Margaret Moffat Young, an East Hampton real estate agent who served as a nurse’s aide during World War II, died on Jan. 27 in Lancaster, Pa. She was 88 and had Alzheimer’s disease.
She was born on Sept. 18, 1924, to John Gilchrist Moffat and the former Jane Scull. She attended the Knox School in Scranton, Pa., and Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. She married John Dowdney in 1947. They lived in New York and summered in East Hampton.
She later married Nigel Young of Glasgow, Scotland, who served with the Royal Air Force and received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service in World War II. The couple lived in London for three years beginning in 1959 and then settled in East Hampton. Mr. Young died in 1988.
In 1946 she went overseas as a counselor with the Maclannet Committee for Aid to French War Orphans.
Mrs. Young was involved in Republican politics and served as chairwoman of the Women’s Division of the New York State Citizens for Eisenhower. She also worked for the Long Island campaign to elect Richard Nixon.
After leaving Vassar she got a job as a relocation consultant for the Homerica Corporation, a mortgage broker in New York City. She helped find houses for corporate customers, work that prepared her for a career in real estate. She was active in the Friends of the Philharmonic and the Junior League of New York.
After marrying Mr. Young in 1965, they joined the Edward F. Cook firm in East Hampton. They later founded Woods Lane Estate Agents, and then Young and Company, which operated throughout the late 1970s and through the 1980s. Young and Company was folded into the Allan M. Schneider agency after Mr. Young’s death.
In East Hampton she served on the executive committee of the town and village and worked with the Ladies Village Improvement Society. She moved to Lancaster in 2002.
Mrs. Young is survived by three children, Lisa Dowdney of Leadville, Colo., Deborah Seaman of Eagle, Colo., and James Young of East Hampton. She leaves Luisa Castillo of East Hampton, a dear friend she thought of as a daughter, and a sister, Jane Mueller of Lancaster. She is also survived by five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions were suggested for the Ladies Village Improvement Society, 95 Main Street, East Hampton 11937. A memorial service will be held starting at noon on May 4 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in East Hampton. The Rev. Denis Brunelle will officiate. Mrs. Young was buried in the church cemetery.