McGilley & Hoge Johnson County Memorial Chapel

8024 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, KS


Elizabeth H. Young

April 7, 1926July 12, 2019

Elizabeth Hall Young, 93, of Overland Park, KS, passed away on July 12, 2019, at Tallgrass Creek Continuing Care.

Elizabeth was born on April 7, 1926, in Leslie, MO, to Walter Cleveland and Doma Stanley Hall. She grew up in Raytown, MO, raising three children and working as a receptionist at the Raytown Clinic. At the age of 39, she attended UMKC where she received her BA in English Literature and was elected Phi Kappa Phi for academic excellence. She married Dr. Paul R. Young in 1971 and they moved to Columbia, MO. She then attended the University of Missouri where she received a Masters in Community Health and was awarded University Scholar. While attending MU, she worked as a District Consultant for the NW Missouri Hospital Association, writing grants for small hospitals to help them secure Federal funding.

Elizabeth and Paul moved to Omaha, NE, where he assumed the position of Chairman of the Department of Family Practice and she served on the Chancellor’s Resource Group for Public Education. When Paul took a similar position in 1980 for the University of Texas, Galveston, Elizabeth became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family & Community Medicine. While in Galveston, Elizabeth received her Ph.D. in Public Health from the University of Texas in Houston.

In 1988, Elizabeth and Paul moved to Lexington, KY, where Paul served on the Board of American Family Practice and eventually served as President of the Board. Elizabeth took a position of Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine where she taught and served through 2017.

After Paul’s passing in 2016, she continued to work, play piano, play bridge, entertain, and socialize with friends. Elizabeth was always highly respected for her intelligence and knowledge in many areas and her ability to clearly articulate information and opinions. She was always loved for her passion for many things and compassion for many people!

Elizabeth leaves behind three children, David Whitaker (Carol), Liberty. MO, Paul Whitaker (Patti), Overland Park, KS, Peggy Whitaker Smith (Cal), Arvada, Colorado, and four children by marriage, Michael Young (Barbara), Lafayette, Indiana; Susan Young Loyd (Paul), Rockwall, TX; Jean Young Cleary (John), Dickinson, TX; and James Young (Michelle), Omaha, NE. She also leaves 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren. A celebration-of-life event will be held at a future date. Contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.


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Mary Ann Manners

July 26, 2019

I knew Paul and Betty in Omaha. Although Paul hired me Betty took me under her wing. She showed me the town, took me to restaurants, and invited me to their home. She also was a wonderful mentor, advising me of the ins and outs of the Medical Center. They were a sweet, knowledgeable and personal mix. I admired them both for their class, intelligence, kindness and inclusiveness. What a couple! And what a lady!
Mary Ann and Russ Manners

Jennifer (Farrand) Randle

July 21, 2019

Liz and my mother (Rosemary Wilson Farrand) were best friends in high school. After both were married and had children they would get together late in the evenings (after the kids were in bed when they had a few hours to themselves) and sit in our kitchen or, in the summer, sit on the front porch, drink a few beers and trade stories for hours. My sister Melissa and I were in our bedroom (window on the porch) one night and were thought to be asleep, when my mother told Liz that she was pregnant again - I think with my sister Phronsie. We were thrilled and said so, but got in trouble for listening to their conversation. Liz and Paul Young, her fabulous husband (with whom we all fell in love when we met him) would get together with my mother and father whenever they could for dinner out, card-playing, drinks, stories and gales of laughter. I hope they are all doing that in Heaven right now!

William Elder

July 16, 2019

I knew Betty when she was at the University of Kentucky. We worked together for 20 years to teach and apply behavioral science in Family Medicine. Betty was always genuine with me; much good came from knowing her. She was a strong voice and advocate for Family Medicine. She was so kind and supportive when we last spoke. Two more things about Betty. She helped so many patients through challenges and difficulties in life. It was really the main thing she did in the later years and as she had to let go, many patients let us know as they transitioned how much they cared for her. The other thing is that Betty had so many great friends and treasured relationships. I'm sure so many thoughts are on her right now.

Maggie Luoma

July 16, 2019

Betty was a gem. Her office was across from mine and she always could be counted on for words of wisdom, a smile or a kind word. She always told me stories of raising her children and spoke of them frequently with an expression of love. Her direct no nonsense take on work and life was an appreciated approach in a world of chaos. She will be missed.