Lifelong Roseburg resident and well known piano teacher Virginia Young passed away on Thursday, May 29, 2014. She was born June 5, 1921, to Roy O. and Lena (Peg) Carter Young. She was the oldest of her sisters and brother who preceded her in death: Faith DeBernardi, Anita Nichols and Rendall Young.
Hundreds of students learned the keyboard during her 60 plus years of teaching. She always felt the joy of working with her students was her greatest reward.
The October 3, 2011 News Review devoted a front page story to coincide with her 90th birthday: “Roseburg piano teacher hitting all the right notes for 60 years.” Another front page story appeared in the August 13th, 2006 Sunday News Review timed for her 85th birthday: “Grand Lady Of Piano. Dedicated instructor shares love of music with young and old alike.”
Virginia began playing the piano at age 7. In addition to teaching, she played the organ for several local churches and piano in numerous musical ensembles. She was valedictorian of her Roseburg High graduation class and earned her masters degree in music from the University of Oregon where she was also a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority. During WWII, she served the nation as a Corporal in the US Marine Corps along with her sister, Faith.
At her wish, there will be a private graveside service and burial in the family plot in Civil Bend Cemetery. Virginia treasured her family ties to many pioneers in the Winston and Roseburg area, including the Carter, Brosi, Thornton and Young families. Her uncle, Orville “Bud” Carter was Sheriff of Douglas Country for 10 years, succeeding his cousin Clifford Thornton. Her grandfather, G.W. Young, was a founding member of Roseburg Country Club.
She is survived by her niece and youngest documented student at age 4, Debbie DeBernardi Coryell (Terry), Portland; nephews Rod Nichols (Gay), Salem; Duke DeBernardi (Ulda), Scottsdale, AZ; and Kim Horn (Debbie) Eagle Point, as well as several cousins and great and great-great nieces and nephews.
The family is grateful for the compassionate care given by Diane Still the last two years and the loyal friendship from former student, Keith Welty.
Memorial donations can be made to Mercy Hospice, The Humane Society, or a charity of choice. Arrangements are under the direction of Taylor’s Family Chapel.