Phoebe Ann Cushman (née Young) of Pittsboro, N.C., died Sept. 14, 2018, at UNC Medical Center surrounded by her children, at the age of 85.
Phoebe was born Feb. 1, 1933, to Marguerite and W. Emmett Young of Southold, where she grew up before attending Fredonia State Teachers College, graduating with a degree in elementary education. She and Jack were married in 1956 and raised their family in Riverhead before moving to Cutchogue in 1980. Phoebe taught second grade in the Riverhead Central School District for many years while earning her master’s degree at Southampton College, and was an active member of Riverhead Methodist Church and Mattituck Presbyterian Church.
Phoebe subsequently moved to North Carolina, where she made her home at Galloway Ridge in Pittsboro. Phoebe will be remembered for her kindness, compassion, strong will and independence, as well as for being a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
Phoebe is survived by her children, Sharon Koch of Apex, N.C., John (Eileen) Cushman II of Mattituck and David (Hope) Cushman of Greensboro, N.C.; her brother, Robert Young of Hendersonville, N.C.; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Phoebe was preceded in death by her husband, John “Jack” Cushman of Cutchogue; her daughter Karen, of Madison, N.J.; her sister, Priscilla Lyndes of Barre, Vt.; and her brothers, William E. Young of Southold and John Donald Young of Greenport.
A celebration of Phoebe’s life was held Sept. 19 in the library at Galloway Ridge in Pittsboro. The family will receive visitors at Mattituck Presbyterian Church Monday, Oct. 1, at 10 a.m., followed immediately by a celebration of life with interment at Cutchogue Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made in memory of Phoebe to either Ducks Unlimited Inc., One Waterfowl Way, Memphis, TN 38120; the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, Supporter Services, 901 E Street NW, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20004-2025; Mattituck Presbyterian Church, 12605 Main Road, Mattituck, NY 11952; or the Medical Foundation Cardiac Critical Care Fund, P. O. Box 1050, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.