Nora Fleming Young was born January 6, 1935 to Thomas Francis Fleming and Isabella Campbell Fleming in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. She was their youngest surviving child and was preceded in death by both her parents, all of her siblings and her husband, Harry Walter Young.
It was Nora’s wish to not have the date of her passing commemorated, but to be remembered in her favorite season, Spring. Having lived most of her life in the subarctic, Nora’s favorite day of the year was the Vernal Equinox.
Nora will be remembered by her family as a warm, irreverent and compassionate person who always had a book in her hand. Starting in her childhood Nora made a point to learn something new every day. While other girls had crushes on performers, Nora had one on Albert Einstein.
Nora had a lifelong love of creative writing, with literature, history, technology and nature being her favorite subjects. She greeted every new bud that popped its head up, reaching for the sun. Nora delighted in all living things; a beautiful flower, 4-legged companions of all types and people of any age or background.
Nora pursued a higher education, both summa cum laude and magna cum laude, eventually earning her doctorate while working full time in various state and government positions. She continued progressing ultimately becoming both mentor and professor to those who sought to learn as well. Nora eventually opened her own counseling practices while in Fairbanks, Alaska, Sedro Woolley, Washington and Prescott, Arizona.
It was Nora’s humor and honesty that resonated in her writings, short stories and life.
Though Nora accomplished many of her personal and professional goals she ultimately wished to be remembered for her curiosity, love of debate and her willingness to help others. There was nothing that a warm cup of tea could not make better. Like her sister, mother and grandmother before her, Nora would make sure no one left her home hungry or thirsty.
Nora first came to the United States in 1952, along with her mother, to visit her eldest sister, Judy Walker of St. Louis, Missouri. Nora travelled much of the U.S. and eventually met Harry Young while working in Los Angeles, California. They married in Las Vegas, Nevada on Feb. 5th, 1955 and came to live in Northwest Washington to be near his family. They eventually spent many years in Alaska before returning, once again, to the Skagit Valley.
Nora is survived by all three of their children: Harry Scot Young (Kenna) of Arizona, Byron Leigh Young (Norma) of New Hampshire and Erika Anne Ernst (Rolf) of Idaho: her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Nora dealt with several health issues for many years and credited technology with enabling her to live longer than she, herself, ever expected. Unfortunately, after a brief hospitalization, Nora unexpectedly passed away, October 27th, 2018 in the early morning, while living with her daughter and son-in-law.
Before the first snowfall, with a sunny day ahead of her… holding the promise of learning something new.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Cornelison Funeral Home, 431 N. 15th Ave., Pocatello. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.cornelisonfh.com