Lorraine A. Young, age 66, of Elgin, IL, passed away on October 18, 2021. She was born December 2, 1954 in Los Angeles, CA to her loving parents, Raymond and Phyllis Swaim (née Robbins).

Lorraine graduated from Bell High School in Bell, CA, Class of 1972. She became a Certified Nursing Assistant, and was also an instructor at the Galen College of Medical and Dental Assistants.

Lorraine met her first husband, Terry Arnold, at Bell Nazarene Church. They were married for 34 years and had two children together. She later met her second husband, Jason Young, at Curves, and they were married for 13 years.

Lorraine was 31 years sober when she died, and was an active participant in Alcoholics Anonymous, where she sponsored many others on their journey to sobriety.

Lorraine enjoyed quilting, reading, crocheting, doing crossword puzzles, watching movies, and listening to music. She also loved playing with her dog, Brother, and zooming with her Arizona grandkids.

Loved ones will remember Lorraine as forgiving, kind, compassionate, sociable, fun-loving, vibrant, optimistic, joyful, and adventurous. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend who constantly sacrificed for others. She bravely fought pancreatic cancer for over four years, and maintained a positive and optimistic attitude no matter what life threw at her. She was greatly loved and will be greatly missed, but is resting in the arms of the Lord whom she loved her whole life.

Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Phyllis Swaim; sister, Anita; and ex-husband, Terry Arnold. She is survived by her husband, Jason Young; children, Geoffrey (De’Andra) Arnold of Phoenix, AZ, and Monica (Ken) Dombrowski of Evanston, IL; mother-in-law, Sandra Young; siblings, RaeJean Luper, Richard Swaim, Robin (Colleen) Swaim, Tony (Becky) Swaim, Stanley Swaim, and Heather Yaddie; grandchildren, Jessica, Matthew, Amelia, Brodie, Evan, and Elizabeth; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at Journey of Hope United Methodist Church, 37W040 Highland Avenue, Elgin, IL 60124.

Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Lorraine’s name to Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

Final arrangements entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home. For more information, call 847-741-1128 or visit www.symondsmadison.com.

6 Replies to “Lorraine A. Young”

  1. Jason, Monica, Ken, Geoff. and De’Andra; I do not even know where to begin. Lorrie was an amazing friend and I am totally honored to have met her and been able to call her my Sister-In-Christ. Her smile and laugh lit up the darkest of skies. Her faith was inspiring to all she met and not only did she believe strongly in her faith, but lived it as well. I miss her terribly already, but know she has been healed by our Savior and walking amongst God’s other angels in heaven. Please accept my sincerest condolences and prayers. Thank you for not only allowing me to be part of her life, but yours as well. God Bless, Kimberly Lynch

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. She was a Grezt Lady, we become very good friends b4 she moved. R.I.P. Sweet Lady.

  3. Lorri was an inspiration in her struggles with cancer. She was always positive and hopeful. I am a more understanding person because I knew her.

  4. She was very positive and convinced she could beat cancer. RIP LORRIE

  5. I was friends with her in elementary school. Always sweet. Very positive and convinced she would beat cancer. RIP Lorrie!

  6. Well where do I start Lorrie first was my neighbor in Mesa, Az at Rio Del Oro. We both were in our H.O.A. She was in charge of our
    Block watch and I was the President. We had so much fun arranging the Block Watch parties. I got to know Lorrie very well. We went shopping alot. She liked to go to Thrift stores., Savers and Goodwill. Lorrie actually became one of my best friends. We could talk about anything and we laughed alot. She was there for me, especially when my brother John was sick and passed away. I was in shock when I heard she had left us. But the good news is I will see her again. Lorrie was so proud of her family. She loved them so much and especially her grandchildren. I am gonna miss our talks so much. I know Lorrie is a special child of God. I love you Lorrie. See you soon.

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