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Penny Young

May 3, 1950 ~ January 19, 2024 (age 73) 73 Years Old

Penny Young Obituary

Constance Pennington Young (known as Penny) died on January 19, 2024 at the Maine Medical Center in Portland, ME.  She had been battling leukemia (CLL) and was still recovering from a bad fall from her horse in October of 2022, but died of a massive stroke.

Penny was born in Providence, RI in 1950, to Hamilton and Marjorie Whitmarsh Young.  She grew up in Concord, MA and attended Concord public schools.  She graduated from Radcliffe College (Harvard) in 1972 as an English major.  After working in several different jobs, she returned to academia, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Nursing in 1980.

Penny moved to Damariscotta, ME to work at Miles Memorial Hospital.  During that time, she bought property in Bristol Mills, ME which she named May Frost Farm, where she lived with various horses and cats for almost forty years. In the late 1980's she started the New England Screen Door Company with her partner, Yvonne Hannemann, in the Bristol Mills Schoolhouse and delivered custom screen doors all over New England.

An avid swimmer, sailor, rider, and skier, life for Penny was often a whirlwind of physical activity.  Although hampered by Leukemia and many other ailments, she insisted on continuing to care for her animals and having adventures into her 70’s.  Penny was also an enthusiastic choral singer, and performed with several different groups.  She also was a published poet.

Penny is survived by her sister, Brenda Bragdon of Watertown, MA; her brother, Jim Young of Phippsburg, ME; and five nieces and nephews: Aaron Young of Boulder, CO, Jesse Young of Denver, CO, Caroline Bragdon of New York, NY, Marjorie Bragdon of Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica, and Josiah Bragdon of Oakland, CA.  She is also survived by ten great nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is being planned for the summer.  Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main Street, Damariscotta, ME 04543.  Condolences, and messages for her family, may be expressed by visiting:



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