Shirley Porter Young, 88

March 25, 2009

OCT. 5, 1920-MARCH 24, 2009

Shirley Porter Young, 88, of 19753 Tranquility Circle, Hagerstown, Md., and formerly of Alpine Lake in Terra Alta, W.Va., and Gaithersburg, Md., passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at the Robinwood Assisted Living Center.

Born Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1920, in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of the late Walter E. Porter and the late Helen Michel Porter.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Glenn A. Young Sr.

Shirley graduated from Western High School in the class of 1938. She completed her secretarial training from Washington School of Secretaries before beginning her career with the Census Department. She worked for the Council of Economic Advisers at the State Department under the Lyndon Johnson Administration. In 1966, she began her career at IBM working for the Federal System Division, retiring in 1987 after 24 years of service. During her time with IBM, she received her paralegal certificate.


Shirley served as a Cub Scout leader and was a lifetime member of the Montgomery County Agriculture Center as well as a lifetime quilter, and served as a quilt judge for the state of Maryland.

After retiring, she and her husband, Glenn, moved to Alpine Lake in Terra Alta, where Shirley was elected to the Alpine Lake Board and served as the chairman of the Alpine Public Utilities Commission, as well as editor of the Alpine Lake Newsletter.

She is survived by four sons, Glenn A. Young Jr. and his wife, Jan, of Williamsport, Md., Gregory A. Young and his wife, Marty, of Daniel Island, S.C., Geoffrey A. Young and his significant other, Maria Kaleyias of Damascus, Md., and Gary A. Young and his wife, Karen, of Gaithersburg; two sisters, Claire Crenshaw of Silver Spring, Md., and Grace Noble of Harpers Ferry, W.Va.; one brother, William Porter of Potomac, Md.; seven grandchildren, Jenny and Allen, Chris and Katie, Brandon and Noelle, and Kevin Young; and four great-grandchildren, Christian, Elias and Barrett Brown, and Cosette Young.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Jack Porter.

A memorial service will be held Friday, March 27, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Hagerstown Church of the Brethren, 15 S. Mulberry St., Hagerstown, with the Rev. Edward L. Poling officiating.

Interment will held at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., at a later date.

The family would like to thank her doctors and special caregivers from Hospice, and friends who provided not only care, but love and support.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown.

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