Vionne C. Longstreth Young, 89, died peacefully on Thursday, June 4 at The University of Iowa Hospital Palliative Care Center.
Vionne was born in Elma, Iowa to Dr. E. O. Longstreth and Emma Lammers Longstreth. She graduated from Elma High School and went on to earn a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in music at the University of Iowa. Vionne loved music and played the trumpet and piano. She performed with the University of Iowa Scottish Highlanders in various locations, including a trip to Scotland which was a highlight of her college experience.
Vionne married Attorney Albion J Young on a very warm day, July 31, 1955, in Elma, Iowa. The couple made a new life for themselves in Wellman where her husband Albion served as an attorney through 2015. Before having children, Vionne was a teacher and homemaker. After her children were older, Vionne served as a social worker at Parkview Manor in Wellman. She enjoyed being with the residents, bringing joy into their lives with music and story telling.
Vionne was an environmentalist. She believed in the protection of nature and in living lightly on the land. Vionne loved animals. She was a kind woman who advocated for fairness, peace, and human dignity.
Vionne was a member of the Asbury United Methodist Church where she was active most recently on the church flower committee. In the past, Vionne sang in and directed the church choir and the Vespers Choir. She also taught Sunday school and served on various other committees.
One of Vionne's biggest joys in life was flower gardening. She participated in the local Garden Club where she served many years as Secretary. She was an avid tennis player and enjoyed the game, playing with friends and family, and participating in local tournaments.
Both Vionne and Albion loved the game of bridge. Vionne played in the local bridge club and taught beginners how to play the game.
Vionne is survived by her husband Albion; son Robert and his wife Sofia Bertocci and granddaughter Anna of West Windsor, Vermont; son Brian and his wife Janet and granddaughter Allyson and grandson Douglas of Boerne, Texas; Vionne's twin sister Diane Needham of Sun City, Arizona. In addition, she leaves a sister-in-law, Gayle Longstreth of Los Angeles, California, a brother-in-law, John Young and his wife Joy of Shreveport, Louisiana and several nieces and nephews. Vionne was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Langdon Longstreth.
A private Graveside Service will be held on Monday, June 8, 2020, in the Wellman Cemetery. A public visitation will be held from 1:00-3:00 PM on Sunday, June 7, 2020, at the Powell Funeral Home in Wellman. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wellman Asbury United Methodist Church and Planned Parenthood.