Mary Carolyn Young

Durango resident Mary Carolyn Young died after a long battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at Four Corners Health Care Center in Durango. She was 81.

Also known as “Carolina,” she was born Feb. 16, 1931, to Celestino and Julinita (Martinez) Duran in Rosa, N.M., which was submerged under Navajo Reservoir.

At the age of 18, she married Neil Wolf. He was in the oil business, and they spent the next two decades following his career to Wyoming, Canada, Texas, Louisiana, Virginia and other places. They returned to Southwest Colorado about 40 years ago.

After his death, she married Henry G. Young on June 28, 2005, in Durango.

Mrs. Young was a homemaker and was “quite a cook,” her husband said. She was also a talented quilter who won awards and gave lessons. She also enjoyed gardening and fishing.

“Most of all she loved her family,” her family said.

Mrs. Young was preceded in death by her husband of more than 50 years, Neil Wolf, in 2003; and son, Stan Wolf.

She is survived by her husband of seven years, Hank Young, of Durango; daughters Lynn Stuntz and Deb Sorensen, both of Loveland; son, Sid Wolf, of Denver; sisters Celina Valdez of Arboles, Claudine Garcia and Della Moreno, both of Durango, Mary Chavez of Farmington, Emma Herrera of Roswell, N.M., and Alice Vigil of Denver; brother, Rick Duran, of Durango; six grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Cremation will occur. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at St. Peter-St. Rosa Catholic Church in Arboles. Burial of ashes will take place at Rosa Cemetery after the Mass. A reception will take place afterward.