Bertha Ann Young passed away on Saturday, Aug. 19. She was 89 years old. Many in the community may remember Young; she was an enduring staple in the community — employed by the city for more than half a century.

Bertha Ann Young passed away on Saturday, Aug. 19. She was 89 years old.

Many in the community may remember Young; she was an enduring staple in the community — employed by the city for more than half a century.

City Manager Justin Erickson said starting her employment with the City of Shawnee in 1948, Young began as an entry-level clerk and progressed through the years as an assistant cashier, Deputy City Clerk, acting City Clerk, and in 1970 was appointed by the Mayor and City Commissioners to become the City Treasurer on Jan. 1, 1971.

Young retired in 1999, serving 51 years.

She served on various boards, including the Oklahoma Municipal Retirement Board of Trustees from 1978 to 2017, making important decisions for the many employees of municipalities all around the State, Erickson said.

After being unanimously approved by City Commissioners this week, the city, as a tribute, has named the commission chambers in City Hall in her honor; it is now called the Bertha Ann Young City Commission Chambers.

“We will be placing appropriate signage in the chambers soon,” Erickson said.

See Young's obituary on Page 4A.