Barbara J. Young, 86

Barbara J. Young, 86

SANFORD, Maine — Barbara J. Young, 86, of Sanford, passed peacefully at her Estes Lake home surrounded by her family. 

Barbara was born on June 16, 1933 to Howard and Susan (Gillian) Brown in Lynn. She was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School and Lynn Hospital School of Nursing.

Barbara married the love of her life, Joseph “Bob” Young in 1957. Together they raised five children. Barbara and Bob enjoyed many travels together including annual family trips to Cape Cod and summer vacations at Little Sebago Lake in Gray, Maine. She loved to play Let It Ride at the casinos in Connecticut and Las Vegas.

Barbara’s greatest joy was spending time with her beloved girls and her pride and joy, her only son. 

Barbara took great pride in her nursing career from her days in nursing school where she made many lifetime friends to the pinnacle of her career as the nurse manager of the Endoscopy unit at Melrose Wakefield Hospital in Massachusetts which she designed, implemented and efficiently ran until her retirement. She was overjoyed to see her legacy continue as two of her granddaughters followed her path and became nurses.

Barbara lived most of her life in Lynn, moving to Sanford, Maine, prior to her retirement. She spent 10 years as a “snowbird” summering in Maine and spending winters in Margate, Fla. Her compound on Estes Lake was a gathering spot for her large and extended family and circle of friends. She welcomed all with her big smile and twinkling blue eyes.

Barbara is predeceased by her loving husband, her parents, siblings Robert, Richard and Warren Brown and Mary “Mae” MacDonald, granddaughter, Amy Ring and nephews Mark and David Brown.

She is survived by her children and their spouses Christine and Daniel Bresnahan, Patti and Ronald Thibeault, Mary Sue and Chuck Ring, Tom and Valerie Young and Nancy and DJ Thornell. She leaves 11 grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, three step-great-grandchildren and several beloved nieces and nephews.

Service information: Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10 at the Lafrance-Lambert & Black Funeral Home, located at 29 Winter Street in Sanford. Friends and family are invited to a celebration of life from 12-3: p.m. on Saturday, July 13 at Above and Beyond Catering at the Sanford Town Club located on the top floor of the Sanford Trust Building on the corner of Washington and Main Streets in Sanford.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider sending a memorial contribution to the Disabled American Veterans P.O. Box 14301 Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301 or online at

Arrangements are under the direction of Black Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, Sanford-Springvale.

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