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1926 – 2020
On Jun 17, 2020, Mary died of natural causes at the age of 94. She was born and raised with her six Sullivan siblings on Barnaby Street in Balboa. Mary was an athlete, scholar, wife and proud mother of six; nurse at Gorgas Hospital for 19 years, and in retirement became an outstanding quilter. Mary had an upbeat pragmatism, wry humor, and gave unconditional support to her colleagues, friends, and family. She also made a delicious “johnny mazetti”!
Upon graduating from BHS, she went to Columbia University Presbyterian Hospital and graduated top of her class. She returned to Panama and met her husband, Jim Young (who worked at the Plumbing Division and later as a PCC tugboat captain), and became the nurse supervisor of the orthopedic ward of Gorgas Hospital and mentored many nurses.
Mary and Jim raised six kids and many beagles in Los Rios and La Boca, while managing to shop, cook, feed, and care for a family of 8 (and many guests.) The Youngs house was the center of activity and second home for many. In 1981, Mary and Jim retired to Camano Island, Washington to the home they built and resided in until 2019. They travelled frequently to Panama to visit family and murder many bass in Gatun Lake. On Camano Island Mary was active in a quilters club and was the network hub for the Youngs very dispersed extended family.
Mary and Jim were independent spirits, gracious and hospitable to all– telling stories, laughing at jokes and enjoying their lives. Mary was always the nurse and the “hospitality center” for the family.
Mary’s husband Jim passed in 2019. She is survived by her six children, Ellie, Jim, Tom, Mike, Dave, and Frank Young; four grandchildren, Jack Young, Shannon (Young) Martucci, Luis Young, and Brian Young; and three great-grandchildren: Benjamin and Jacob Martucci, and Aren Young.
The Young family is being assisted by Georgia Cremation, 1086 Hwy 54 West, Fayetteville. A memorial service for Mary and her husband Jim is being planned. For more information or to get in touch with the Young family, please contact Georgia Cremation at 770-756-8702.