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Else Sortie Young
Else Sortie Young
Else Sortie Young, 93, of Cashiers, North Carolina, died Thursday, March 20 at her Holmes Beach, Florida home. Born the youngest child of two in Denmark October 20, 1921, she immigrated to America via Ellis Island April 19, 1948.

Else had a lifelong passion for books. She loved book people, too. She was fond of fine art, a wonderful cook and a gracious hostess. At her table the food was fresh and flavorful. Amid clinking glasses diners ate, talked, laughed and often sang and danced. Else’s laugh will be missed my many.

She called the Florida Keys home for forty years. For decades, she owned and operated The Drop Anchor, a popular and prosperous restaurant in Marathon. There, beside her beloved seashore, she met her future husband William Russ Young from Macon County. Together they moved to Cashiers where in the early eighties she opened The Book & Speciality Shop. In business for over 20 years, she provided locals and tourists alike books on almost every interest imaginable.

Else delighted in conversation with customers. She enjoyed chatting about an array of subjects sharing only just enough enthusiasm as not to be pushy. Most found that after they’d made a purchase and were heading to the door she’d say, “Next time you’re in, I have another book I think you’ll be interested in.”

With a twinkle in her blue eyes, Else Young was always passionate about life and no matter what, lived it on her own terms.

Her amazing smile would light up a room. Even in her nineties, she remained childlike of heart while still maintaining a sense of propriety. Else will be remembered and her memory cherished by all who knew her.