The passing of Elisa Siofele Young, SEC Superintendent of Education (Updated 6/4, 2:07 a.m.)

By: Robert Henley
Date: 05/31/10
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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Elisa Siofele Young, superintendent of education for the Southeastern Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Elisa took her last breath on Sunday, May 30th at 11:31 p.m. (ET). She had been fighting  cancer and was undergoing treatment in California at the time of her death.

Funeral services are scheduled for June 7th at 10:00 a.m., details listed below.  A memorial service will be held in Orlando, FL on June 20th. Details are forth coming.

We ask that you pray for the Young family during this most difficult time.

Funeral Services

Funeral
Monday, June 7 at 10:00 a.m. at the
Tamarind Seventh-day Adventist Church
417 South Tamarind Ave.
Compton, CA 90220

Interment
Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary
3888 Workman Mill Road
Whittier, CA

Send Flowers to:
McKenzie Mortuary
3843 E. Anaheim
Long Beach, CA 90804

Send Cards to:
3119 Josephine St.
Lynwood, CA 90262

Memorial Service
The memorial service will be held on June 20, at 11:00 a.m. at the
Mt. Sania Seventh-day Adventist Church
2600 Orange Center Boulevard 
Orlando, FL 32805
Sunday, June 20

 

 

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M. Brown | Jun/21/10 11:06:38
I am sitting here, with tears of sadness, heart heavy... I am sooo blessed that I had the opportunity of meeting Ms. Young. We had many meals that were filled with laughter at PoFolks. She intorduced me to fried green tomatoes :) I will truly,truly miss talking to her and crying on her shoulders. Ms. Young was no ordinary pastors wife. I asked her all type of questions, and she would just smile--and answer them. I thank you for sharing your mother/wife with me.Luv
 
Tamara Lopez Libonati | Jun/21/10 08:06:13
Pastor Young and family, From the Southern Union Office of Educations Department of Early Childhood Education, I must say that Elisa, in our eyes was a Mother Teresa for the care and education of young children. Her compassion for families and communities effected a ministry from which many have benefited, and more than any of us on this earth can possibly know! With the fondest memories and sincerest gratitude for all shes taught us, we will forever treasure the wisdom, strength, and warmth she shared with us in embracing and administrating early childhood education and care. We have been richly blessed for having had the privilege of working with Elisa.
 
Ruth gunn & the Southernmost Church Family | Jun/18/10 09:06:00
Our sincere sympathy is extended to the Young Family in this your hour of bereavement. Don't forget "all things are not good ,but they work together for good," God knows how much Sis Young suffered, so he allowed her to go to sleep for a little while. Thank God we have "The Blessed Hope." Let's be faithful to the end>
 
Ella Thompson | Jun/12/10 07:06:04
Please remember that God love is with you every second.
 
Minnie A. Smith | Jun/08/10 08:06:05
To Pastor Young and Family; Your wife, to your children, your mother , to your grand children, your grandmother, to your son in law your, mother in law, the Principal of Miami Union Academy as we knew her is were we first came into contact with her. All we can say is this, she was a wonderful person. And she will be missed. When everyone is gone GOD will always be there. Clarissa L. Navarro Minnie A. Smith Miami Florida
 
Elvira Martin | Jun/08/10 07:06:44
To the Young Family, Please accept our deepest sympathies at this time of sorrow.Young family,keep holding on becuase he that is to come will come and all this sorrow will be over soon, and we will see our love one again. May God continue to bless and keep you all.Love from the Martin, Reid family.
 
Beverly Sterling | Jun/07/10 02:06:35
The Young's Family, Please accept our humble sympathies at this time of sorrow. May God's infinite love, grace and compassion give you all hope and peace to carry you all through your grief. Young ladies I know what you all are going through. I just lost my Mom so I know the pain of loosing some one dear. But God is a good God He sees every thing and He have everything under control. Soon there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, to God be the glory.
 
Hamlet Canosa | Jun/07/10 08:06:46
Dear Friends in Christ: LaVona Gillham and I had the distinct privilege and pleasure to know Elisa as a colleague while we worked together in the Southern Union. In every way, our memories of Elisa are of a sweet and caring Christian as well as the consummate professional educator. Please accept our humble sympathies extended to each of you at this time of your heartfelt grief. Yet, we have reason for hope. The Master soon returns and, at that appointed hour, death will be no more and those we love who died in faith, WILL rise again! Your brother in Christ, Hamlet
 
Infanta Crutchley | Jun/07/10 08:06:42
Dear Pastor Young & Family & Bro. Robert Henley & Family: Accept my deepest condolences on the passing of your loved one. God promises strength and He will hold you up. We have the assurance that God's love for you and for the late Sis. Elisa Young far surpasses our love for her. What a joy to know 'resurrection day' is coming. So take courage. My prayers and thoughts are with you. (Member of MUA School Board)
 
Sis. Veronica V. Williams | Jun/06/10 03:06:24
To Pastor Young and Family, "Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows." God will never leave you...He knows how it feels to have a broken heart, and He simply promises to be there by your sides, comforting you all, always. May God's infinite love and compassion give you and the family peace to carry you through this time of your loss. With deepest sympathy Sis. V. V. Williams
 
Sis. Pearl B. Lynch | Jun/06/10 03:06:35
Dearly Beloved Pastor Theus Young and family, God knows best. He never hurts needlessly, for every loss He sends to us, is followed by RICH gain. Sincere Sympathy, Sister Pearl B. Lynch Northside SDA Church Miami, Florida
 
Pastor Orville & Tiffany Brissett | Jun/05/10 05:06:28
To the Young Family, We are so saddened to hear of your wife/mother's passing. Please know that you family is in our prayers and that very soon Jesus will crack the sky and you will see your precious loved one again. It won't be long now. If you need anything please do not hesitate to ask. Pastor Orville and Tiffany Brissett
 
Walden & Rose Thomas | Jun/05/10 03:06:51
Pastor Young, Please know that we are praying for you at this difficult time. We love your wife and appreciated her sweet and kind spirit. We are praying for you and because we consider you and your wife as warriors in the army of the Almighty, we have no doubt that we will see her again. Be of strong courage, our dearest Pastor, for He who shall come, will come, and will not tarry. Love and Prayers, Walden & Rose Thomas and Family
 
Cassandra Presley Siermons | Jun/04/10 04:06:36
Young family. A heartfilled sorrow goes out to the family and loved one. We pray that in time, God will heal you of your pain. She was a loving hardworker who always had the best for her students in mind. She will be missed by all who came in contact with her. Sometimes, words cannot express our emotions, but do realize that you are always in our prayers.
 
Robert and Constance McNair | Jun/04/10 02:06:35
Dear Pastor Young and Family, We are saddened to hear of the passing of your dear wife. We want you to know that your family has been and will continue to be in our prayers.
 
Robert and Constance McNair | Jun/04/10 02:06:35
Dear Pastor Young and Family, We are saddened to hear of the passing of your dear wife. We want you to know that your family has been and will continue to be in our prayers.
 
Jermaine Lewis, Cyril & Judith Bain | Jun/04/10 10:06:04
Pastor young, We are sadden by the passing of Ms young. The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him, to the one who seeks Him. May you continue to fine strength in the Lord.
 
Chaplin Jason McCracken | Jun/04/10 08:06:04
Dear Pastor Young, The news of the passing of your wife brings the entire L.E.I.T.C staff sadness. We know that our God in Heaven promises that He hath prepared a place for her. He will come soon to unite your family in a great reunion! Lets us all prepare for this Home coming! AMEN! Our prayers are with you. May God comfort you during this time. Elder Jason McCracken Assoicate Chaplin for Oakwood University Director of L.E.I.T.C
 
Willie/Shirley Wiggins | Jun/04/10 07:06:53
To Pastor Young and family, our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Remember this is not the end of her story. One day soon, we will see her again. Trust God to be your strength. Sister Young has touched many lives and my son (Darryl) is one of them. It has been a privilege to have known her. She will be missed. With love, The Wiggins family
 
Pastor Moses & Jeanette Brown | Jun/03/10 07:06:58
Elisa Young was one of the dearest, kindest, honest woman I have ever known. Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow
 
Donnell Powell & Children | Jun/03/10 05:06:46
My chilren,Sabrina, Curtis, Eddie, and I are so sadden to learn of the passing of Sister Young. She was a beautiful,spirit-filled lady. Her legacy will live on in her 4 lovely daughters and in all of us who were touched and inspired by her. May God give you "peace on every side".
 
Allen and Betty Fullwood | Jun/02/10 07:06:50
It is with deepest heartfelt sympathy that we send our condolences to the family of Sis. Elisa Young. We will always remember her beautiful smile and kind personality. May the Holy Spirit continue to comfort you and uphold you until Jesus comes and we who have done the Will of the Father will see our loved ones who died in Christ once again and forever live with Him. Prayers and Love, Allen and Betty
 
Verna Glenn | Jun/02/10 02:06:52
To Pastor and family of Elisa Young. I join in extending my heartfelt sympathy to the Young family and many friends. I pray that God will sustain and comfort you during this difficult time in life. My prayer are with you and your family
 
Pastor & Sister Eugene & Ann Mason | Jun/02/10 11:06:17
To Pastor Theus Young and family. We are saddened to hear of the passing of Elisa. We remember, with fondness, of our time in Southeastern and the blessing of fellowshipping with her. We praise God for her life and faithful ministry for the children of Southeastern. We believe many lives have been blessed by her Christian kindness, love and dedicated service. we look forward to "resurrection day" when our Lord will wake her from her rest. Meanwhile, we are praying for you, your family and the Southeastern Conference family as you mourn her passing. "Even so, come, Lord Jesus".
 
Richard & Shari Smith | Jun/02/10 10:06:54
It was with the deepest sadness that we received the news of Elisa's passing. She was a wonderful college and friend during the time Shari and I worked in Florida. We had a great respect for her insight as an administrator. She had the ability to weigh the consequences of a particular situation before making her decision. Additionally, her love for students was unmatched. Elisa's death will not only be a loss to the Southeastern Conference but to the Educational advancement of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Her family will be in our prayers durning this time of their bereavement. Richard & Shari Smith
 
Pastor Compton Ross, Jr | Jun/02/10 09:06:28
Pastor Young it is with great sadness that we received the news of the passing of your wife. Our prayers are with you, and with you we look forward to the soon coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ when all pain and suffering shall come to an end. Be of good courage! Pastor Compton Ross, Jr. Publishing Director Central States Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
 
Lawrence Brown, Northeastern Conference | Jun/02/10 05:06:34
Pastor Young, during our time working together when I was publishing director for Northeastern, I found your wife to be the epitomy of class and dignity. Her regal bearing and noble demeanor clearly blessed you and no doubt powered your endeavor. Her loss is tragic. Her passing untimely. Her illness insidious. But her God is still good. I will check on you in the days ahead.
 
Bill & Connie Beckworth | Jun/01/10 10:06:26
Dear Brother Young and Family: We are sadden to hear the news of your great loss! "Devout men (and women) are taken away and no one understands, but God says, the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil." Isaiah 57:1 Elisa is resting from all pain, sickness and evil in this ole world. She's free from it! Keep looking to Jesus until that great day! Our love and prayers.
 
Bodowski W Cherisol | Jun/01/10 09:06:03
To Pastor Young and family. My family and I would like to express our condolences in your time of loss. Mrs Young was such an inspiration to me growing up. Her light will me greatly missed. Even though the road may seem dark, remember there's a better day ahead.
 
Deborah Thornton-Williams | Jun/01/10 09:06:30
To Pastor Young and Family, Words cannot express the sadness we felt, when we heard this news. May God keep you and your family close to Him during this time. We know that we will see her again. With Love, -Kay Thornton, Deborah Thornton-Williams, and Tiffani
 
Ivan Sankey | Jun/01/10 07:06:39
To Pastor and family of Elisa Young. We join in extending our heartfelt sympathy to the Young family and many friends. We pray that God will sustain and comfort you during this difficult time in life. Mt. Sinai (MSJA)School Alumni Association
 
Robert & Tonia Watkins | May/31/10 08:05:59
Pastor Young and family, know that God is as close to you now as He has ever been. He has promised never to leave you or forsake you! Rest in His promises and know that if you are faithful, you will see your loved one again! We are lifting you and your family up in prayer!
 
prince Lewis | Jun/01/10 12:06:51
May the grace 0f God keep you Pastor Young and your family in the center of His hands. Words may not be able to express what sadness many of us are feeling over the lose of a great mother, wife, sister, grandmother, educator and friend but I leave these words for all of us to mediate upon  The Father knows the tears you cry before they fall He feels your pain, His heart and yours are one, the Father knows that sorrows heavy chains are strong but with His strength, youll overcome. This to shall pass like every night thats come before it Hell never give you more than you can bear this too shall pass so in this thought be comforted its in His hands this too shall pass(by Yolanda Adams). With love and thanksgiving for her life and now sharing in her legacy Pastor Prince Lewis
 
Prince Lewis | May/31/10 11:05:18
May the grace of God keep you Pastor Young and your family in the center of His hands. Words may not be able to express what sadness many of us are feeling over the lose of a great mother, wife, sister, grandmother, educator and friend but I leave these words for all of us to mediate upon  The Father knows the tears you cry before they fall He feels your pain, His heart and yours are one, the Father knows that sorrows heavy chains are strong but with His strength, youll overcome. This to shall pass like every night thats come before it Hell never give you more than you can bear this too shall pass so in this thought be comforted its in His hands this too shall pass(by Yolanda Adams). With love and thanksgiving for her life and now sharing in her legacy Pastor Prince Lewis
 
Gloriane Theophilus | May/31/10 10:05:28
To Pastor Young and family, my prayers and thoughts are with you. Remember this is not the end and one day soon we will see her again. Trust God to be your strength and hope. Sis Young has touched many lives and I am one of them. It has been a privilege to have known her. She will be truly missed. With love, Gloriane and family.
 
Rick & Denise Mathis & Family | May/31/10 08:05:32
Our family is deeply saddened by the news of Mrs. Young's passing. Mrs. Young was the principle while our children attended Miami Union Academy and we will always have fond memories of her as a principle and a friend to us. May God's blessings, love and comfort dwell in the hearts of the entire family in the days to come. Our love and prayers will continue to be with the family members. With sincere sympathy, The Mathis Family.
 
A.Williams | May/31/10 07:05:58
My heart is saddest to hear about Mrs. Young. My daughter attended Miami Union Academy. I also worked as a teacher at Miami Union Academy . Mrs. Young was always so kind and loving toward my daughter and I. My prayers are with you and your family. The Williams Family
 
Pastor & Mrs. Barry Bonner | May/31/10 07:05:55
To the Young Family. Our prayers and sincere condolences are with you. May the God of Love be your Strong Tower during your time of bereavement. Remember the hope that we have as believers and that is in the second coming of Christ, when we will see our loved ones again. May God be with you. With much love. Pastor & Mrs. Barry Bonner and Family.
 
A.Williams | May/31/10 07:05:45
My heart is saddest to hear about Mrs. Young. My daughter attended Miami Union Academy. I also worked as a teacher at Miami Union Academy . Mrs. Young was always so kind and loving toward my daughter and I. My prayers are with you and your family. The Williams Family
 
Theresa Sankey | May/31/10 07:05:26
Our love and prays are extended to the Young families. May God's peace comfort you all at this time of loss. Sincerely, Ivan and Theresa Sankey and family
 
Leonie Quashie | May/31/10 06:05:17
To the Young family. My family is sending our deepest sympathy to you. Pastor and Sister Young were my first church pastor and (parents) when my sister and I came to Jacksonville. We will always remember her kindness and generousity. I will keep the rest of the family in my prayers. God takes care of all of us. He will give you the strength to carry on. From your other set of twins.
 
Karla Skinner | May/31/10 02:05:33
I am saddened by by the passing away of Sis Young. She was an inspiration. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family.
 
Karla Skinner | May/31/10 02:05:33
 
Roldan Mendoza | May/31/10 12:05:49
Dear Pastor T. Young, Our deepest sympathy and condolences for the passing of Sis. Young. We are (Filipino American Int'l SDA Church)praying for you and your family. God in His wisdom let her rest from this world's labor awaiting for the Savior to usher her home. May you find comfort and peace in Him. Pastor Roldan Mendoza & Fil-Am Int'l SDA Church members
 
G. Fleurimond | May/31/10 09:05:38
I would like to extend my condolences to the Young family on this great loss. Mrs. Young really meant a lot to so many and can only imagine how much she meant to you. Although She is gone we have a blessed hope that one day this beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother,grandmother, teacher, principle to many, and conference administrator, and most of all child of God will rise again.
 
Doreen P. Washington | May/31/10 08:05:11
Sincerest sympathy to Pastor Young and his family, Southeastern administration, and the entire Conference membership on the passing of Sister Young. "We have this HOPE...!"
 
kirby/walters family | May/31/10 07:05:20
Our Condolences goes out to Pastor Young and family on the passing of such a sweet person. We will miss her but God knows best.May his peace be with you all at this time.
 
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