Gwen Young (nee Couch), born in Anthony, KS, and long time Colby resident, suffered a severe stroke on 12/1/07 and passed away the following day in Denver CO.
She was preceded in death by her husband Jeff and son Keane in 1963. Survivors include sons Parker Young and wife Nancy, Leawood, KS, Jeff Young, Jr. and wife Ann, Hays KS, daughter Virginia Gwen Young, of the home; four grandsons, Parker Young Jr. and wife Renee, Matt Young, Ethan Young, Brendan Young: granddaughter Sarah Young; great grandchildren Taylor, Marie and Hayden; and Gwen's beloved friend and companion Dr. Max Pickerill, of Colby.
Gwen believed very strongly in community service. She was a former deacon and choir member of the Presbyterian Church, former member of the Colby Recreation Commission, historian of the Citizen's Medical Auxiliary, Hospice, Inc. volunteer, and member of the Colby Country Club. She also served on the USD 315 Board of Education. She was an Alumna of Annie Wright Seminary for Girls in Tacoma, WA, a member of KU Alumni Association, and a colonizer of the Delta Gamma Sorority at the University of Kansas.
In 1968 Gwen accepted the challenge of founding the bookstore at Colby Community College and managed the operation until her retirement in 1985. She received an honorary Associate's Degree from CCC in 1995.
In addition, Gwen was appreciated and will be remembered for her strong belief in family ties, and her fierce loyalty to both family and friends.
Inurnment will be private. Gwen had requested no public service, so the family plans a reception on her birthday (12/31/2007) so friends and family may celebrate her life and share fond memories. Please plan to join the family sometime between 1 and 3PM Monday, 12/31, at the CCC Fireside Lounge.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Gwen Young memorial Fund, in care of Kersenbrock Funeral Home, or any Colby bank. Since the establishment of Young Memorial Field honoring her husband and son, this has held a special place in her heart. At her request, the memorial fund will be used for a special project at that facility.
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