Roxanne Gilmore Young
Roxanne Gilmore Young was born to Walter and Ruby Gilmore in Lockwood, Missouri, on March 8, 1945. She passed away February 12, 2020, at the age of 74, in Branson, Missouri.
She attended Walnut Shade and Branson schools and was salutatorian of the 1961 graduating class at Branson High School. Following attendance at Drury College, she married C. David Young. Roxanne and David moved from Missouri to New York City in the late 1960’s and experienced many big city adventures while working there. Roxanne relocated to Walnut Shade in 2002, where she resided until the present time.
During her lifetime she enjoyed traveling the world, visiting the Caribbean, China, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Poland, Russia, and Spain. Most recently, in 2015, she visited Great Britain with her niece, great-niece, and sister-in law. Her expectation when meeting people was to learn about their lives, interests, and to form friendships.
As an active and enthusiastic community volunteer, Roxanne served as the President of the Taney County Library Board, was a board member of the Bonniebrook Historical Society, was a member of the Forsyth Library Endowment Committee, assisted in securing grants for the library, and regularly volunteered in the library Genealogy room. In addition, she promoted literacy by tutoring non-English speaking residents of Taney County.
A passionate conversationalist, Roxanne loved great debate and practiced it with her family during get-togethers. She was creative in her culinary efforts and prepared exquisite leg of lamb.
She is survived by her brother, Darrell (Kathy) Gilmore; niece, Angela (Tim) Leist; nephew, Mark (Jane) Gilmore; great-niece, Courtney (Jackson) Miller; her faithful companion, Tippy; and many cousins and friends. Roxanne was a remarkable human being and will be fondly remembered and missed by her loved ones.
A memorial is planned for a later date. Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.cremationsoftheozarks.com.