Lois A. Young
Lois A. Young, descendant of a Kittitas Valley pioneer family and nearly lifelong resident of the area, died Tuesday, January 13, in Yakima. She was 94.
Born October 24, 1920, in Ellensburg, she was the only child of William F. and Elizabeth (Dixon) Erickson.
Following graduation from Ellensburg High School as salutatorian of the Class of 1937, she attended Central Washington College of Education, majoring in chemistry. After completing her degree, she worked in the paper, dairy and health care fields. She and Maurice Young were married on January 13, 1945. They settled in the Denmark district south of Kittitas to farm and raise their family.
Lois was an active volunteer in community projects and organizations including the Kittitas County Historical Society and Museum, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program/Ellensburg Senior Center, the Kittitas Public Library, the Clymer Museum and Gallery, and numerous Kittitas School District functions. She also loved traveling, and was happy to have visited all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, Canada and Mexico.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Maurice. She is survived by three daughters, Linda Moncrief (Dan) of Yakima, Mary Young-Ness (Richard) of Ellensburg and Melissa Metzler (Michael) of Maple Valley; two grandchildren, Don Moncrief and Deborah Metzler, both of Ellensburg; nephew Douglas MacArthur of Ellensburg, and several other nephews and nieces.
A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Monday, January 19, at the IOOF Cemetery, 1900 Brick Road. Reception to follow at The Elmira, 117 E. Fourth Ave. Arrangements were by Brookside Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest, the Kittitas County Historical Museum, or Kittitas County Friends of Animals.