Lorna Marie Young Barraza was born on August 10, 1950 in Del Rio, Texas to the union of Aresteen Young and Euellen Eythell; she departed this life peacefully on July 6, 2019. She was preceded in death by her biological father, Aresteen Young, mother, Euellen R. Owens, raised and beloved by her dad Argustus T. Owens.
Lorna dedicated over 20 years of her life to Missouri Gas Energy (MGE) where she held many positions during her employment. After retiring in 1996 she didn’t sit still, she continued with her passion in cosmetology and continued to work many jobs in management. She worked for the Kansas City School District at Metropolitan High School and Environmental Services at Menorah Medical Hospital. What she found most rewarding was her management positions at Family Dollar and Dollar General, she loved staying busy, enjoyed working with her staff and talking to her customers.
Lorna enjoyed the simple life, sitting on her porch or at the dining room table doodling on sheets of paper while drinking her coffee. She enjoyed putting big puzzles together and if to hard she would get upset and ask her daughter to figure it out. Playing scrabble was an all-time favorite between her and her mother whom always made up a new word that didn’t exist. She also loved going to the casino with her mother and Elaine Young, she enjoyed her time with them and the laughs they shared, and it was a special bond they cherished. Lorna loved her grandkids she always made sure she had something at the house for them when they came to visit her. Marissa is the only girl and she always talked about how pretty she was and how much she favored her dad. Over her life she took many people into her home wither it was her children’s friends, family or even strangers she gave them all food and shelter, her generosity never ended.
Lorna will be remembered as a devoted mother, and a person who always put the needs of others before her own. She was quick to lend a listening ear and counsel you at any time of the day and wanted nothing in return. She did it because she loved you and wanted to see you at your best. She was a gentle, loving and caring spirit that will be dearly missed.
Lorna leaves to cherish her memories from her first marriage, one son Marcus Martin (LaKisha), one daughter Tamara Manning, one brother Aresteen Young Jr. She beloved all 6 step-children Tiona Farrington of Illinois, Tomecia Johnson of Georgia, Pedro, Juan Jr., Jose’, Christina Barraza of Kansas City; five grandchildren, Terrell, Ernest, Jordan, Marcus Jr., Marissa, Best Friend of over 40 years Joyce Fletcher, and her beloved Tula (dog) and a host of close family and friends.