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Louise Young, of Richmond, previously of Kansas City, passed away on Oct. 31, 2020. Louise was born Feb. 8,1927, in Ray County to Virgil and Thelma (Hoover) Kavanaugh. After graduating in 1944 from Stet High school, she began teaching in rural schools, later earning B.S, M.S., and Ed. Spec. degrees from Central Missouri State University. She was a teacher, elementary principal and director of curriculum from 1949 to 1978 in the Hickman Mills school district. Following her public school retirement, she worked in the real estate field. Louise married Morris (Buzz) Young in 1949, and they enjoyed many years of lake outings, trips, and Scottish Rite and Ararat Shrine events until his passing in 1990.

Louise’s interests included travel, ballroom dancing and reading. She made many friends through PEO, AAUW, educators’ organizations and The Red Hat Society. She and Morris were active members of Longview United Methodist Church.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Dee Cavanaugh and brother-in-law, Frank Burnham. She will be dearly missed by her sister, Lois Burnham; nieces and nephew: Lori (Clay) Withers, Kim Gerson and Jeff Burnham; great-nieces and nephews: Garrett (Julie), Abby and Austin Withers, Tyler and Luke Gerson, and Alex and Elizabeth Burnham; and great-great-nephews: Carson, Mason and Cameron Withers. Also special to Louise were her nephews and nieces-in-law: Gary and Marilyn George, Phyllis Malzahn, Mike and Judy Young, Gregg Young, Stephen Goodpasture, Cheryl Goodpasture and Darwin Goodpasture, and their families.

Those who loved her were blessed by her kindness. She truly was a lifelong learner; however, her curiosity and knowledge were surpassed by her generous interest in others, a legacy to carry on.

Because of COVID-19, a private graveside service will be held. The family is grateful to Shirkey Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Shirkey Hospice for their wonderful care.

Memorial contributions to Wayside Waifs are suggested: 3901 Martha Truman Road; Kansas City, MO 64137.