D'Arcy H. Young, 93

Homemaker, golfer

June 10, 2008|By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN

D'Arcy H. Young, a homemaker and former longtime Ruxton resident, died Saturday at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium of complications from a fall. She was 93.

D'Arcy Hilles was born in St. Moritz, Switzerland, and raised in Cannes, France. She was educated at home by private tutors.

In 1933, she moved to Baltimore and made her debut at the Bachelors Cotillon. The next year, she married Alexander Gordon III, a Baltimore attorney who later was executive director of the Maryland State Bar Association. He died in 1963.

Mrs. Young was married in 1969 to Andrew J. Young III, an executive with Barton Cotton Inc., who died in 2001.

An avid bridge player and golfer, Mrs. Young won the Elkridge Club golf championship nine times. She also was a duckpin bowler and tennis player.

She was a longtime active member of the Junior League of Baltimore and volunteered at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She was a former patroness of the Baltimore Assembly and former president of Chapter 1 Colonial Dames of America. For 30 years, she represented Maryland on the Kenmore Board of Regents which oversees the preservation of Kenmore, the Fredericksburg, Va., home of George Washington's sister, Betty, that was built in 1775.

Mrs. Young had served for more than three decades on the board of Pickersgill, the Towson retirement home.

She also enjoyed traveling and gardening, and since 1997, had lived at the Brightwood retirement community in Lutherville.

She was a communicant of St. Stephen's Traditional Episcopal Church, 11856 Mays Chapel Road, Timonium, where a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow.

Surviving are a son, Alexander Gordon IV of Easton; two daughters, Ann McKim Gordon Phillips of Towson and Agnes Armistead Gordon Stark of Memphis, Tenn.; two stepdaughters, Linn Lyford of Jupiter, Fla., and Margaret Chambliss of South Carolina; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by three daughters, Margaret McKim Gordon, Cynthia Wilson Gordon Adams, and Henrietta Gordon Horner.

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