A celebration of life service for Mrs. Mary Ellen Saunders Young, 74, was held at 2 p.m., Monday, June 17, at Aiken First Baptist Church, with the Rev. Ronnie Brewer officiating. Interment will be private.

Mrs. Young entered into rest Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Pepper Hill Nursing Facility in Aiken, S.C. She was born in Wilmington, and had made Aiken her home since 2017. She was the wife of 23 years to the late Mr. Charles Madison Young, and a daughter of the late Mr. Henry Franklin Saunders Sr. and the late Mrs. Alice Moore Saunders. Mrs. Young was a 1968 graduate of Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, with a B.A. in Elementary Education. She taught school in the McDowell County public school system for 14 years. Mrs. Young was a member of the First Baptist Church of Aiken, where she sang in the choir and was a member of the Truth Seekers Sunday School Class. She enjoyed singing, crocheting, and sewing.

Survivors include one daughter, Sarah Lynn Young of Aiken; one brother, Cleve Saunders of Wilmington; one sister, Peggy Musselwhite of Raleigh; one grandchild, Patrick Truman Young-Grady of Aiken. She was predeceased by a son, Charles Steven Young; and one brother, Henry Franklin Saunders Jr.

The family has suggested that memorials be made to the ALS Association South Carolina Chapter, Parklane Centre, 7499 Parklane Rd., Suite 144, Columbia, SC 29223.

Cole Funeral Home of Aiken is serving the family, 803-648-7175. Please sign the online obituary at

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