Marguerite C. Young
Lifelong Anchorage, Alaska, resident Marguerite Claire Young died in the early morning hours of Dec. 23, 2016, at the Riverside Assisted Living Home in Soldotna, Alaska, after a battle with early-onset dementia. She was born on April 4, 1959, at the old Providence Hospital, to William C. and Loraine (Muehleisen) Young. She was educated at Scenic Park Elementary, Wendler Junior High School and Bartlett High School, and took coursework at both University of Alaska Anchorage and University of Alaska Fairbanks. In her youth, Marguerite was a competitive Junior Dog Musher, competing with contemporaries who later became names running the Iditarod. She was a championship small bore marksman in Junior and Senior High School and at UAF. She competed in the sporter rifle event during two Arctic Winter Games. In 1974 (Anchorage), she shot for Quebec, as their team lacked sufficient numbers. In 1976, she shot for Alaska and won several medals (Schefferville, Quebec). In later years, she took up golf with her characteristic enthusiasm. Marguerite spent many summers fishing with her father and sisters on the family drift boat in Upper Cook Inlet (the Tiny Tim and later the Shalimar). She spent her professional life in the telecommunications industry, working for 30 years for the Anchorage Telephone Utility and subsequently ACS. She retired as an Outside Plans Engineer in 2012. She was a talented draftsman and expert in AutoCAD and related systems. Throughout her life, she pursued many hobbies, including crafts of all types, sewing, painting, gardening, sport fishing and gold mining. She particularly delighted in world travel, including trips to eastern Europe (before the wall came down), the United Kingdom, Italy (she particularly liked Pompeii), Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Okinawa, a cruise through the Panama Canal and Hawaii, where she finally bought a small piece of property. She was a long-time member of Local 1547 of the IBEW and of the Pioneers of Alaska Auxiliary No. 4. In addition to her parents, Marguerite was predeceased by her nephew, Dylan Marsh; cousins, Catherine Coffey and Jim Young; and close friend, Karl Westfall. She is survived by her sisters, Anne Young (Chuck Diters) of Anchorage, Carol Marsh (Larry) of Kasilof, Alaska, and Mary Karen Scullion (Tom) of Vancouver, Wash.; nephews, Gavin and Justin Marsh; and aunts and uncles, Suzanne Coffey, Arlene Hutcherson, Jene Young (Virginia) and Jack Young. The family wishes to thank her friends who supported her during her illness, including Beth and Mark Mandigo, Bob K, Dan Kiewit, Judy Clay, Jim Troutman and Eric Fuglestad. They also wish to acknowledge Dr. Katy Sheridan of Soldotna and all the staff at Riverside Assisted Living, especially her personal care aides through the final months, including Edwina, Leah, April and Marcella. She will be interred at Angelus Memorial Park on June 17, 2017, followed by a celebration of her life. Details will be provided as they are finalized.
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