Stephanie Benson Young, devoted wife, caring mother, and cherished grandmother, passed away on Tuesday, November 15, at the age of 67.
True to a phrase in her always-open kitchen, she was indeed "a mom with lots of frosting.” At a piano, she could fill a room with cheer, majesty, or anything in-between. She was known for the way she welcomed and fed friends, her ability to remember small but important details, the way she carried herself with calm assurance, and her great love for and testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
As an accomplished pianist, she taught hundreds of children throughout the years. Stephanie thrilled her students during the annual Halloween recital by dressing up as a bumble bee, Maleficent, or in other fabulous costumes. She shared her musical talents at church when playing the hymns, accompanying musical numbers, and playing the organ in the Draper temple.
Stephanie fell in love with David Alan Young at Brigham Young University. They were sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake City temple on August 4, 1976. Over a span of 20 years, she gave birth to eight beautiful children, starting with three girls and finishing with five boys. She instilled in her children the attributes of kindness, acceptance, gentleness, perseverance, determination, and above all, a devotion to God – attributes she embodied.
As her family grew and she claimed the title of grandma (a position that brought her especially great joy), she kept everyone knit together with strong traditions, boxes of chocolates, and Christmas pajamas. We still laugh at the wonderful wit found in her Easter treasure hunt clues, birthday cards, and keen one-liners. We will miss her laugh when solving a word puzzle, or guessing the plot twist of one of her favorite detective shows. Stephanie loved her country. Driven by her strong faith and patriotism, she was always engaged in civic interests and up-to-date on current events.
Glimpses of her grand soul can be seen in her children: Kathryn (Jason Wood), Elizabeth (Matt Christensen), Mary (Dan Dyer), David (Rachel Condon), Jonathan (Jessica Bingham), Thomas, Matthew (Lisa Dickson), and Andrew (Sabrina Nielson), as well as in her 25 grandchildren. Stephanie is preceded in death by her father, Mark Benson, and her mother, Lela Wing Benson. She is survived by her loving husband David, eight children, and beloved siblings Stephen, Stacey Ann, Margaret, Mary, and Michael.
We will celebrate Stephanie’s life at a viewing and a funeral held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 2535 E Newcastle Dr, Sandy, Utah 84093. Viewing: Tuesday, November 22, 6-8 PM MST Wednesday, November 23, 9:30-10:30 AM MST Funeral: Wednesday, November 23, 11 AM-12 PM MST
For those who are unable to attend in person the funeral will also be streamed: https://zoom.us/j/95191955991.
A private interment will take place after the funeral. Flowers may be sent to Larkin Sunset Gardens at 1950 E. 10600 S, Sandy, UT 84092.
We knew Stephanie in Redmond, Washington when there were just 3 little girls. She was a light and we have many fond memories of her and this wonderful family. Our deepest condolences to David and the rest of the family. Loved reading about her life and watching the funeral, so uplifting. Definitely gone too soon.
Richard and Donna Garrison
My dear friend David, I’m so sad to learn of your beautiful Stephanie’s passing. My heart aches for you and your family. You are in my prayers. Hugs and love- Kris
We are so sorry for Stephanie's passing. Sounds like it was tragic and quick. We hadn't seen the Youngs since they had like 2-3 kids in Redmond. For years I walked by their Redmond house and wondered how they were doing. Stephanie held the fort down quietly and faithfully as David would come to our house many times and help me feel so much better as I was suffering with a severe depression. He brought cheer, encouragement and faith. He was by far the best home teacher for us, ever. We knew Stephanie was the best wife there could have been with the kind of compassionate and caring man David is. Sending prayers, David!
David and family, what an absolutely wonderful tribute the service for Stephanie was. Thank you to each for your messages and the memories shared, the evidence and impact of which I was lucky enough to see first hand for a good part of my family's life. I thank you, David and Stephanie, for influencing our lives for good. I am, and hope to be, better for remembering her good life, hoping to more fully give the goodness she offered to those she loved. Sail on, Stephanie, knowing life is long, even eternal, until we meet again.
A wonderful lady. So sad.
Our deepest sympathies on the passing of Stephanie. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
What a lovely and spirit-filled tribute to a wonderful wife and mother and grandmother. It was so nice to hear from your children. Clearly, you both have raised amazing children. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Our prayer is for you to have the peace and comfort that surely the Savior will provide.
Our thoughts, hearts and prayers are turned to you all at this difficult time.
We feel privileged to have met this wonderful, meek lady when she visited the UK.
I'm sure the angels are taking good care of her until you are all reunited again.
The Gospel is a beautiful thing which we're so thankful for. Of course, there is a time to mourn but we hope the Lord will bless you all with peace, comfort and joy at the times you spent with your mom and the prospect of being together again in the Eternities.
Love from The Rowe Family
David and Family,
I am heart broken for you. May the Spirit be with an comfort you during this extreme time of sadness.
We have wonderful memories of Stephanie, David and three girls when you lived in Redmond, WA. She was filled with optimism and a strong testimony. She brought joy into the "young mother's club" and we know she will be missed. May you feel God's peace.
We are so sorry for your unexpected loss of your sweet wife. We are praying for you and your families to find peace and comfort in the wonderful memories you have of her. May the Lord bless you and your family to feel the Lord's love and comfort in your lives in the time ahead.
We love you!
My deepest condolences David. My prayers for you and the rest of the family..
Our deepest condolences on the tragic loss of your dear wife Stephanie. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Stephanie was such a bright light amongst all she knew and will be greatly missed. I remember when I first met Stephanie, David and sweet baby Katheryn in Dallas. Stephanie was such an adoring mother and her eyes would always light up when David came into the room. When I would see pictures of her children and grandchildren I knew she was in her "Happy Place." I feel like she loved music as her mother did and know she played and taught piano with love and kindness. It is my hope that her family may be comforted knowing that her life influenced so many by the example she set for all.
She was an inspiration for myself and so many others. She’ll be sorely missed.
I can tell by the beautiful writing of Mrs. Young’s obituary, that she was cherished and loved by all. Please accept my deepest sympathies to you and your family. My thoughts are with you Kathryn, Jason and family.
To Dr. Young and family -
I can't even begin to find the words, so all I will say is I am deeply sorry for this tragic and unexpected loss. You have my heart as you navigate through the difficult weeks ahead.
I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. May the Lord bless you at this tender time.
So sorry to hear of your wife's passing. Our love and prayers go with you. Thankfully, the Gospel will see you together again.
What a lovely and fitting tribute written for such an amazing woman! Stephanie accomplished so much in her young life and will never be forgotten. She portrayed grace and peace whenever I had the opportunity to visit with her and like what was mentioned, she remembered many details from past conversations I had with her. Truly a special and beautiful soul. To Uncle David and her talented children, may your loving memories hold you up, especially during this tough week and the days ahead. You are loved!
Our thoughts and prayers for the entire Benson family as you celebrate the life and mourn the loss of Stephanie.
Will and Maria
I am very sorry for your loss. Anyone who loses a family member will have compassion for you and your family.
To President Benson and his family: I am so very sorry about the sudden loss of your sister. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers in the days, weeks, and months ahead.
Please accept our sincere condolences for your loss. We pray the Lord may bless you with peace and that you will feel his deep and abiding love at this time and in the difficult time ahead. We treasure the time we have been able to work with you at the Library. Your example of optimism, commitment, and Christ-like love have been a great strength to us. May the Lord bless you.
So very sorry for your loss. Your family will be in our prayers.
She is a "get er done, anything for my family" mom!
She demonstrated high morals and determination throughout her life. The needle on her life compass always pointed to the highest of God's kingdom. We love her and will ALL be together one fine day 💕
To the Young Family,
So sorry for your loss ! Prayers and thoughts to you all, from our whole family to yours.
The Saunders Family.