Laura “Laurie” Lynn Burns-Young, 52, passed away in her sleep Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011. Laurie was born in Portsmouth, N.H. on Dec. 29, 1958, the daughter of Joanne Sproul-Harriman.

Laurie went to many schools but fondly talked about her time spent at Orono, her many friends there, and growing up out to Gould’s Landing.

Laurie was an artistic soul who enjoyed music, nature, writing poetry and making natural stone jewelry for friends and loved ones. Laurie was also a good cook and dabbled in gardening.

Laurie had a genuine interest in the benefits of natural treatments for various ailments, as well as improvements for one’s overall holistic well-being. Laurie was a strong believer/supporter of equality between men and women and would gladly voice her ideals if prompted to do so. Laurie was also a very kind-hearted and forgiving person, who always focused on the good traits in people.

Later in life Laurie had many roles to perform, which she did wonderfully. Laurie was a devoted, loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend to many. Laurie was a very welcoming person who was always there to listen when you needed someone to talk to. Laurie had a smile and aura that seemed to make things better, even during the roughest times.

Laurie was a woman of strong faith and will be sadly missed until we all meet again.

Laurie is survived by her husband, Clint Young of Belfast; her mother, Joanne Harriman and stepfather Bob of Richmond; her daughter, Jennifer Fitzgerald of Rockland; her son, Richard Young of Belfast; her grandkids, Joey, Gabriella, Sophie, Zanda, Shyanne and Maya; her brothers, Donald Burns of California and Herbert “Butch” Burns of Augusta; her stepbrothers, Jeff Harriman and Greg Harriman of Sebago; her nieces, Becky Croan of Bangor, Heather Burns of Colorado and Kendyl Burns of Augusta; one great-niece, Kaitlyn of Bangor; as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins.

There will be no calling hours at the present time. Family will be holding a memorial gathering at Laurie’s mother’s home in Richmond, on Laurie’s birthday, Thursday, Dec. 29. The family wishes that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to New Hope for Women in Rockland.

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Arrangements are under the care of Crabiel-Riposta Funeral Home of Belfast.