Barbara Young


January 5, 1947 - February 22, 2018


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. 



Thursday, March 1, 2018
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
7:00 PM Prayer Service

Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, SD 57301


Friday, March 2, 2018
10:30 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
222 N Kimball St
Mitchell, SD 57301


Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Mary Kay McNary on March 4, 2018
KEITH and family, Norm and I want your entire family to know how sad we were to hear about Barb'a passing. It has been six years since we last saw her at my mom's in Mitchell with aunts LaVonne and Ginger. It was such an enjoyable evening that we spent together talking about our families and bygone memories. We feel fortunate to have been able to do that. Barb was so easy to talk with and she will be remembered for all of her contributions to her family, students, colleagues etc. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Keith and all of your family. You have our deepest sympathy.
Posted by Suzie Loomis on March 1, 2018
So sorry for your loss. I have great memories as a child visiting Keith and Barb.
Posted by Kara Assid (Loomis) on March 1, 2018
Missing Aunt Barb so much already. Admired her as she didn’t waste a chance to make a difference in the lives of others. She was truly an encouragement to me in many ways.
Posted by Virginia Wishard Lambert on February 27, 2018
I first met Barb when we moved to town and I volunteered at LB Williams. She radiated kindness and compassion to everyone she came into contact with. What an amazing spirit she had. Prayers to all of you.
Posted by Theresa (Walsh) Fink on February 27, 2018
So sorry for your loss. Barb was such a pleasant person to visit with, especially when I first moved to town. Thoughts and prayers to your family.
Posted by Jan Quenzer on February 27, 2018
Barb B was such a loving person. She always put her family and others before herself. I will miss Barb. My deepest sympathy to her family.
Posted by Deb Platt on February 26, 2018
What a kind and gentle soul! She will be so missed! My thoughts and prayers are with all of her family!
Posted by Cindy Hockett on February 26, 2018
My sympathy to your family with your huge loss. I was in a Bible Study with Barb, what a sweet special lady Barb was.
Posted by Judy Olson on February 26, 2018
So sorry for your loss, Barb was a very special person. I was honored to know her🙏🌹
Posted by Bradley Boyle and Raisa Torres on February 26, 2018
Uncle Keith and family our prayers are with all of you in this moment of grieving. Fly high Barb and rest in peace! You will be missed!
Posted by Becky Roth on February 25, 2018
Barb was such a kind woman. She had such a beautiful giving heart.. Our world will miss her dearly. Thinking of all of her beloved family and friends during this extremely sad time of her passing. All of the LBW Family is mourning her loss.
Posted by Barb E. Young on February 25, 2018
Barb was my friend for nearly 50 years. I loved her like a sister.
Posted by Colleen DeJong on February 25, 2018
Sorry for your loss. Barb always had a smile and a hello for everyone she met. Know Barb from Whittier and Church. Rest in Peace.
Posted by Theron Foss-Homeier on February 25, 2018
My deepest sympathy to Barb's family and friends I worked with Barb in her first years of teaching in Kenyon, Minnesota. I was her student aide.
She was a great teacher and friend..
God bless you and keep you Barb, 🙏🏻💕
Posted by Theron Foss-Homeier on February 25, 2018
My deepest sympathy to barb's family and friends I worked with barb in your first year teaching it can you Minnesota
Posted by Loretta Asbenson on February 24, 2018
I had the privilege of working with Barb in the Mitchell School District. She had a heart of gold and always a gentle smile. She loved teaching the children. I am so sorry for your loss. She will be greatly missed. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Loretta Asbenson, Prescott, AZ
Posted by Sue Strand on February 24, 2018
Thoughts, prayers and sympathy to all of Barb's family. I worked with her at LB Williams. She was loved by her students and colleagues!
Posted by Donna DeNure on February 24, 2018
Barb was an absolutely wonderful colleague and friend. She truly found her calling as a Title I and Reading Recovery teacher
and thoroughly loved her job and her students. She always went the extra mile for them and their families. Nobody really knows how many children’s books Barb owned, let’s just say it was a “considerable” amount. :) My deepest sympathy to her family. She will be missed by her Whittier and LBW families, too. May she Rest In Peace in the arms of the angels.
Posted by Connie Carter on February 23, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I taught with Barb at LBW and shebwas such a fantastic teacher, friend, and caring person. She taught and loved each student as if they were her own children. Her life has touched so many. She will be greatly missed. Connie Carter; Memphis, TN
Posted by Dan and Diane DesLauriers on February 23, 2018
So sorry for your loss. Barb was truly a wonderful person! Take care
Posted by Deanna Hall on February 23, 2018
Keith and family, my prayers are with your family as you grieve the loss of Barb. She was such a wonderful wife, mother, grandma and friend. I will really miss her at our Retired Teachers’ lunches and our PEO meetings. She was such a giving person with a strong faith.
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