Pauline R. Young, 96: Devoted Army nurse served in 2 wars

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NORTH YARMOUTH — Pauline R. Young, 96, a homemaker and veteran of two wars, died peacefully on March 18 after a short illness.

She was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, the daughter of William A. and Nora Zarzour. She graduated from Lawrence High School and then attended St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing, in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Young enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1941 and was one of the first nurses to go overseas when the United States entered World War II. During the war, she served in England, North Africa and Italy as a nurse anesthetist. Because of her Lebanese heritage and knowledge of Arabic, she also served as an interpreter in North Africa.

Later, Young served in the Korean War, working for two years in a “MASH,” or mobile army surgical hospital, unit. In addition, she served on several U.S. posts, including Walter Reed Army Hospital in preparation for duty as an operating room supervisor. Young earned the Meritorious Service Medal and many other commendations and medals, and rose to the rank of captain before her retirement from the Army.

In 1954, she married U.S. Army Lt. Robert L. Young, and accompanied him on various assignments including a three-year tour in Germany. There, her two children were born.

In her free time, Pauline enjoyed many crafts such as crocheting, crewel embroidery and needlepoint, for which she won blue ribbons at local fairs. She also loved to cook Arabic food and share it with family and friends.

Young was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church in Yarmouth and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

She was predeceased in 2007 by her husband, who had retired from the Army as a lieutenant colonel. 

She is survived by her son, Bill Young, his wife, Lynn and their daughters, Laura and Leah, all of North Yarmouth; and by her daughter, Robin Young, also of North Yarmouth.

Visiting hours will be held Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at Lindquist Funeral Home, 1 Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 10 a.m., at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 326 Main St., Yarmouth. Burial will be in Walnut Hill Cemetery in North Yarmouth later this spring.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Young’s memory to The Salvation Army, 297 Cumberland Ave., Portland, ME 04101.

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