Katherine Mae Young

Katherine Mae Young

PENDLETON - Katherine Mae Young, 93, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, at St. Anthony's Hospital in Pendleton. Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16 at Burns Mortuary.

Family members will read from the Baha'i Sacred Writings, share Katherine's life stories and enjoy live and recorded music. The mortuary service will be followed by grave site prayer at Olney Cemetery.

Mrs. Young was born on an Idaho homestead, one of eight children. Her father was a landscape architect and her mother was a teacher and writer in Selah, Wash. She and her husband, Merlin Young, moved to the Pendleton area in 1943, where he was the office manager for Morrison-Knudsen Construction Company.

Katherine served on many local organizations, including the PTA, Toastmistress, and the Pendleton Municipal Election Board. She was secretary for the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Pendleton for 40 years, a member of the District Teaching Committee of the Baha'is, and was twice elected delegate to the National Convention of the Baha'is of the United States. She helped establish the fourth Baha'i Assembly in Oregon and the local Baha'i Center in southeast Pendleton. Her home gardens are listed on the Pendleton Walking Tour.

Mrs. Young is survived by her children Barbara of Kelso, Wash., Ruth of Pendleton, Richard of Tenino, Wash., David of Medford, and Bill of Pendleton; sister Marietta Unternahrer of Pendeton; brothers Dr. Kenneth Hanford of Bakersfield, Calif. and Dr. David Hanford of Boise, Idaho; 19 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Katherine M. Young Memorial Fund in care of Burns Mortuary, P.O. Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801.

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