Dorene F. Young

October 5, 1949 ~ February 2, 2018 (age 68)

EPSOM- Dorene F. (Wells) Young, 68, of Epsom, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family in the care of the Concord Hospice House on February 2, 2018.

Born in New London, Dorene was the daughter of the late Neal Wells and Dorothy (Young) Wells (Bean). She was a graduate of Pembroke Academy and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from St. Anselm’s College.

Dorene worked at the Beth-Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston as well as the Joslin Clinic and later served as nursing director at Clinton Hospital. After moving back to New Hampshire in 1985, she worked for Intracorp and later co-operated Medi-STRAT, which investigated medical insurance fraud (work that she always said made her feel like Quincy, M.E.).

A dedicated member of New Rye Congregational Church, Dorene taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, acted as church secretary for many years, and served on the Deacon’s Board. She sponsored children through the Child Fund and was an active volunteer at Epsom Central School while her kids attended.

Christmastime was the highlight of the year for Dorene and she cherished her Christmas decorating. She was an avid bird-watcher, horse-lover, and Patriots fan, and she treasured time spent visiting her aunt and uncle on Lake Winnipesaukee.

She is survived by her husband, Rev. James R. Young, Sr., Pastor of New Rye Congregational Church; her children, James R. Young, Jr. and his wife Cara of Worcester, MA, and Alicia M. Young of Brighton, MA; and three brothers, Neal Wells, Jr. of Lancaster, Carson “Pete” Wells of Canterbury, and Daniel Wells of Palm Bay, FL.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, February 9th from 5 to 7 P.M. in the Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home 1217 Suncook Valley Highway in Epsom. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, February 10th at 1 PM at New Rye Congregational Church, 289 New Rye Rd. in Epsom. Burial will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dorene’s memory may be sent to the CRVNA Hospice House, 30 Pillsbury St. Concord, NH 03301, or the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, PO Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit

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