'A real livewire' - Tributes to nurse who cared for thousands

Marie Young, from North Walsham, cared for thousands of people over her 40-year career as a nurse. 

Marie Young, from North Walsham, cared for thousands of people over her 40-year career as a nurse. - Credit: Supplied by the family

A former nurse who cared for thousands of patients in a 40-year career before retiring to a North Walsham hospital has died aged 79.

Marie Young, who lived on Happisburgh Road, rose to become a theatre nurse, ward sister, nursing officer and at one time specialised in training, at hospitals in Sheffield, Birmingham and Market Bosworth.

Marie Young, left, from North Walsham, cared for thousands of people over her 40-year career as a nurse. 

Marie Young, left, from North Walsham, cared for thousands of people over her 40-year career as a nurse. - Credit: Supplied by the family

When she and civil engineer husband Mike moved to North Walsham, Marie worked as a part-time staff nurse mainly on night shifts. 

Outside of work she was a talented musician playing piano, semi-professionally, for a dance school in Market Bosworth in the evenings, having finished her shift at the hospital.

File photo of former nurse Marie Young, with husband Mike and daughter Nicola.

File photo of former nurse Marie Young, with husband Mike and daughter Nicola. - Credit: Supplied by the family

When she was younger she also played the cello, and in Norfolk she enjoyed singing with the North Norfolk Chorale. 

Daughter Nicola said: “Wherever she worked, people remember her for being a real livewire, sitting at the piano and leading the carol singing.”

File photo of ormer nurse Marie Young, who has recently died, aged 79. She is pictured with husband Mike and their dog. 

File photo of former nurse Marie Young, who has recently died, aged 79. She is pictured with husband Mike and their dog. - Credit: Supplied by the family

She was a forthright Yorkshirewoman who worked really hard – baking bread in the morning, cycling to work, then going straight to the dance school in the evenings. 

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Marie, who also has a son Simon, a railway signalling manager, suffered poor health in recent years and was bedbound. 

Marie Young, from North Walsham, cared for thousands of people over her 40-year career as a nurse. 

Marie Young, from North Walsham, cared for thousands of people over her 40-year career as a nurse. - Credit: Supplied by the family

She caught Covid twice over the winter during spells in hospitals and battled back but sadly died from pneumonia in Heron Lodge care home at Wroxham on August 7.

Her funeral was held at North Walsham parish church on August 18, attended by some former colleagues from the war memorial hospital. 

Nicola added: “Even when she was in hospital and care homes herself, she was still training the nurses and the carers – giving them advice on how to turn her over in bed.”

She thanked the staff who turned out for the funeral, where donations of more than £100 were made to the Hospital Friends. 

*If you would like to get in touch regarding a tribute article or obituary, please email Community Life Correspondent Donna-Louise Bishop at Donna-Louise.Bishop@archant.co.uk

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