Marilyn Frances Young


With deepest sadness yet hope, we announce the home going of Marilyn Young, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. Marilyn was born into a Pastor’s home in Killam, AB and was raised in Ontario where she in turn raised her family. She served in a number of church-based ministry settings as well as acting as an administrator for a long-term care facility in Toronto. In 2008 she married Herman Young of Edmonton and returned to Alberta.

She is survived by her husband Herman, sons Craig (Wendy) Burton, Richard (Sandra) Burton, and daughter-in-law Melanie Burton, of ON, brothers William (Verna) and Richard (Charlote) McPherson of Boston, MA and Portland, OR respectively, and sister Carol-Anne (Eero) Ojala of Victoria, BC. Her Edmonton family includes, Sandra (Larry) Alexander, Julie (Dave) Wood, and Rob (Camille) Young. She was predeceased by her son Les Burton in 2007.

Marilyn was also blessed with 15 grandchildren: Laura (Mark), Scott (Micaela), Emily, Matthew (Kyla) Kristen, Mitchell, Nick, Maddie, Cindy, Stephanie, Mark, Chelsea (Armin), David (Cayley), Robert, Reese; and one great grandchild, Joy.

She delighted in being actively involved in their lives, taking a personal interest in each one. From cold hockey rinks to Sunday meals, a chance to spend time with Grandma/Nana was always special.

Throughout her life, Marilyn was involved in her home churches, ministering recently in the areas of Griefshare and ladies Bible studies. As a servant leader and people person, she noticed others and often invested in them in practical and Godly ways. She had a great sense of humor and would often see the lighter side of serious situations.

Marilyn enjoyed spending over 75 summers at the family cottage in Cobourg on Lake Ontario  at Lakeshore Pentecostal Camp.

The family would like to acknowledge the exceptional care and devotion of the doctors and nursing staff at the Devon General Hospital.

She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

A Visitation with viewing will be held on Friday, January 17, 2020 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Serenity Funeral Service – South, 5311 91 Street NW, Edmonton. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Gideons at

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5311 91 Street
Edmonton, AB T6E 6E2

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Andrea Hadley Ruigrok

Marilyn and her boys Les and Rich Burton attended the same church as I did back in the 1980’s at Northview in Peterborough. She was also a friend to my mother Eva, both divorced at the time.
I became reacquainted with Marilyn in 2014 at our Griefshare course. I had just lost my 21 year old son and she was my first leader. She was a wonderful support and extremely caring lady. She greeted me warmly every time we saw each other .
What a beautiful service for Marilyn yesterday. My deepest condolences to all the Burton and Young family . She will be dearly missed by our church community.❤️

Fern Bath

To the Burton family and extended family:
You have been in our thoughts and prayers, Even though we know our loved ones are completely well and reunited with precious loved ones, we face the challenge of having to carry on this earth without them. There will be a void until we meet again in heaven. We know that only God can see us through.
Love and hugs,
Fern Bath, Kingston, Ont

Wally & Ruth MacLean

We were saddened to hear of Marilyn’s passing. Praying that God will sustain and comfort you and your families at this very difficult time.

Wally and Ruth MacLean

Ruth Calyn

My deepest sympathy to Richard, Craig and extended families.
May the Lord wrap in arms of love and comfort during this time of sorrow.
Sending much love and hugs.
Ruth Calyn

Heather Peacock

She was a lovely woman who met the challenges of life with faith and grace. When I was going through a tough time in my life, the touch of her hands brought healing – I could feel the love of Christ in her touch. I carry the memory of her healing hands to this day.

Beth Lawton

Craig, Richard & Family; You have our deepest condolences. Your Mom was a gem who brightened any occasion with her warmth and humour. I know your memories will be full of all the joy she brought to your lives and countless others. Such a light.
Beth & Eric Lawton

Garry E. Milley

So saddened by this news. We knew and loved your mom. May the Lord grant you comfort and peace.

Garry and Christine Milley

Bill & Karan Twyman

Herman and all the family…..
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Bill & Karan
Pinehurst, NC

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