Mary Catherine (Kirtley) Young

October 18, 1925April 30, 2018

Mary Catherine (Kirtley) Young, age 92, of Louisville, died peacefully in her home with her children by her side on Monday, April 30, 2018.

She was born October 18, 1925 in Louisville, KY, grew up in Bardstown, KY and graduated with honors from Bethlehem Academy. She also graduated with honors from Nazareth Junior College and cum Laude from Spalding University (English and Philosophy).

She was a certified graphoanalist with The International Graphoanalist Society in Chicago, IL. A published author, she wrote poetry and short stories, including children’s’ books and a treatise on her scholarship in handwriting analysis. Her hobbies included gardening, music and embroidery.

She is survived by her six children, Mary Macrina Young Peak (Ed), Christopher Young, Timothy Young, Margaret Martin (Dennis), Caroline Flint (Erik) and David Young (Anna); five grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 1:00 PM on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at The Basilica of Saint Joseph Proto-Cathedral, 310 W. Stephen Foster Ave., Bardstown, KY 40004. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Bardstown, KY.

Expressions of sympathy may be made in gratitude to Hosparus or St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church.

Arch L. Heady & Son at Westport Village has been entrusted with arrangements. Please visit to leave a condolence for the family.


  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, May 3, 2018

Mary Catherine (Kirtley) Young

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Sharonrose Zane

May 28, 2018

To the cousin I never got to meet,
May you spend eternity,being joined by loved ones past,may Heaven greet you with beautiful colors,warmth,love, &
music from angels. May God keep you,and shine His light in the heavy hearts that grieve your loss,reminding them we will all see each other again.

Mary Jean Kirtley

May 1, 2018

I have many good memories of my Aunt Mary Catherine. She always welcomed me with open arms and a big smile, followed by a slew of questions about my well being, family and work. She loved a good discussion, and could talk about most anything, often peppering our conversation with bits of Irish wisdom. We spent time together, but it was never enough time. Still, her gentility, kindness and good humor will stay with me always. For that I am grateful.
“Here's to good Irish friends — never above you, never below you, always beside you.”