Barbara Young, 71, of Mitchell, died Thursday, February 22, 2018 at her home in Mitchell. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Friday, March 2 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at Servicemen’s Memorial Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Thursday at the Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell with a 7:00 PM prayer service.
Barbara Jean Young was born January 5, 1947 in Northfield, MN to Elmer Arnold and Marion Gladys (Vesledahl) Bothun. She grew up in Northfield and attended St. Olaf College and then Concordia College in Moorhead, MN where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and later received her Master's Degree from Northern State University in 1990. She taught in Kenyon, MN and met Keith Young through a teaching friend. They married on June 26, 1971 and the couple resided in Mitchell, SD. Barb was a substitute and a part-time teacher while her kids were young and went back to full-time teaching later on, teaching Title I at Whittier Elementary School, and Reading Recovery and 1st Grade at LB Williams where she retired in 2008. She continued to volunteer at LB Williams for many years after her retirement.
Barb had such a passion for education and teaching and was a beloved teacher and friend to many. She was also a member of the Philanthropic Education Organization (PEO) Chapter BK for 44 years, where she held various office positions of President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, Guard, and Corresponding Secretary. She had many hobbies including bowling, sewing, reading, and gardening.
Barb was passionate about her children and grandchildren as they were her pride and joy. She proudly attended all of their activities.
Grateful for having shared her life are her husband, Keith Young, Mitchell; two sons, Lee (Cindy) Young, Mitchell, and Justin (Carrie) Young, Mitchell; a daughter, Sarah (Adam) Kaltved, Sioux Falls; eight grandchildren, Alisen and Emmet Young, Samantha and Addison Kaltved, and Richie, Jessica, Abby, and Tyler Trudeau; two great-grandchildren, Adrian and Madilyn Mayer; siblings Sheryl (Greg) Studsdahl, Northfield, MN, Jerry (Jennifer) Bothun, Northfield, MN; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the PEO Chapter, BK.