Dorothy's Story

WINTERPORT - Dorothy Pauline (Drake) McEwen Young, 89, beloved wife of the late Eugene (Gene) Albert Young, died peacefully on Friday, June 20th, 2014, surrounded by her loving family, at St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor after a very long struggle with heart problems. She was born May 12, 1925 in Montague, now known as West Enfield, Maine, the daughter of George Columbus and Rossie Hannah (Aldrch) Drake. After her Mother died, when she was only 10 years old, her father and her older sister Effie raised her.

Dorothy and Gene both came from large hard working families and neither had finished high school, so when Gene wanted to earn his diploma they decided to go together. Dorothy was very proud that they went back to school and earned their diploma together. Dorothy had many interests and loves in her life. She was an avid reader, enjoyed search a word games, gardening, family craft nights, playing games, bowling and knitting, making many dolls and afghans for her family and feeding the birds. Before getting married she worked at the wood mill in Howland, the shoe shop in Old Town and then at the Maine State Hospital.

She was married on May 12, 1947 in Old Town by Rev. A.G. Christopher. She raised her family, as a stay at home Mom, until she moved to Frankfort in the early 1960s. When all of the children went to school, she went to work at the Frankfort General Store, working in the snack bar and as the cashier. She then, worked at the hatchery "Clement Chicks" in Winterport where she would "de-beak" baby chicks. She also worked at Truitt Brothers Shoe Company in Belfast. After her son Gregory passed away in 1972, she and Gene moved to Florida where she began working as a cashier at a chain of "Shop N Go" stores. Dorothy worked her way up the ladder to become a manager for the chain in her area and traveled many miles. She loved the line of work and enjoyed the people.

Dorothy joined a bowling league and enjoyed the competition. She loved dressing up for Halloween, loved Christmas, birthdays, and any fun party. She belonged to a senior citizen group in Florida where she met many friends. She loved all the crafts they did and she loved the days that they played Bingo. She loved to make cards, stamping them out and coloring them with her special pencils. She would take everything to make cards to the senior center and demonstrate how to make one and help each person make their own card. She kept in touch with the seniors through her friend Kathy Casey after returning to her home in Maine in 2005. Dorothy was also known as Mom, Mama, Dot, Dottie, Aunt Dot, Gram, Gram Young, Grammy or Grammy Young. Every newborn in the family became her baby. She loved to cuddle and give hugs and kisses to all of the babies. She loved them and they loved her. To say that Dorothy loved her family would be an understatement. She would go out of her way to make each member feel happy and special. She held a DRAKE YOUNG Family Reunion for the last 40 years, bringing together many generations of both families to enjoy a wonderful, fun-filled day. It was something that she looked forward to each year. Due to Dorothy's illness it had to be canceled this year but we will continue the tradition next year with her and Dad looking down, smiling at us.

Dorothy is survived by her children and their families, DeLoris (Lorrie) Ann (McEwen) Drew Harrison of Stockton Springs, her children David Harrison and wife Rhonda, Teri, Natalie and special friend Marsha Shute; Bonnie Rae (McEwen) Quigley Veinote of Newburgh, her husband Gene, daughter Lisa, her husband Michael, stepchildren Peter Quigley, his wife Lisa, Cathy Cook, her husband Kenneth, Gregory Veinote, his wife Rebecca, daughter-in-law Rose Kinsella, her husband Tom; Gene Craig Young of Alabama, wife Christine and children Thomas, Mark, Tracy Foushi, and Jill Pelkey Foster; Amber Joy (Young) Philbrick of Winterport, husband Jerry, children Jerry II, his wife Julie, Gregory, his wife Toni, Sheryl and her special friend Matt; Larry Lynn Young of Winterport, wife Christine, children Timothy, his wife Denise, Jennifer Cimino, her husband Jack, and Chelsea; and Lanny Jay Young of Florida, wife Kathy, children Tanya Guyer Mendez and Jason Guyer, his wife Tiffany. Dorothy's great grandchildren: Sarah, Micah, Hannah and Noah Valliere, Rachel and Jorden Foushi, Zack, Nick, Logan, Alan, and Chaney Philbrick, Lee Graham Philbrick, Samantha and Mason Young, and Emma Cimino, Eddie Harrison, Allison and Valerie Veinote, Amanda and Justin Burpee, Derick Terrill and Amanda (Terrill) Batchelder, Kristen Cook, Kyle Veinote, Erica (Veinote) Gower, Lindsey Kinsella, Myron and Michael Torrey, Taylor and Samatha Foster, Shyanne and Keanu Mendez, Madison, Adrianna and Reilly Guyer. Seven great great grandchildren: Chase Terrill, Dakota, Kaylea and Colby Batchelder, Sophi and Benson Veinote, and Josh Gower. Sister-in-laws Connie Drake, Iris (Young) Miller, brother-in-law Ernie Miller. Dot had many special nieces and nephews too numerous to mention, but loved every one of them. She will be remembered and missed by her very dear friends Elaine Gray, Floyd Smith, Sammy Storman, Vera Dyer, Billy and Barbara Jean Albriton, Alice Bodkins, Ruth Fields, Arlene Martin, Phyllis Ricker and Kathy Casey. She was predeceased by her father George, 3/7/1966, her mother Rossie, 4/2/1936, her beloved husband of 45 years, Gene, 11/18/1992; sons Gregory Charles 9/30/1972; Mark Wade 5/29/1952; a granddaughter Emily Suzanne Harrison, 5/12/1980, granddaughter Sabrina Harrison; grandson Randall Gene Veinote; siblings, Leola Estella (Drake) Smith McGregor; Edith Adeline (Drake) Umbro; Ruth Frances (Drake) Getchell Porter DeWitt; Ardie George; Thelma Drake; Effie Mae (Drake) Kennedy; Horace Lynn; Wayne Alton; Clarice Elaine (Drake) McMullen; brother in laws, Gibson (Smith) Budge; Howard McGregor; Joseph Umbro; Joseph Getchell; Charles Porter; Leroy DeWitt; Ernest Kennedy; and Cedric (Mac) McMullen; sister in law, Lillian Grant Drake; Lorrie and Bonnie's father, Raymond George McEwen.

The family would like to thank Dr. David Rocker of PCHC in Winterport, for his care of their Mom. She loved the way he was so patient, honest, thoughtful and caring, and always there when she needed him. They would also like to thank the staff at St Joseph's Hospital, especially Darci Lane for her care and helpfulness to the family, the staff at EMMC and the staff at the Maine V. A. Home for the wonderful care of their Mother.

Graveside services will be held at Lawndale Cemetery, Stillwater Ave., Old Town, ME, on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 at 11 a.m. followed by a time of remembrance to celebrate the life of Dorothy. Please join us at the home of her niece, Hester LaBree, 464 Gilman Falls Ave., Old Town, Maine. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

Love you tomorrow and every tomorrow after that...and we can hear the whisper in the wind of ...and every day after that. Drive safely.
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