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Leta F. Young

Leta F. Young, 78, passed away Sept. 14, 2006, at her home in South Lake Tahoe. She was born Leta Fern Gamblin on Dec. 16, 1928, in Denton, Texas, and just after the Great Depression moved with her family to Duncan, Okla. Then to Long Beach, Calif., where she attended school and later married Charles A. Young of Pollock, La. They had two children and after moving with the Navy for several years, retired in 1965 to Burlington, Wash. Following her mother’s death there a few years later, Leta came to South Lake Tahoe to be near her daughter and grandchildren, who have lived here since 1987.

For the past several years, she has shared her home on Berkeley Avenue with her caregiver and friend, Mary S. Godfrey. Their house is known around the neighborhood as the flower house, as she loved to garden and grow. Many of the flowers and plants seen growing in her yard now were brought with her as small plants or seedlings when she first arrived in South Lake Tahoe in 1995.

She is survived by her daughter, Pat Clark of South Lake Tahoe; son, Charles Young, of Federal Way, Wash.; grandchildren, Jeff Sweet of South Lake Tahoe, and Charlene Young of Everett, Wash.; great-grandsons, J.D. and Cody Fox of Tacoma, Wash.; and great-granddaughter, Cassie Sweet of South Lake Tahoe. Leta was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Carmen Rene Fox in 2003; mother, Beaulah B. Strickland in 1993, and father, Earl Gamblin.

A private memorial service is pending for family and friends and will be announced at a later date.

McFarlane Mortuary is handling the arrangements.

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