Anne Mary (Recoskie) YoungOctober 19, 1927 ~ December 17, 2017 (age 90)
Anne Mary Young
Oct 19, 1927 – Dec 17, 2017
In loving memory of Anne Mary Young (nee Recoskie), 90 years young, who fought a long, courageous battle against Alzheimer’s, finally went in peace to her everlasting home with God on Sunday, December 17, 2017.
Anne was born in Barry’s Bay, Ontario on October 19, 1927 to Agnes (Pick) and Frank Recoskie. Beloved wife of Clayton Young for 35 years until his death in 1984.
Loving mother of Gail (Gerald August) and Lorraine (David Tomalty). Devoted grandmother (‘Gram’, ‘Nanny’) of Joanne (James Prince), Lane (Matt Tasker) and Adam (Nellie McAteer). Cherished Great-Grandma of Justin, Jeremy, Emma and Brady Prince, Clayton James (‘CJ’) and Charleston Anne Tasker and Wesley Tomalty. Dear sister of Joe, Stella Etmanskie, Theresa Kubusheskie, Rose Parcey, Margaret Koski (her twin), Leonard, Betty Bloskie, Robert (all predeceased) and surviving sister Aggie Petrie.
Anne grew up in Barry’s Bay as a faithful member of St. Hedwig’s Parish and recalled often her school days with the teaching nuns, picking berries and swimming in the pond or Kaminiskeg Lake with her siblings, helping ‘Daddy’ with the garden and honing her domestic skills with ‘Momma’ in the summer kitchen. Her years in Madawaska were selflessly dedicated to Clayton and their girls, keeping an immaculate home, helping out at church suppers and enjoying tea with friends. Anne loved to hunt and fish with Clayton and even left her treasured home to enjoy a few driving vacations with Clayton in their camper to see some of Canada! With Clayton’s death (her best friend) Anne returned to Barry’s Bay where she built and enjoyed a new home and being close to family and old friends. She loved feeding her family and was always willing to help out with grandchildren and great-grandchildren in her caring and gentle manner.
The Watertower Lodge became her new home when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2012. Despite always wanting to ‘go home’, Anne thrived at the Lodge and always left a trail of toothpicks for the staff to find her! Commonly referred to by her family as “the Duracell Bunny”, Anne kept on ‘going and going’, and just six weeks ago, moved to the Valley Manor for a ‘recharge’. Her strength and independent spirit finally gave in and Anne peacefully went to join Clayton, who had been waiting for her with open arms for 33 years and 10 days. This year they will spend Christmas together with our Saviour.
The family extends thanks to the caring staff members at the Watertower Lodge and especially to the Valley Manor staff who dedicated themselves to trying to make Anne “feel at home” in her final days.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer’s Society or St. Francis Memorial Hospital Barry’s Bay would be greatly appreciated.