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The struggles of Bill Young's widow and her feud w David Jolly



The congressman's widow couldn't stop crying.

Curled in the corner of her leather couch, clutching her new Yorkie, Camo, she sat alone in her immaculate townhouse. Love songs from the '70s wafted from the kitchen radio. Outside the doors, the sun slid toward the sea.

That evening, the first Sunday in July, was dragging on like so many others. Ten months after her husband died, she still expected him to come home.

She had built a shrine to him in her living room: Cabinets filled with congressional china, the framed flag that draped his casket, shell casings from his 21-gun salute. In the corner, an easel cradled his gilt-framed funeral portrait.

Representative C.W. Bill Young was the longest-serving Republican in Congress. He had chaired the House Appropriations Committee and represented Pinellas County for 43 years. For the last three decades, his wife, Beverly, had been by his side.

She was with him at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Oct. 18, when he died at age 82. She's 58. And had never lived alone.

Since losing him, she felt like she had lost everything: her soul mate, friends in D.C., access to military hospitals where she could be mom to her Marines. Her clout. Her filter. Her identity. Without him it seemed like she was at war with the world — feuding with her children and even the new congressman.

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