Revered advocate for children laid to rest in Bridgeport

News 12 Employees

03 Jul. 2021, 10:36 PM

Updated on: 03 Jul. 2021, 22:36

A respected Connecticut matriarch was laid to rest in Bridgeport on Saturday.

Leola Young, who died of cancer at age 63, was commemorated at a funeral service at the East End Baptist Tabernacle.

Mourners tell News 12 that her record of passionately advocating for children with disabilities was inspired by the story of her own daughter, 28-year-old Sarafina Young. Sarafina says her mother has helped countless people in need during her decades of service to the Bridgeport community.

“She was the definition of ‘not a child left behind,'” she said. “My mother wanted every child to have equal opportunities. Just because a kid didn’t live in a better part of Bridgeport, she wanted them to have the same resources.”

She spent ten years at LaFayette Bank, then devoted her career to working with adults with special needs. sen. Richard Blumenthal called Young’s advocacy for those in need downright heroic.

Young’s family is promoting a month to inform the minority organ donor in memory of Young, who herself had a heart transplant.

Young was a Sunday School teacher who also sang in the church choir.

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