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April 24, 2002 5:19 am

Edna C. Young

Written by Tribune Staff

(Aug. 17, 1917 - April 23, 2002)

Edna C. Young, 84, long-time Laramie resident, died with grace and dignity in the arms of her sons Tuesday, April 23 at the home of her eldest son, Floyd E. Young, Jr., in Powell.

She was born Aug. 17, 1917, in Longmont, Colo., daughter of Krestian and Bertha Johnson of Karvel, Colo. She married her long-time sweetheart and lifetime love, Floyd E. Young, Sr., in Greeley, Colo., on Jan. 24, 1936. The couple moved to Laramie in 1939 where her husband worked as a fireman for the Union Pacific Railroad and later as an engineer until his retirement.

She loved going to the prairie and collecting rock and artifacts with her three sons, Floyd, Alvin and Steve. She loved to commune with God on the Wyoming prairies, where she and husband Floyd were friends of local ranchers. She collected barb wire, insulators, antiques of all varieties and many railroad relics of the West. The fence at 703 Gibbon in Laramie is testimony to their love of railroading and their collection of western relics.

Survivors include her sons and their wives, Floyd and Virginia Young of Powell, Alvin and Gaela Young of Cheyenne and Steve and Peg Young of Rigby, Idaho; 12 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

An informal memorial service conducted by her sons will be held Friday, May 3 at Montgomery-Striker Chapel in Laramie at 2 p.m. Friends are invited.