Kathleen K. Young passed away peacefully on April 12, 2012 with her daughter Jennifer and loving caregivers at Lighthouse Homes by her side in Anacortes.
She was born in Littlerock, Arkansas on September 6, 1924 to Brian and Lila Killion on the family farm. Kathleen’s mother died at 27, leaving her and her sister Mildred to be raised by their grandparents. As a teenager Kathleen moved to California and at age 17 married her first husband who she had two children with — Jack and Diane Hartnett.
Kathleen worked as a waitress serving wounded soldiers at a hospital in Monterey, Calif. It was here that she met her second husband, Harry Young, and married him when she was 21. They lived for a time in Riverside, CA then moved to Bremerton, where Harry worked at the Navy Shipyard.
In 1948 Harry was approached with a welding job available in Whitehorse, Yukon. Pregnant with their first child, the adventurous couple packed up and moved north. They had their daughter Sharon there then re-located to Haines, Alaska where they spent 30 wonderful years. In 1958 their second daughter, Jennifer, was born.
Kathleen had an adventurous spirit who loved spending time exploring the outdoors, gardening, and enjoying her family and friends. After Harry’s retirement in 1971 they moved with their daughter Jennifer to Guemes Island in Anacortes. The family lived fully and continually struck out on some new adventure in their camper; to which Kathleen would say with enthusiasm — “On the road again!”
Kathleen and Harry moved off Guemes to Anacortes in 1977 after their daughter graduated and returned to Alaska. A few years later she returned to live in Washington with her son Aaron and he was able to spend many summers with his grandparents which have become some his most cherished memories. Kathleen gave selflessly and with much love which Aaron considers vital to forming who he is today.
After 50 years of marriage, Kathleen lost her beloved husband in 2001. She continued to enjoy the outdoors and spending time with her family until close to the time of her passing. She is survived by her children Jennifer Young of Anacortes; Sharon Svenson of Haines; and Jack Hartnett of Santa Rosa, Calif..
A celebration of her life will be held later this year by her family and close friends where her wishes to have her ashes scattered in Anacortes will be honored.
Kathleen was a loving mother, grandmother, wife and friend who we miss dearly but our memories will live on. Rest in peace.
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