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Kathleen Ione Young

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Kathleen Ione Young died at her daughter’s home May 16, 2019 at the age of 75.

Kathy was born in Parkersburg, West Virginia on January 30, 1944 to Paul and Lorena Place Atkinson. She retired from Oral and Facial Surgery Assoc. in 2001. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church, Smithville, MO and had been a member of Lighthouse Baptist Church, Brownsville, TX for the past 8 years.

Kathy was married to Robert Kent Young on September 7, 1964. Together they had 3 daughters. She is survived by her husband, Kent; daughters Robin (Doug) Whittenburg of Shawnee, KS, Rachelle (Matt) Hirsch of Olathe, KS, and Radonna (Wyn) Barkema of Gladstone, MO. Also surviving are her eleven grandchildren; Brittaney (Chuck) Zhao, Brooklyn (Ryan) Linduff, Brandt (Holly) Whittenburg, Brenden Whittenburg, Jordan Gipson, Nicholaus (Theresa) Gipson, Bailey Gipson, Hayden (Jacob) Salsbury, Layton (Amanda) Barkema, Madelyn (Tyler) Shore, and Clayre Barkema. She is also survived by her eight great-grandchildren; Samuel Zhao, Silas Linduff, Oliver Linduff, Paisley Linduff, Zander Gipson, Lena Whittenburg, Weston Shore, and Josephine Salsbury. She is also survived by her mother-in-law, Betty Young of Topeka, KS.

In addition to children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, she is also survived by two older sisters; Elsie Hunter of Moscow, PA and Sharon Copeland of Cutler, OH, as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, and two brothers.

Kathy enjoyed playing piano and singing, crocheting (especially with her crafters group at Winter Haven Resort), playing board games with her family, and spending time with her great-grandchildren. She enjoyed gardening in her free time, including succulents which she liked to grow in Texas. She also had a love for boxer dogs, owning 6 throughout her life. She passed her love for boxers down to her children. She loved baseball, especially the Kansas City Royals, never missing a game when she could help it.


A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 1, 2019, 2:00 PM at the Faith Baptist Church, 14450 N. 169, Highway,Suite I, Smithville, MO with Pastor Rick Shrader officiating. Early arrival for fellowship is encouraged. There will be a reception at the church following the service.

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in her name to the American Cancer Society at https://www.cancer.org/


  1. Judy Sheets Bainter on May 29, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    My mother, Mary, and Aunt Lorena were sisters and had that same deep abiding faith as did Kathy, with that same sweet, gentle nature. Kathy and I went to church camp every summer and I stayed with her for a week or so. Each morning I would wake up hearing Aunt Lorina singing hymns or whistling while hoeing the garden. She was always in the presence of the Lord as was my mother. I saw that always in Kathy. I only got to see her when she and Kent came to our Place/Sheets reunion but she was always a shining light in my heart throughout the year. My brothers, Danny, David and I will miss her presence on this earth until we meet again on the other side. God give you peace Kent.

  2. Kyle Young on May 23, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    I have many fond memories of Kathy. I well remember exploring the woods around her childhood home in Ohio at their wedding. That beautiful place was likely responsible for much of her character development. I’m especially thankful that she allowed me stay briefly in her and my brothers house after I left Faith Baptist Bible College in 1972, and needed a place to live until I got settled in Johnson County, Kansas. As I got older we had fewer things in common, but what I remember of her today is her bright spirit. John 3:6-11

  3. Deanne Mills on May 22, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    Bill and I are so sorry for your loss of Kathy. First met her on 2nd floor at Calvary Bible College in Kansas City. She became one of our group of friends. Then Bill decided to introduce you to Kathy and that’s the rest of the story. Our love and prayers for the days ahead. Bill & Deanne

  4. Pamela Tucker Renner on May 21, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    This warm and loving family has lost a kind and gracious woman. Kathy and Kent Young were a good example to my generation and to the generations their daughters have raised. Kathy had grace and dignity that rivaled Jacqueline Kennedy. Her smile was authentic and her laugh contagious. She fiercely supported and encouraged her girls to become the vivacious and caring women they are today
    I know it hurts

    Pam Tucker Renner.

  5. ruth pierce on May 21, 2019 at 8:45 am

    Sincere condolences to Kent and all of Kathy’s family.

  6. MARK MOORE on May 20, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    I love Mrs Kathy and brother Kent . I enjoyed worshiping with them. I will miss them leading us in our worship singing. She was kind and a delight to talk to. Amazing Grace will always remind me of her. Our Hearts go out to the family and pray the Lord give you all Comfort during this hard time.

    • Jim and Marlene Webster on May 21, 2019 at 9:29 pm

      We are sorry to hear of the passing of Kathy, but know she is rejoicing in the streets of gold. We remember our close friendship with family when we met in Hayes, KS in 1969. We worshipped together later in KC, KS for four years until we moved. We were delighted to find them again on social media and renew our bond. We are praying for you Kent and all of your family.

  7. Linda Janich on May 20, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    I got to know Kathy just this past year by sitting next to her and Kent on hamburger Thursday at Winterhaven. The last time I sat next to her was in March and we talked quite at length about her cancer and her faith. I was blessed to be able to pray with her. She inspired me by her love and the peace she had. She said she was ready to go home, but she was concerned about her loved ones. God has gained another Angel !! You have our deepest sympathies and prayers.

  8. Lori McCord Reeves on May 20, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    So sorry for your loss, may God give you the peace you need.

  9. DON MAGILL on May 20, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    Kathy was always a sweet person, kind, and caring with a lot of class. When I needed dental surgery it really helped that she was there while I was under and there when I awoke. My wife and I apppreciated that. She was a gracious host of class Christmas parties for Church. Praying for Kent and family.

  10. Melba Gerber on May 20, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    We are so sorry for Kathy’s passing!
    Prayers for all of your family!

    • Teresa (Seay) Berry, Bob and Lois Bear on May 23, 2019 at 8:40 am

      I am so sorry to hear of Kathy’s passing. She was such a sweet and gracious woman as I remember her from Oak Grove Baptist many years ago. My family and I send our love and compassions to Kent and the girls.

  11. Marilyn and Dean Young on May 20, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    We have loved knowing you and send sincere condolences to Kent and your family.

  12. Dave & Ellie Watt on May 20, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Kathy always had such a positive impact on everyone around her. Her Faith in our savior was steadfast. We will miss her so very much. Our sympathy to Kent & the family.

  13. Vance and Marla Pursley on May 20, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    Kathy had such a joyous uplifting aura about her. Even though she was fighting a battle she was positive and had more concerned for others than herself. Kent and Kathy will truly be missed in Winterhaven.

  14. Wendy Rhead on May 20, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    My life was enriched through knowing Kathy. She never complained and stayed positive in spite of everything she faced. Kent and Kathy will be missed in Winterhaven Texas.
    Love snd prayers to the family. I wish I could come to celebrate her life.
    Wendy Rhead

  15. Beverly, Mark and Seth Gordon on May 20, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    Such a special lady! Prayers for peace and comfort for the family.

  16. Peggy Salinas on May 20, 2019 at 11:19 am

    Wish we could be there to celebrate Kathy’s life. Know our love is with all the family

  17. Rhonda Reinhardt on May 20, 2019 at 11:14 am

    I will forever have fond memories of this beautiful, gracious lady. Being friends with her daughter I spent time in her home, riding in her car, as well as being taught and led by her at church.
    She was the epitome of dignity and grace. She had a firm and resolute trust in The Savior and I’m thankful that she is at peace in His presence.
    My prayers and love are with her family as they adjust to life without her here for now.

    • Donna Macneil on May 20, 2019 at 5:26 pm

      I only met Kathy a handful of times during quilting and was so impressed with her soft and gentle spirit. She will be missed.

  18. Teddi and George Mestas on May 20, 2019 at 10:38 am

    Kathy you were an inspiration to all of us at Winter Haven Resort in Brownsville, TX. The many friends you made at the resort will miss you and you Kent – both of you gave such a great outlook on life and your smiles brightened each day.
    Will miss our awesome neighbors, friends and my Bible Study partners. Love you both.
    I feel joy for Kathy and Sorrow for us left behind. See you, if and when I get to heaven, Kathy. Kent, if you ever get to Brownsville, you are always welcome at our house.

  19. Rita barrows on May 20, 2019 at 10:19 am

    Praying for you dear people. She was a very special lady who had tremendous faith. She was an encouragement to me.

    • Judy Bergman on May 20, 2019 at 8:50 pm

      Kathy often joined our quilting group at Winter Haven. The love of Christ was evident through her countenance and actions. She fought the good fight. Well done, good and faithful servant. We will miss you here but know you are with your heavenly Father.

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