Nancy Alene Young Hill was a loving, giving Mother, Sister, Sissy, Nana, mother-in-law, daughter, Presbyterian, and caregiver to her patients. She celebrated life in everything she did from the day she was born, Jan. 11, 1951, in El Dorado, Ark. to Helen Elizabeth and James E. Young. Her first answer to prayer was her baby sister, Lauralee Young Bogue. And her greatest gift in life was her daughter, Tracy Renee Hill Hochster. She would later claim the addition of a son-in-law, Jamison, and grandson, Avi, as greatest gifts and answers to prayers.
Nancy was a true Texan as the family moved to Texarkana, Texas when Nancy was in the first grade and later graduated with honors from Texas Senior High School in 1969. Nancy was a Lumberjack at Stephen F. Austin State University for two years; she then transferred to The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. Her daughter, Tracy’s, baby sheets were burnt orange and white, of course. Nancy graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy in December 1973 and left Austin after meeting Tracy’s father, David Hill, to begin a family and care for her patients. One of her many passions was patient care and she practiced pharmacy in Austin and Fort Worth then Brownwood for years. Nancy went beyond the call of her profession, always offering compassion, support and gentle guidance. She truly, deeply loved her patients – her friends; it is evident that her work was her mission field.
Nancy led her life in the light and by the ways taught to us by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Nancy was a Christian raised in the Presbyterian Church and her faith provided the strength, guidance and support to rise above any obstacle. She was an optimist, an advocate, a leader. She would be the first to tell you that it takes a community to raise a child. Nancy found that love and support for her and Tracy at Union Presbyterian Church (UPC) in Brownwood. She led our youth as a Sunday school teacher (which her daughter volunteered her for on the spot one day) and was also an Elder at UPC. Many a trip was made to Mo Ranch with our community (our family) of believers or as a weekend get-away for her and Tracy to attend a women’s seminar and also see the bluebonnets. She once lost her diamond engagement ring in the rapids at Mo and found it a few minutes later; she never failed to amaze us! Nancy found God and saw His work in the beauty around her – whether it was a flock of Monarch butterflies departing a pear tree at once or the soft, sweet scent of a peace rose – and she always remembered to thank God for the many blessings He shared. She is, without a doubt, with Him now and would want us to be in celebration of a beautiful, wonderful life.
Nancy gave selflessly to the people around her; she was respected and loved by many, but most of all, by her daughter, Tracy. Although Nancy was a brilliant writer, an accomplished pharmacist, a devout Christian, she was (and will always be) the BEST mother. She was Tracy’s greatest cheerleader; she never missed a story time, holiday, Girl Scout event, dance recital, volleyball game, fashion show…she was present for everything and anything. Tracy and Nancy shared many passions like travel, photography, writing, art collecting, long drives on Sunday afternoon, swimming, snorkeling off of a beach, and the art of shopping. They were always together and were best friends. Nancy taught Tracy to truly enjoy life, to see the good in people, to see the beauty in the little things, to be kind to all of God’s children, to be positive, and to always give back. Her home was open to Tracy’s many friends, and her garden was evidence to her green thumb and love of nature. Each plant was a personal friend and her many pets were family. Nancy was strong, driven and resilient. Wonderfully, Nancy was able to be with her daughter in Dallas while Tracy was pregnant and at the birth of her first grandson, Avi Ernest Hochster. Nana gave Avi many kisses, hugs, bottles and encouraged him during many play-times…what a gift!
Family was everything to Nancy! She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Tracy and Jamison Hochster of Dallas, and her pride and joy – her grandson – Avi Ernest Hochster. She is also survived by:
Her best friend and sister and brother-in-law, Lauralee and Donald Bogue of Lufkin.
Her nieces, nephew and families, Jessica and Chris Leavins, Angela Bogue, and James Bogue.
Her nephew and nephew’s husband, Kenny Hill Jr. and Rick Ziraldo of Dallas.
Her niece and niece’s husband, Korie and John Jones of Derby, Kan.
Her first cousin and “sister,” Jean McCurry of Waxahachie.
Her “other” daughter, Kelly Turner Rakowitz and William Rakowitz of San Antonio.
The Hill Family, The McCurry Family, The Young Family, The Korenman Family, The Ohayon Family, The Goldman Family and The Hochster Family.
And many dear, dear friends, UPC congregation members, patients, and caregivers. Linda, Dorothy, Sue, Diane…lots of love.
A Celebration of Life at Union Presbyterian Church in Brownwood, will be held at a future date to be announced. Internment and a private graveside ceremony will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, Arlington Cemetery in El Dorado, Ark.
An online guest registry will be available at www.youngsfuneralhome.com.