Diane K. Young, 62, passed away Friday (Oct. 26, 2018) at Highland Hospital in Rochester, following a lengthy illness.
Mrs. Young was born on July 23, 1956 in Niagara Falls to Homer and Winifred (Shurr) Houck. She was a 1974 graduate of La Salle Senior High School in Niagara Falls. On June 28, 1997 she married Dave L. Young, who survives.
Diane worked for Allegany Arc in Wellsville for 29 years. She most recently held the position of Community Services On-site Facilitator until her retirement in August of 2018 due to health concerns.
In addition to her husband of 21 years, Diane is survived by one brother, Mark (Jean) Houck of Rochester; an “adopted son” Dan (Megan) Stanton of Wellsville; an “adopted grandson” Ryker Stanton of Wellsville; one sister-in-law, Nancy (Gary) Harris of Pine Hurst, N.C.; four nieces and nephews, Josh Houck, Anna Houck, Jordan Harris and Alexa Harris; and her large extended family of co-workers at Allegany Arc.
Diane was an avid crafter. She enjoyed crocheting and knitting baby blankets and booties to give as love gifts for the many babies she encountered in her large circle of friends. She enjoyed going to craft shows as a favorite pastime as well as getting new ideas for her own creative gift ideas. Diane had a large collection of dolls that she proudly displayed throughout her home. Additionally, she was a lifetime lover of animals, especially dogs.
In her younger days, Diane and her husband enjoyed camping together. Some of their favorite memories were the times spent in Ogdensburg and 1000 Islands fishing, boating and touring the Eisenhower Lock at Massena on the Saint Lawrence Seaway. In the words of her husband, Diane was “wise beyond her years” and “she made me a better person”. As a further tribute, Dave affectionately called his wife “the sweetest person he knew”.
To sum up Diane’s life, she had the heart of a caregiver, both at work and at home.
Visitation will be on Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Baker-Swan Funeral Home, 3256 Riverside Drive in Wellsville. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor. Elva Cornell of the Allentown United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow in Fairlawn Cemetery in Scio.
Memorial contributions in Diane’s name may be made to SPCA Serving Allegany County, PO Box 381, Wellsville, NY 14895.