Published in the June 2, 2017 edition

Young-obit-webMELROSE — Mary Rita (McDonough) Young, 91, passed away in Melrose on May 24.

Mary was born in Portland, Maine on February 23, 1926 to the late James and Nora (Lee) McDonough. She was raised in Portland, Maine, and graduated from Cathedral High School in 1942, where she was the class valedictorian.

Prior to marriage Mary worked for the Maritime Commission in South Portland during World War II. She was a founding member of Massachusetts Citizens for Life and worked at the Value of Life Committe.

Mary has been a Melrose resident since 1989, was a member of Our Lady of Presentation Church Sodality in Newton and St. Mary’s Church Ladies Sodality here in Melrose. She enjoyed spending time at the Milano Center in Melrose and was a member of the Golden Girls Bridge Club.

Mary was beloved wife of the late Robert J. Young. She was the oving mother of Michael W. Young and his wife Diane of Saugus, Kathleen R. Rafter and her husband Eugene of FL, Mary Agnes Burke of Melrose, Teresa Y. Goulding and her husband Christopher of Melrose, Dr. Stephen A. Young and his wife Danielle of FL, Meredith E. Branagan and her husband Peter of Hingham, Brian J. Young and his wife Laura of CA and the late Robert J. Young Jr. She was the sister of Anne Rowe of Falmouth, ME and the late Edward McDonough, William McDonough and James McDonough. She was the grandmother of Christopher Young, Erin Rafter, Colleen (Rafter) Atlas, Gregory Goulding, John Patrick Burke, Caitlin (Young) Sweet, Rebecca Burke, Nicole, Melissa and John Branagan, Matthew and Sean Young. She was the great grandmother of Juliette Sweet and Henry Atlas. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose, on Monday, May 29, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and again on Tuesday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary’s Church, Herbert Street, Melrose at 10:30 a.m.

Interment at Wyoming Cemetery in Melrose.

To send a message of condolence please visit.