Lifelong Sherman County, Kansas resident Vida (Murray) Young, 101, joined her family in eternal life on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at Salina Regional Health Center in Salina, Kansas.
She was born January 1, 1913, at the family home in Sherman County, Kansas, the daughter of Annie (Kolacny) and Percival Murray. Born the fifth child of ten brothers and sisters, Vida was the last surviving member of the Murray family and their spouses. She attended rural Sherman County schools through the eighth grade, and then she worked for a neighbor, helping with cooking, cleaning, and child care.
In September of 1934, she and Vernon B. Young were married at St. Francis, Kansas, and they made their first home in Wallace County, and later renting and eventually owning land in Sherman County, southeast of Goodland, that became their family farm. Vida was a farm wife, balancing her time of keeping the family home, raising children, raising a garden and preserving the vegetables, raising chickens, pigs, and cattle, as well as spending time in the field. After forty years of farming, they moved into Goodland, enjoying gardening and fishing. They were charter members of the Church of the Nazarene in Goodland.
Preceding her in death were her husband Vernon B. Young, who died February 26, 1986; daughter Dorothy Elaine Cibolski and her husband Edwin; son Gale Wendell Young; brothers Jerry Murray and his wife Ethel; Carl Murray and his wife Florence; Ed Murray and his wife Iva; Robert Murray and his wife Delores; Glen Murray and his wife Vera June; sisters Helen Emig and her husband Fritz; Gladys Bohl and husbands Leo Michel and Freddie Bohl; Edith Hrabe and her husband August; Annabelle Brazda and her husband Bill; granddaughter Christine Boswell; great-grandsons Rusty Young and Dusty Young; and step-great-granddaughter Echo Young.
Surviving family includes son Leonard Young and his wife Wilma of Goodland; daughter-in-law Clydene Young of Salina; grandchildren Gale W. Young, Jr. of Salina; Victor Young of Dallas, Texas; Janet Redlin and her husband Chuck of Goodland; Joy Beckner and her husband Wayne of Wichita; Steve Young and his wife Darcy of Weatherford, Texas; Robert Young and his wife Daisy of Vernon, Colorado; grandson-in-law Sidney Boswell of Wichita; eleven great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, and friends.
The funeral will be Wednesday, June 11, at 10:30 AM MT, at Church of the Nazarene in Goodland, with Pastor Robert Willis officiating. Burial will follow in the Goodland Cemetery.
Friends may share their respects on Tuesday, from 3:00 until 7:00 PM MT, at Koons Chapel in Goodland.
Memorials may be designated to Church of the Nazarene, and may be left at or mailed to Koons Funeral Home, 211 N. Main, Goodland, KS 67735-1555.
Online condolences: www.koonsfuneralhome.com