A Clallam County pioneer, May Lucile Young Carrell was born to Orville and Ruth (Covert) Young on August 30, 1921. The house where she was born, at the intersection of Priest and Hendrickson roads in the Sequim area, is still standing. Her father raised dairy cattle on several acres there, furnishing milk and cream to the nearby Dungeness Creamery. Her parents came to Sequim from the Okanogan and Big Bend areas to be near his sister Anna Young Owen and her husband, Romaine Owen. In 1923, the family moved to Port Angeles, where her father worked in the Charles Nelson Shingle Mill. May attended Washington Elementary School (currently the Port Angeles Post Office) from first through sixth grades and Roosevelt Junior and Senior High (now the Clallam County Courthouse), graduating in 1940. The class of 1940 was the first graduating class to use what is now the Vern Burton Community Center for commencement exercises. From 1940 to 1958, May was employed in the Sears catalog sales office, first at Second and Lincoln streets and later on East Front Street. In 1958, May joined the staff of First National Bank, later Seafirst, Bank of America and now 1st Security Bank. She retired from the bank in 1983 after 25 years. May started playing the cello in seventh grade, playing with the Roosevelt High School orchestra through her high school years. She continued studying and playing cello - the love of her life - for many years, performing with the orchestra and ensembles at Apostolic Faith Church. May's favorite place to relax was her cabin at Lake Dawn, where she served as secretary/treasurer/board member of the Heart o' the Hills Water Association for many years. She enjoyed traveling and took several trips to the Middle East and cruises. May had a passion for dogs her entire life. Some of her favorites were Penny, Zipper, Buffy, Sisi, Terina and her last love, Prince. Her father Orville, a World War I veteran, died in 1934 when May was 12. May's brother, Norman Lewis Young, and her sister, Eva Marjory Young, both died in infancy. May and her mother lived together until Ruth's passing in 1969. Wilbur and Dorothy Covert, her aunt and uncle, also predeceased her. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at Drennan & Ford Funeral Home, 260 Monroe Road, Port Angeles. Her beloved cello will be played during the service. Memorial contributions can be made to the Port Angeles Apostolic Faith Youth Group, P.O. Box 9, Port Angeles, WA 98362.
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