Betty Young

Betty Jean Gotham Young, or B.J. as she preferred to be called, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed away on Sept. 14, 2012. She was born to Roy and May Gotham on Sept. 28, 1939 in Colville. She attended Colville High School and graduated in 1957. She continued her education at WSU and graduated in 1961 with a degree in Radio and Television. B.J. was an active member and President of her sorority, Delta Gamma. It was in college where she met the love of her life, Larry Young. They were married in 1961 and soon after moved to Selma, Alabama where she taught at Craig Air Force Base. They were then stationed at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, where their two daughters, Kelly and Jennifer, were born. In 1967, they moved to Camarillo, CA, where B.J. lived the rest of her life. B.J. began her career in radio in 1971 and worked at various radio stations in Ventura County (until 1996). Her final position was VP Station Manager of Q105, KKZZ, and KTRO in Oxnard, CA. She loved to travel, paint, read, golf, play piano and, most of all, spend time with her five grandchildren she so adored. She was an active member of Mt. Cross Lutheran Church, where she served as a Stephen Minister until becoming ill with cancer. B.J. had a special devotion to animals and was a member of the World Wildlife Foundation. B.J. was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and May Gotham; and her sister, Louise Gotham Scott. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Larry; two daughters and five grandchildren; two aunts, Lois Neswick of Spokane; Lorraine Citkovich of Colville; and numerous cousins.