Dorothy M. Young

NEWCASTLE—Dorothy M. Young, 82, of Newcastle, died on her birthday, March 31, 2010, at Chase Point, where she had resided for the past two years. She was born in Ellsworth, the daughter of Winfred and Celia Gilley.


She attended Ellsworth High School and graduated from Machias Normal School. She married Robert W. Young, July 4, 1948, in Ellsworth. They lived in many communities throughout Maine, before settling in Phippsburg in 1962. They resided in Phippsburg until their move to Newcastle in 2000. Dot taught in various school systems throughout the state. She ended her teaching career in public school, to pursue her dream of becoming a full-time mother. Along with motherhood, Dot believed in a strong civic responsibility. She helped create the hot lunch program in the Phippsburg Elementary School, worked with the Phippsburg Cemetery District, Phippsburg Observer, PTA, Phippsburg Sportsmans Club, and Fire Auxiliary, as well as knitting thousands of hats and mittens for children in need throughout the Midcoast community. She was the “go to” person when a celebration needed a decorated cake, or other desserts. She baked baptism cakes for all those welcomed into the church family at St. Philip’s Church in Wiscasset. Dorothy was an avid gardener, sharing her flowers and vegetables with many others. She and her family spent summers camping in a tent on Damariscotta Lake along with their best friends, Paul and Marge Avery, and their children. This is the spot where both families spent the summers together, camping, fishing, boating and enjoying the outdoors. This is also where Bob and Dot moved in later years.

Dot was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Robert W. Young. She also lost her best friend and sister, Marge Avery along with Marge’s husband, Paul. She leaves behind her son, Jonathan R. Young Sr., future daughter-in-law, Beth Cowing Sawyer; daughter-in-law, Linda Young; and grandchildren, Jonathan Young Jr., Melissa Pinkham, Carolyn Carter and Jean Penuel. She was very proud to be a great-grammy to Austin, Racheal, Sara and Brittany. Aunt Dot also leaves nephews and nieces, Joy, Paul, Rob and Diane, along with several friends at Chase Point, especially Afton Haggett. Many thanks to the staff at Riverside, Chase Point, for tending so compassionately to Dot’s needs.

A celebration of Dot’s life will be held at the lake this summer.

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