Annabelle "Annie" Helen Young

Aug 13, 2010 - May 4, 2019

Annabelle “Annie” Helen Young, died much too soon on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Morristown Medical Center surrounded by her family and friends. She was 8 years old when she suffered a sudden brain hemorrhage caused by an undiscovered congenital condition. 

Born in Summit, New Jersey on August 13, 2010, Annie was the youngest child of Paul and Laura (Freeman) Young. She is survived by her parents and brother, Henry Young; her grandparents, Jim and Kathy Freeman, Robert Young and Dennis Owens: her great-grandmother, Bernice Hartz; her aunt and uncles, Jim and Suzie Freeman and Chris Young; her 1st cousins, Vivienne and Clara Freeman and numerous other aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. 

A resident of Berkeley Heights, NJ, Annie was a 3rd grade student at Thomas P. Hughes Elementary School and member of the student council and Girl Scouts. She was a musical theater student at the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts and she spent 5 years dancing at Pure Movement Dance Center. 

Annie loved to play sports. She was a fantastic athlete, a fierce competitor and a motivating teammate. She was #19 on the 8U “Heights Heat” travel softball team and the 3rd grade Berkeley Heights girl’s basketball team. Win or lose, Annie had fun no matter what. She was a good sport with a great attitude and she was proud to be part of a team, playing alongside her friends. She dreamed of someday being the first female to play for the NBA. 

Aside from her brother, cousins, teammates, classmates and babysitters, Annie’s very best friend was her dog, Dodger. She and “Dodgie Boy” would go for walks, play in the grass, play Uno and play school where Annie taught Dodger how to do math, spelling and writing. Annie also had a deep love for pandas and pugs. Her hobbies included dancing and singing around the house with her sitter, Kathy, making slime with friends, creating forts in the basement with her brother and making “Epic Fail” videos with her cousins. She loved bike riding, snow skiing, swimming and watching “Mako Mermaids” on her iPad. Her favorite foods were Babybel cheese, pickles, cherry tomatoes and guacamole. She loved to eat and give scraps to Dodger under the table when mom and dad weren’t looking. 

Annie adored her older brother, Henry. She looked up to him and emulated him while also taking advantage of every opportunity to tease and annoy him. She made friends wherever she went and she never met a kid or adult who she didn’t want to have fun with. No matter the location—in a cold ice rink at her brother’s hockey game or at a hotel swimming pool in a new city, Annie would make friends and have fun. 

Annie’s enthusiasm for life was constant and infectious. She touched the lives of countless kids and adults with her ever-present smile and positive demeanor. She woke up happy and spent every day laughing or trying to make others laugh. She was kind, encouraging and brave. Her bright, shining light burned out far too quickly but her courage and strength carried her through to the very end. In her final hours, she gave the world one last gift, allowing others to receive her organs and go on living when she could not.   

Annie lived a short life but it was filled with the kind of love and joy that most people only hope for. She will be remembered by many and deeply missed by those who had the profound privilege of sharing their lives with her.  

There will be a private family ceremony at Paul Ippolito Berkeley Memorial, 646 Springfield Ave, Berkeley Heights, (908) 277-6446. A celebration of Annie’s life will be held at Embassy Suites at 250 Connell Drive, Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, (908) 897-1970, on Saturday, May 11 from 10am-2pm. All are welcome. For additional information and to send the family condolences please visit 

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in memory of Annie to the Home for Good Dogs Rescue, the New Jersey Sharing Network, or to a scholarship fund being created in Annabelle’s name, Annabelle Forever Young Foundation Inc., 1253 Springfield Ave. Suite 107, New Providence, NJ 07974

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