Sep 16, 2021 9:45 PM

Mary Elizabeth 'Betty' Young

Posted Sep 16, 2021 9:45 PM

Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Young, 97, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, September 16, 2021, at Homestead of Auburn, Kansas.  Betty, as she was known to everyone, was born May 5, 1924, in White City, Kansas to Lester and Mildred Dean. She was the second child to this union as her brother Robert was born two years earlier.  In 1936, her parents moved the family to Russell, KS when her father Lester took a job driving trucks for R. C. Williams Trucking.

On September 6,1942, she married the man of her dreams, Lawrence Edward Young, of Russell, Kansas.  This marriage of 70 years produced three sons Robert Kent Young of Shawnee, KS, Alan Kurt (Pamela) Young of Topeka. KS and Stephen Kyle Young of Arivaca, AZ.

Betty was blessed with five grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren and fourteen great, great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lester (1979) and Mildred (1956), her loving husband Lawrence (2012), her brother Robert (1995), and daughter-in-law Kathleen I. Young (2019) who was married to her son Kent.

Lawrence and Betty left Russell and moved to Topeka in 2011 to live with their son Kurt and his wife Pamela.  After Lawrence’s death in 2012 Betty eventually became a resident at an assisted living facility in Auburn, KS where she was living when she passed.

Betty (and Lawrence) were founding charter members of the Bible Baptist Church in Russell, KS in 1950 and her funeral services will be held there in honor of her many years of service to friends and family through the ministry of that church.  In the many years they were members of this church, there was seldom a meal served at the church that Betty was not involved in some manner. 

She touched many hearts and lives in the 60 plus years they attended there, and it is only fitting her funeral services will be held there at 1:00 P.M. on Monday, September 20. 2021.  Visitation will be the day of the funeral service from Noon to 1:00 P.M. at the Bible Baptist Church in Russell, Kansas.  Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell, KS is in charge of the funeral service arrangements. 

If you desire to recognize her life and service you may make a contribution to the Bible Baptist Church, 1421 N. Lincoln, Russell, KS 67665 and indicate it is for the Betty Young Memorial Fund.  The family will coordinate with the church to determine the best use of the funds that are received.