Kathryn L. Young, a beloved mother, wife, beautician, and devoted family historian, passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 21, 2024. She was born on May 9, 1959, in Sutton, West Virginia, to Robert and Catherine Wooten.
From an early age, Kathryn had a passion for beauty and helping others feel their best. After graduating from high school in June 1977, she pursued her dreams by obtaining a cosmetology license. This marked the beginning of her successful career as a beautician. Throughout her professional journey, Kathryn worked at the Hoover Company for 20 years and later at Infocision for 16 years. Her commitment to her craft and dedication to her clients earned her the respect and admiration of all who knew her.
Kathryn was known not only for her talents in the salon but also for her kind and giving nature. She possessed a remarkable ability to connect with people on a deep level and always went out of her way to make others feel loved and valued. Her friends and family remember her as a person with a heart overflowing with compassion.
Family played an essential role in Kathryn's life. She was truly family-oriented and found joy in spending time with her loved ones. In addition to raising her child—Fred (Angie) Young III—Kathryn took great pride in being involved in the lives of her grandchildren: Aaliyah, Aalexa, Israel, Anna, Lael, as well as her four great-grandchildren whose smiles always brought light into her world.
One of Kathryn's proudest accomplishments was developing an extensive family tree that encompassed not only her own lineage but also that of her beloved husband Fred Young Jr. She invested hours upon hours uncovering the stories of their ancestors with unwavering dedication. This labor of love meant the world to Kathryn as she believed that understanding one's roots was vital for fostering a strong sense of identity and belonging within her family.
Outside of her professional and genealogical pursuits, Kathryn was a faithful member of her church community. She found solace and strength in her faith, and it was through her involvement in the church that she formed lasting connections with like-minded individuals. Kathryn's unwavering faith provided her with guidance and gave her comfort throughout her life's journey.
In addition to her husband Fred Young Jr, who stood by her side for decades, Kathryn is survived by her mother Catherine Wooten, half-brothers Oliver and Gregory Wooten, sister Mary Moore (Darryl), and her dear grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They will forever cherish the memories they shared and the love she showered upon them.
Kathryn L. Young's departure has left an indescribable void in the lives of those who knew and loved her. Her giving spirit, kind heart, unrelenting perfectionism, and dedication to family will forever be ingrained in their hearts. As we mourn the loss of a remarkable woman, let us also celebrate the legacy she leaves behind—a legacy marked by love, kindness, and an unwavering commitment to uplifting others. May her soul find eternal peace as we fondly remember the beautiful life she lived.