Pauline Irene Watkins Young, 79, a resident of Washington since 1915 who was active in church and volunteer work, died of congestive heart failure Saturday at Greater Southeast Community Hospital. She had diabetes.

Mrs. Young was born in Calvert County, Maryland, and grew up there.

After moving to Washington, she joined the Hillside Holiness Church and was a member there for about 35 years. About 1951, she joined the Memorial Church of Christ Holiness. There she was president of the Pastor's Aid Club and a member of the Missionary Society, the Senior Usher Board, the Faith Jubilee Gospel Chorus and the Senior Choir.

In 1973, she joined the women's national Evangelistic and Missionary Conference Inc. In addition, she was a member of the United Christian Courtesy Circle. In 1968, she visited Eupore and the Holy Land.

Mrs. Young also was a volunteer at D.C. Village and at the Ruppert Home for the aged.

Survivors include her husband, John Percy Young, whom she married in 1924, of Washington; four daughters, Marion L. Tinsley, Mary Elizabeth Stevens and Theresa L. Roberts, all of Washington, and Antionette Y. Snead, of Upper Montclair, N.J.; two sons, William Albert and Melvin Quinton, both of Washington; a brother, George Butterfield, of Patterson, N.J.; 32 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.