theta at UCLA, she developed her passion for interior design and formed lifelong relationships.
Jill settled down in Pacific Palisades with her husband Ken Young in 1981, where she became a devoted mother to Robbie and Greg, and stepmother to David and Caren Young (Kai, Jasper). She was actively involved in her boys’ lives, watching them play sports at the Palisades Park and participating in the St. Matthew’s community.
Jill started her business, Jill Young Interior Design, in 1997. She transformed numerous homes and spaces with her creativity with the assistance of Maira Ramirez, an extended member of the Young family.
The Bel Air Bay Club was her second home, where members and staff became close friends. Jill loved traveling the world, playing paddle tennis, bocce, and golf, reading a good book, and keeping in touch with loved ones. Recently, she spent many weeks visiting Robbie and his family (Danielle, Weston and Reagan), who moved to Franklin, Tennessee, in 2019.
Jill shared a unique connection with her sons, and the arrival of her grandchildren, Weston and Reagan, initiated a wonderful new chapter. Weston and Reagan captured her heart, and she embraced being their “Nana” with love and enthusiasm.
Jill took pride watching Greg advance in his career and life, and she looked forward to his imminent milestones of adulthood. She helped Greg and his girlfriend Melissa design their new home, where her presence will be felt for years to come.
She enjoyed her final decade with her boyfriend, Jim deVarennes (Kali, Riley, Griffen), whom she loved dearly. Jill will be missed deeply by her broad network of family and friends who loved her joyful disposition, humor and compassion.
Jill is survived by sons Robbie (Danielle) and Greg, grandchildren Weston (4) and Reagan (nearly 2), brothers Tom Elander (Nancy) and Troy Elander (Diane), and nieces and nephew Kara Jill, Holly, Samantha, Annie, and William.
The Young family wishes to express its condolences to the family and friends of Jim deVarennes, who mourn the loss of a father, brother, uncle and friend.
A family service will be held (and streamed live for friends) at St. Matthew’s in early October.
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