The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


August 25, 2013

Obituaries — Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013


Dreama Kay Stewart

Ms. Dreama Kay Stewart, 61, of Beckley, died Friday, Aug. 23, 2013.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

George Curtis Stone

OAK HILL — George Curtis Stone, 75, of Oak Hill, passed away Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013.

Condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Allane Rhoda Carter Young

(b. March 21, 1935, d. August 20, 2013)

“Compassionate Giver, Fun-Loving Spirit, Inspiring Role Model”

Allane lived a life of helping others. This brought her as much or more joy as it did those she helped. Born and raised in Lewiston, Idaho, she began her life of giving by working with her seven sisters at her Mother’s market. There, she learned the importance of a close-knit family and community as they provided food and supplies to all, including Native Americans at the nearby reservation. Her compassion for those less fortunate led her to the field of Nursing and she graduated from the Deaconess School of Nursing in Spokane, Washington, in 1956. This was followed by a 40-year career of helping others who needed it most. She helped across many types of needs including newborns, surgery, post-operative recovery, and cardiac testing. She worked at hospitals, clinics, and even physician offices. Near the end of her career, she became Director of Nursing at the Rainelle Medical Center where she helped start a program for black lung patients. She cared deeply for all the patients she encountered.

Along the way, her desire to help others seemed to grow unbounded. In addition to her nursing career, she taught Special Education in Crichton, W.Va.; worked with children and babies in Bluefield, W.Va., and in Lewiston, Idaho; led two large programs to help mentally and physically handicapped children at the FMRS clinic in Beckley, W.Va.; and began a private school for mentally disabled children in Scarbro, W.Va. For this last effort, Allane was named “Person of the Year” for Fayette County, W.Va., in 1978. Allane became a consummate teacher who especially enjoyed helping children learn.

Allane acquired much of the knowledge she passed to others from reading books. Although she also loved gardening, camping, and listening to bluegrass music, she had an unbridled passion for reading. For several years, Allane worked as a volunteer at the Rainelle public library. She inspired others to share her joy of reading by giving books to everyone she met, from the youngest child to the oldest adult. She gave and gave, and not just books, always seeming to know just what was needed, and often saying this is what she enjoyed most in life — giving.

Allane met her soulmate, Doff Young, while she was in nursing school and Doff was serving in the military, stationed in Spokane, Wash. They married in 1955. Allane is survived by her husband, Doff, as well as their son, Steve Young and his wife Julie of Poquoson, Virginia; their daughter Corinna Foreman and her husband George of Cross Lanes, West Virginia; grandchildren Kelli Alpaugh, Kristi Pruett, Madison Young, Seth Young, Sophie Young, and Jacob Foreman; and four great-grandchildren.

Reflecting on her life, Allane wrote, “With inspiration and comfort from God, and Jesus’ continued presence, Life was a pleasure.”

There will be a celebration of Allane’s life at the Young’s farm in Rainelle, W.Va., on Saturday, September 7, at 1 p.m. All those who knew Allane or the family are welcome.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to HospiceCare, 16016 Kanawha Blvd. W, Charleston, WV 25387-2536.

Arrangements by Cooke Funeral Home.

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