Mary H. Young, lived 83 years with an enormous heart and an even bigger sweet tooth. It all started with her very specific dream since she was a little girl. She was to marry the love of her life, raise six children and get a St Bernard. In 1958 that dream was to come true when she met our Dad, John P. Young Jr.
With a gorgeous heart and stubborn spirit, she began breaking the mold that was set in the late 60's and early 70's. In 1968 she and our father saw an ad for an outreach program "Fresh Air Program" which united inner city children from NYC to rural CT. The very first little boy, named Craig Nelson, returned every year and eventually became the seventh child in our family. In 1971, she became the first woman in the state of MA to volunteer as an EMT. She thoroughly enjoyed the 13 year heroine "career" that impacted so many lives.
In 1981, our Mary went back to school to continue her life of learning by obtaining her nursing license. She was top of her class and quickly decided she wanted to work with patients who suffered with alcoholism. Never to shy away from a challenge, she started her nursing career at a detox in Worcester, MA. One job in particular that she loved most was working at the residential sober community at Lebanon Pines in Lebanon, CT.
Throughout Mary's life she had a sensational love for sports. Growing up we would regularly have Sunday roasts served during half time of a NY Giants game. A bit later in her sports career the Red Sox were a constant in their home, until she discovered hockey. Admittedly more her "speed" she and my Dad, acquired season tickets to the Whalers and Wolf Pack. Finally settling on becoming a true blue fan of the Boston Bruins.
Besides her career of service to others and raising 7 children, she welcomed all animals. At one point, we counted over 32 animals of all shapes and sizes over the years. Toward the end of her life her two shih-tzu's Becky and Buster, along with her friends and family were her lifeline to companionship and comfort after our Dad passed. Besides our Dad she is predeceased by her two sons, John P. Young III and Craig S. Nelson-Young. She has been reunited in the heavens not only with our brothers and Dad but, also her sister Pat and brother-in-law George Kepler, and daughter-in-law Cindy Young. She leaves behind daughter Paula and son-in-law Patrick McCabe, Tom Young and life partner Judy Hemphill, son Rich and daughter-in-law Cathy Young, Daughters Kathleen and Melissa Young, grandsons Cillian Young and Steven Young.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday October 5th at 11:00 am at St. Margaret Mary Church, located at 80 Hayes Rd, South Windsor, CT 06074. The service will be officiated by Pastor Jorge E. Castro. Friends and family are invited to attend and pay their respects.
A Memorial Tree was planted for Mary
We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at Evoy Funeral Home