H. Gloria Young, 82: Avid collector, loved lobstering with family

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SCARBOROUGH — H. Gloria “Glo” (Fleming) Young, 82, died July 1 at Pine Point Nursing Center with her loving daughters and caring nursing staff at her side.

Born in High Point, N.C. on April 11, 1929, she was the daughter of James E. and Hattie (Marshall) Fleming.

After graduating from high school in 1948 she moved to Greensboro, N.C., and worked for Southern Bell Telephone Company, where she met her good friend, Sally Edge. She, Sally, and their friends enjoyed many weekends at Carolina Beach and Ft. Bragg.

In 1950 she accepted a hand-written invitation from J. Edgar Hoover offering her a job with the FBI Fingerprint Division in Washington, D.C.

While at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., she met her future husband, Aubrey D. “Darty” Young Jr. His first words to her were “the seam in your stocking isn’t straight.”

They were married May 31, 1951.  Shortly after they were married Darty received his shipping papers for overseas duty. He chose to leave the Air Force after four years of service and they moved to Maine and started a family. Together they raised four daughters, Debra, Donna, Sandy and Terry.

Over the years she worked with her husband at Bearings Specialty Inc., Logan Paint, and Decorating and Deepwoods. She also loved lobstering with her husband and girls on the “Sylvia Francis.”

Her passions were sewing, collecting elephants, porcelain dolls, bowling, home decorating and her gardens.

She also had a deep love for all animals and children, and as an adult, she gave faithfully to the Westbrook Animal Refuge League and St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

She was predeceased her husband “Darty” on Oct. 26, 2007; in-laws, “Pie” Young, Glen and Hilda Sylvia; brother-in-law, William A. Young and his wife Ellie; siblings, Ruel Fleming and his wife Sara Jo and Ed Fleming; two nephews, Tommy and Joel Fleming; and sister-in-law Linda Young.

Surviving are her four daughters, Debra Durgin of Standish, Donna Cleaves and husband David, Sandy Young, Terry Gray, all of Scarborough; step-mother-in-law, Mary Grimaldi, her five children and their families; a sister-in-law, Lois Fleming; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6, at Independent Death Care, 660 Brighton Ave., Portland, where a short service will be held at 6 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the Animal Refuge League, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, or to a charity of choice.

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