Mary Merkel Young

November 21, 1929October 2, 2021

91, of Henrico, passed away peacefully with family by her side on Saturday, October 2, 2021. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Joseph Calvin Young, Jr.; her beloved children, Joseph Calvin Young III and Sandra Young Dooley; her parents Claude Carpenter Merkel and Mary Sue Harper Merkel and her brothers Claude Carpenter Merkel ll (Jr.) and Robert Charles Merkel (Bobby). Mary is survived by her son, Ronald Berkley Young and wife, Dawn; her daughter-in-law, Delores Young Payne; son-in-law, Burnie Dooley and wife Joelyn; grandchildren, Lisa Young, Joseph Calvin Young IV and wife, Jamie, Andrew Dooley, Jacob Dooley and wife, Elizabeth, Berkley Young; great-grandchildren, Christopher (Sammy), Rebecca (Von), Alyssa, Janie, Reagan, Harper, Adelyn, Hudson; great-great-grandchildren, Skylar, Elijah; sister, Shirley Dance; sister-in-law, Eileen Howard and husband, Bob and numerous nieces, nephews and great friends.

Mary was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, aunt, friend and Nanny to so many who loved her. Mary’s pride and joy was raising her 3 children, keeping a loving, welcoming home and entertaining. Mary was the ultimate caregiver with a heart of gold. She loved having her family, friends, and all her “Darlins” around.

The family will receive friends on Monday, October 11, 2021 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Woody Funeral Home, 1771 Parham Road, Richmond, VA 23229. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, October 12 at 1:00 p.m. at the Parham Chapel, Woody Funeral Home. Interment to follow at Westhampton Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the West Richmond Church of the Brethren, 7612 Wanymala Road, Henrico, Va. 23229.

Mary loved her Lord and Savior and her Church family. She will be dearly missed by all. Heaven gained an Angel.

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  • Visitation

    Monday, October 11, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, October 12, 2021



Mary Merkel Young

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