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Mary Stella Nellida Young


Mary Stella Nellida Young

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our mom Mary ‘Stella’ Nellida Young (DesRoches), wife of the late Ambrose Young. Stella passed away peacefully June 24th 2020 at home in Springhill NS, just as she wanted with family at her side. 

Born in her grandparent’s home in Egmont Bay, PEI in 1932 to Emmett and Bibienne DesRoches.

Stella moved to Sydney, NS and as a young woman married her one true love, Ambrose Young, after only a 2 week courtship. She continued to love him dearly after his death in 2002, and left our world in peace knowing she would join him again. 

Stella will be greatly missed by her family including daughters: Gail Surette of Springhill NS, Jane Young and Patricia Young, both of Sydney NS, Anne Kent (Danny) of Tsawwassen BC, and daughter in law Mary Young of Halifax NS. Her sons: Daniel Young of Bedford NS, Patrick Young (Paula) of Dartmouth NS, and son in law Kevin Surette of Belledune NB. Her grandchildren: Maggie (James) and Alix Surette, Chris and Kevin (Farah) Young, Meaghan (Aaron) and Danielle Ganaway, Ben, Maya and Nicholas Kent, Duncan Lewis, and two great grand-children, Alayna and Lenni Ganaway-Martin. She is also survived and missed by her sisters Helen Forbrigger (Francis) of Dartmouth NS, Elsie of Montreal QC, and brother-in-law Adrian Morrison of Sydney Mines NS. She was predeceased by her parents, her loving husband Ambrose, stepmother Grace DesRoches, her sister Norma Wall, brother Emmett DesRoches Junior, and brothers in law, Basil and Roy Young.

Everyone who knew Stella saw her gentle spirit, she always saw the best in people and was always so thankful and appreciative for the kindness of others. She loved to laugh and always enjoyed a good story. She spent her life caring for others and only in her later years did she finally find time for herself, with a calendar full of bridge games and time spent with friends she loved dearly.

Stella will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to know her and will be remembered for her sense of humor, that sparkle in her eyes and the phone calls she made to each and every one of her children and grandchildren every year on their birthdays to sing ‘Happy Birthday’.

Arrangements have been entrusted to A H Brown Funeral Home, 5 McFarlane St., Springhill, NS (902-597-2361). The funeral service will be held in early July, at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Parish in Sydney NS, with Father Bill Bourque officiating.

As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the VON in thanks for their outstanding care of our mother, or to a memorial of one’s choice.

Sharing of memories and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Mary's online memorial at or through the A H Brown Funeral Home Facebook Page.

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Service Time
Early July
Service Location
St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Parish in Sydney NS

Requested Charity
Cumberland VON