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Mildred Victoria (Acker) Young

Obituary for Mildred Victoria (Acker) Young

March 9, 1924 - October 4, 2017
Austin, Texas | Age 93


Mildred Victoria (Acker) Young died peacefully on the morning of October 4, 2017. She had been battling chronic medical conditions for many years. However she was quick with a smile to whoever came to visit her, particularly her great-grandchildren.

Mildred was born to Frederick and Mary Jean Acker on March 9, 1924 in a house in Quincy, Massachusetts, which had been recently built by her father. She had two older brothers, Harold and Earle. She was quite artistic and musically talented. She especially excelled at the piano and organ and was often asked to fill in on Sunday mornings for an absent organist at different churches in the Boston area. In Austin, she played the piano for children's church and played the organ at St. Andrew's Episcopal School. She took up the cello and played in several orchestras while in Boston.

Mildred attended North Quincy High School which is where she first met her future husband, David. After graduation, she attended Simmons College in Boston where she trained to be a nurse. As she attended school during the Second World War, her training was accelerated and she was part of a Nurse Corps for the military. She particularly enjoyed the operating room duties as a registered nurse at the Massachusetts General Hospital and had many interesting stories about her experiences! She continued nursing until she and her husband left the Boston area about the time she had her first child.

Her beautiful handwriting was put to good use when she was able to carefully print mathematical symbols and expressions for David's groundbreaking PhD dissertation. She and David moved to Maryland in 1952, California, in 1955, and finally settled in Austin, Texas, in 1958 when David was offered the job of Director of the newly formed center for computer studies at The University of Texas. Mildred was very supportive of David's career throughout the rest of their lives together.

After their children were grown up, Mildred got to accompany David around the world to conferences and guest professorships. She was able to travel and sight-see which she had always wanted to do. Highlights included Germany, Norway, England (including attending Wimbledon), Japan, and Russia. By this time she also enjoyed visiting and taking care of her two grandchildren who were born in the mid 1980's.

Mildred renewed her Nursing credentials in 1972 but never returned to work. However, she was a Red Cross volunteer and often coordinated Red Cross shelters during hurricane season. She was always committed to her Christian faith and in addition to playing the piano, taught First Grade Sunday School for several decades. She was involved in other women's groups at the Church of The Good Shepherd and finally organized the music for the senior choir until she could no longer get around.

In 2013, her son William and daughter–in-law Linda convinced her to move to an Assisted Living facility in Arizona, very close to them and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Watching the little ones would light up her eyes in her last four years. She was always a kind and gentle person and loved by all who knew her.

Mildred was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 59 years, David M. Young Jr., and her brother, Harold Acker.

She is survived by her brother, Earle Acker, and her three children, William Young (with his wife Linda), Arthur Young, and Carolyn Young. Also surviving her are grandchildren John Young (with wife Katie) and Sara Heitzinger (with husband Jonathan). John has three of her great-grandchildren, William, Brayden and LeAnne, and Sara has two, Jacqueline and Juliette. She is also survived by nephews Gordon Acker, Douglas Acker (with wife LA), Bruce Acker (and wife Dottie) and niece Karen Acker. On David's side, she is survived by sister-in-law Christine Sorenson, nephew David Sorenson and niece Sylvia Newell (with her husband Bruce).

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 1:00 PM at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd at the corner of Windsor Road and Exposition Boulevard.

In lieu of flowers, please give to the charity of your choice.

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3125 N Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78705
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