Virginia Clarke Younger
11/17/1923 ~ 12/7/2013
Affectionately known as "Skippy"
all of her life, Virginia Younger passed away on Dec. 7, within days after celebrating her 90th birthday. She was a 3rd generation Seattleite who returned to the city in the 1990s after a career of teaching English Literature at Grays Harbor and Pierce Colleges. She attended St. Nicholas School, Scripps College (1945), and earned masters degrees at Columbia University (1940s) and Western Washington University (1980s).
Skippy's fondest childhood memories were of summers at the beach (Bainbridge Island), Shining Mountain Camp (Montana), and sailing through the San Juan Islands with her best friend Mary Randlett and younger brother Cappy Clarke. She knew from an early age that she wanted to be a teacher and nurtured a lifetime love of English literature (especially Shakespeare and the Romantic poets), which she shared generously with her many students and family members. Later in life she loved sharing time with young family members at the Elkhorn Ranch in Montana.
Skippy is remembered by her family and friends as being remarkably supportive and for her unflinching determination to face life's challenges and opportunities in equal measure. She was an inspiration to all of us on how to live both a principled and joyful life.
She is survived by her daughter Erin Younger, son-in-law Ed Liebow, granddaughter Nabina Liebow, her brother, numerous nephews, a niece, and their families.
There will be a celebration of Skippy's life on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 11:00 a.m. at Driscoll Robbins Fine Carpets (the showroom/gallery of her grand nephew), 997 Western Ave. (at Madison).
Remembrances may be made to the staff appreciation fund at the Ida Culver House Broadview or Bertschi School.
Published in The Seattle Times from Dec. 11 to Dec. 15, 2013.