The Edmond Sun


May 8, 2014

Nola Young

EDMOND —     Nola Young of Edmond, Okla., was the guiding force of our lives and dearly beloved by all.  She was born in Roanoke, Va., on January 24, 1924 and left this world on May 6, 2014 after a long and amazing life.  Her mother, Leona Rudy and father, Luther Lee preceded her in death by the time she had barely reached the tender age of nine years old.

    Her first marriage ended in divorce but produced her four children.  For Nola, seeing the success of her children in their efforts to grow and become good parents and grandparents was her greatest joy and accomplishment.

    That said, she was also a pioneer in women entering not only the work force but also achieving success at the management level.  In the 1960’s she worked for the electric company in Lawton, Okla., where she managed the home economics department.  There she educated consumers on the value of using electricity for all aspects of the home and was known as the “Redi-Kilowatt Lady.”  Later she went on to become a property manager with both personal and business success.

    She has been a volunteer at many organizations to include the Edmond Historical Society, Red Cross, Girl Scouts and within her church.  Her lifelong affiliation with the Episcopal Church gave her great joy and comfort.

    She lived her life as kind, personable and generous.  When visiting her home there was always a gift or some token in exchange for the joy of your presence.  If anyone ever provided a service worth a thank you such as a receptionist, nurse or hair stylist, she rewarded them with a genuine expression of gratitude as well as a token of appreciation.  She never forgot a holiday, birthday or special occasion.  There would be a phone call, gift, a card or celebration in remembrance of each event.  She was a perfectionist and the home was her pride and joy, decorated with good taste, refinement and the best of quality.  This remained true of her persona, as well throughout her life.  She had an exuberant, jovial personality, a quick wit and could make any occasion a party.  She could dance, sing and always converse with anyone, regardless of their age or station in life.  She found the real true love of her life with Kenneth Young and that love sustained her. The devotion they had for one another is truly heartwarming.  For her family she represents a real “hero” in every sense of the word.

    Nola was a longtime resident of Oklahoma having first moved to Fort Sill in 1950.  Later she met Kenneth Young while in Lawton and they have shared 45 years together as loving and devoted spouses and companions.  They have made their home together in Edmond for the past 30 years.

    Nola is survived by her husband, Kenneth D. Young of Edmond; her daughter, Sharon L. Hutchins and husband Tom of Lawton; her son, Michael C. Maling and wife Jeri of Bethany, Okla.; her daughter, Sammie F. Maling of Harrisonburg, Va., and her son, Robert C. Maling, Jr and wife Kristi of Joshua Tree, Calif. In addition there are eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.  She will be greatly missed by all.

    A service celebrating her life will be at 10:30 AM on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at Crawford Family Funeral Service, Edmond. Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at Ft. Sill National Cemetery, Elgin, Okla.

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