Cherie Janice McDougall Young passed away peacefully in her sleep on November 29th, 2018, at the age of 91. Mrs. Young is survived by her son Andrew, her daughter Carolyn Smith Pomeranz, and son-in-law Donald Pomeranz.
Mrs. Young was President and Valedictorian of her High School Class, as well as editor of the yearbook. She went on to Ohio State University, where she graduated cum laude with a BS in Education, and then received her Masters Degree in Guidance from the University of North Carolina. She began working for the Kentucky Health Department, producing and distributing pamphlets and films regarding cancer, as well as doing presentations on radio and television and for civic groups.
She worked for WCHS-TV in Charleston, West Virginia writing advertising copy when she met and married Charles Young, a chemist and Union Carbide who had developed 6-12 mosquito repellant and Sevin Dust, among other things. They moved to St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands in 1964 buying Riise's Stationary and renaming it St. Thomas Stationers. She was instrumental in bringing the first artificial Christmas Tree to the Virgin Islands, after a trailer of them showed up with no needles because the refrigerator in the trailer had not been turned on. After her divorce she moved to Orlando, Florida where she was active in many community activities, before moving to Ocala, Florida to be closer to her daughter Carolyn.
A celebration of her life will be held on St. Thomas at a later date to be announced.