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Dorothy Wood Young (1920-2019)

Dorothy Wood Young

GORHAM — Dorothy Wood Young, 98, passed away on January 2, 2019 at Springbrook Center in Westbrook. She was born in Phillips, Maine on February 13, 1920, a daughter of Edward and Edith (Edwards) Wood.

Dorothy was a graduate of Wilton Academy in the class of 1938 and in 1941 married Philip Young. They made their first home in Dryden where they started their family and Dorothy worked at the post office. In 1954, they moved to Augusta. She was a stay at home mother while her children were growing up and later worked for the Augusta school lunch program. During this time she was involved as a Girls Scouts Leader and volunteered at Camp K-V in Readfield. The majority of her career was spent working for the Department of Taxation in Augusta until her retirement.

Along with her husband, Dorothy was very involved with ham radio and was one of the first three women in the State of Maine to obtain a ham radio license and operated under W1TGY. Dorothy enjoyed crafts and was known for her creative and hand-made cross-stitched Christmas cards. Along with Philip, she enjoyed volunteering for many years for the American Lung Association and was instrumental with incorporating ham radio into the Trek Across Maine. Above all, Dorothy was the matriarch of her family and loved her children and grandchildren dearly.

She is survived her daughter, Carol Hanken and her husband Bruce of South Hiram, and son Kenneth Young of Pensacola, FL; grandchildren, Jeremy Hanken (N1KWT) and his wife, Sara of Gorham, Jason Hanken of Windham, and Katie Veazie and her husband Chris of Gorham; three great grandchildren, Philip Hanken, Haley Hanken, and Hazel Veazie; as well as two nieces, Lorrie Wood of Sicily, Italy, and Linda Norton and her husband, Bill of Massachusetts.
Dorothy was predeceased by a brother, Edward Wood Jr., son-in-law, Jack Ryan; granddaughter-in-law Laci Hanken, and her husband of 77 years, Philip Young in July of 2018.

A memorial celebration will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 2pm at the Gorham Chapel of Dolby Blais & Segee, 76 State St., Gorham, ME 04038. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Dorothy’s name may be made to the Maine Chapter American Lung Association, 122 State St., Augusta, ME 04330 OR To express condolences or participate in Dorothy’s online tribute, please visit

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