Kathleen "Kathe" Elder Young, age 76, died in Mesa, Arizona on May 27, 2021. Born in Cleveland, Ohio on June 22, 1944, Kathe was the 1962 Valedictorian at Ben Lomond High School and went on to study Nursing at Holy Cross Hospital and Weber State. Kathe married the love of her life, Richard Young, in 1963. In their 58 years of marriage, they lived in Ogden, Salt Lake, Seattle, and Portland before settling in Las Vegas, Nevada, where they lived for more than 40 years. Kathe loved her family fiercely - she persevered through personal challenges in order to support her children and see them raise families of their own. Kathe loved her grandchildren with her whole heart and took great pleasure in her role as Grammy, especially at Christmas, when she was known to fill an entire room with gifts for the littlest family member. Kathe was also an animal lover, and cared for her pets as family. Kathe will be remembered as someone who always thought about how to make others feel welcome. She was generous in opening her home and heart to new members of the family and put love and effort into ensuring everyone had fun and made good memories. Kathe's favorite vacation locales included Hawaii, San Francisco, and Colorado, where she would often be found with her signature drink, a V.O. Manhattan on the Rocks. Kathe was preceded in death by her love, Richard, who passed just three weeks before her. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Florence Elder, and her son Anthony. Kathe is survived by children Michael (Tammy) and Amanda (Jebb), grandchildren Dillon, Kylie, and Jameson, brother Eddie (Kay), and beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins. Those who wish to celebrate Kathe's life are encouraged to donate to Opportunity Village, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, or their local animal shelter, in her memory. Services will be private.
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Published by Las Vegas Review-Journal on Jun. 6, 2021.