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Obituary: Louise S. Young Dies

Louise S. Young was born in Minneapolis in 1922, she grew up in Portland, Ore., where she attended Lincoln High School and Reed College and was active in the Unitarian Church. Louise married Robert L. Young of Nantucket, Mass. in 1947 and moved to Vershire, Vermont where she founded with husband, Robert L. Young an economic cooperative that included the local saw mill, maple syrup company, and local weaving cooperative. She raised her three children on Meadow Lark Farm.

In 1954 she and Robert Young moved their family to Nantucket, Mass., home of the Harvey A. Young family. There she worked as a reporter and copy editor of the local paper, The Town Crier, which was fiercely positioned against bigotry, prejudice, ignorance, and injustice. On Nantucket, she was active in the Unitarian Society and the Nantucket School Board.

In 1960 she moved to what is today known as the Tauxemont Historic District, a cooperative community south of Alexandria. When her children were in grade school, she continued her education and earning a Masters in Counseling Education from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Divorced in 1972 Louise remained in Tauxemont and continued what became 30 years in the Fairfax County School System as a teacher and Guidance Counselor. She became a Certified Reality Therapist and was awarded for excellent guidance of adolescents and families at the Hayfield Junior High. Following retirement she became a Certified Master Gardener, resumed her lifelong study of the piano, and was active with the Women’s Circle at the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church. Louise was known for refined handwork in knitting, embroidery, and sewing.

In 1999, Louise moved to Carpinteria, Calif. where she was active in the Library Literacy Program, League of Women Voters, The Energy Alliance of Santa Barbara, and held season tickets to the Santa Barbara Symphony, which she dearly loved. She moved to Ojai in December, 2006, where she continued to practice her piano and enjoy the garden.

She is pre-deceased by her brother, Dr. Malcolm Stubblebine of San Francisco, and her ex-husband Robert L. Young of Saco, Maine. Her three children, Willow Young of Santa Barbara, Calif., Heather Young of Alexandria, and Tyl Young of San Mateo, Calif., survive her. Additionally, she is survived by her three grandchildren Star Michelle Young of Mountain View, Calif., Maia Friedman of Bennington, Vt., and Chaz Boyer of Alexandria, and her Nantucket nieces and nephews, Robert, Lucinda, Stephanie, and Harvey Young