Jean Hallett (Taylor) Young, 75, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 27 2013, after a prolonged battle with dementia at the EPOCH Senior Healthcare of Harwich. Born in 1938 in Flushing, N.Y., to her parents, the late William H. Taylor Jr. and Jean G. (Hallett) Taylor. She grew up in Dedham and attended the Dedham school system from kindergarten through high school. She got her nursing license in 1959 from the New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston. She got her B.S. in nursing at Syracuse University and her master's degree in Maternal and Newborns at Yale University. She met her husband, Karl E. Young, in Syracuse, N.Y., and in 1962 they were married in Dedham. Jean was a dedicated nurse for over 40 years and lived to serve others. She was a Visiting Nurse for many years in Syracuse, N.Y., New Haven, Conn., Phoenix, Ariz., and Dedham. In her final move in 1976 to Harwich, she became the supervisor of the Chatham VNA, staying there for 10 years. Jean then worked at a number nursing agencies and nursing homes on the Cape until her retirement in 2004. She was very active at the Harwich United Methodist Church. As part of her commitment to the church, she served for many years at the local and district level as a member of the United Methodist Women. Jean enjoyed sewing and crafts, which led her to found the Crafty Ladies. She also was a Lay Speaker. Jean loved to travel and managed to visit Chile, Japan and several countries in Europe. After retiring in 2004, Jean and Karl visited 49 states by trailer. She loved to bake and knit for others as well as her family. In addition to her husband, Jean is survived by her three sons and their wives, Karl Jr. and Julita of Middletown, Pa., William and Jacqueline of Greenfield and Gregory and Chie of Harwich; along with her sister, Margaret and husband John McCann of Williamston, N.C. She is also survived by her six grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at the Harwich United Methodist Church, at 1 Church St., Harwich, MA 02645, Sunday, Sept. 1, at 2 p.m. All family and friends are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Harwich United Methodist Church, address above, or the Visiting Nurse Association, at 255 Independence Dr., Hyannis, MA 02601.
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Published in The Patriot Ledger on Aug. 30, 2013