Kay "Katie" Michelle Robley Young Welch Etcitty

October 3, 1959 — February 23, 2013

Kay "Katie" Michelle Robley Young Welch Etcitty

Kay "Katie" Michelle Robley Young Welch Etcitty, 53, of Pleasant Grove, Utah, returned to our heavenly father unexpectedly late Saturday afternoon with her husband by her side. It is thought she developed suppressed breathing and had a seizure. She was taken emergently to American Fork Hospital on February 23, 2013 where her revival was just not possible, despite attempts. Katie was born and raised in San Diego, California. She became an energetic cheerleader for Pop Warner Football, she was on the swim team for the YWCA and this was where her love of riding and jumping horses began. She studied English Dressage at the Parnell School/Riding Academy and later rode at the San Dimas ranch improving her equestrian skills. Katie also loved dancing. When she wasn't doing the latest, she was at Puddingstone Lake and water Sports Park. Katie moved to Utah where her grandmother, the late Rose Devey of American Fork happily encouraged going to the L.D.S. church where Katie became a member. A general love of Indian culture also blossomed, Navajo in particular. Katie made many long drives to the reservation in Arizona where she earned the name of "White Buffalo Woman". She brought much-needed clothes, blankets, over-the-counter medicine and nonperishable food. She also worked for the Utah State Training School for the mentally challenged, and often read to the preschoolers in the American Fork library. This was the job she enjoyed the most, as it was just her nature to smile easily and laugh out loud. She worked part time cashiering at Albertson's market before they closed, then she answered the call of her local elementary school, Pleasant Grove Central Elementary - Home of the Christa McCauliff Space Educational Center, to assist in math tutoring and monitoring the most undisciplined kids, who of which loved her. After that she was able to be what she always wanted a full time mom to her kids. Katie is survived by her husband, Milton "Crazy Horse" Etcitty, her three children Mark (Trina) Young, Brittany Welch, and Dairien Otto, her parents Rose Tucker of Orem, Merle Robley of Las Vegas, her sister Wendy and Russell Cory of Incline Village in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Her Aunt Helen Diels of Murietta, California, Aunt Crystal Gindorf of Amargosa Valley, Nevada and Uncle Ric Devey of Kehi, Hawaii. A private family viewing will be held in Draper, Utah, this Thursday February 28th at 3 PM. Friends and family are welcome to attend a memorial service that will be held on Friday March 1st at 6PM at the First Baptist Church of Pleasant Grove.
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