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Mary Louise Hubbell

Loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend;

On January 15, 2022, Mary Lou (Langan) Hubbell passed away at the age of 73. She was the beloved wife for 46 years of Richard Hubbell, who survives her.

Born on July 14, 1948, “Le Quatorze Juillet”, the daughter of the late Ada Louise (Runnacles) Langan and the late Gerald Langan, she grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania, graduated from Marywood University and received an MBA from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

She was a passionate professional who dedicated over 30 years to the University of Massachusetts Lowell as the Director of News and Publications, building an extensive network of beloved friends and close relationships which she cherished and valued. In addition to her work at the university, she was also very proud of her contributions and years of service as a board member at the Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts.

Talented and excelling in most anything she was interested in, Mary Lou was a competitive game player who thoroughly enjoyed the spark and excitement that comes with winning. She was a trusted advisor, listener, counselor, and advocate for any and all life issues. As a hostess, Mary Lou held an annual Christmas caroling party for family, neighbors and friends, enjoying the opportunity to share her enthusiasm for the holiday season with those whom she loved. The holidays are also when her generosity and passion for shopping shone, as she showered her family with thoughtful Christmas presents she had collected for months prior.

She loved to travel, meeting people and making friends everywhere she went. Her enthusiasm for life and her genuine interest in others drew people to her. Mary Lou spent summers reading on the shores of Long Beach Island in NJ and winters on the slopes of the White Mountains, skiing into her 70’s.

She dearly loved her husband, three children, six grandchildren, and poodle, Oliver. Mary Lou is the loving mother of Benjamin Hubbell and his wife Melissa Hubbell of Germantown, TN, Matthew Hubbell and his wife Melissa Hubbell of Acton, MA, and Alice (Hubbell) Shah and her husband Samir Shah of Middleton, MA; and the proud grandmother of Eli, Ada Elizabeth, Annamarie, Nolan, Langan and Charlie; sister of Catherine Langan of Springfield, PA, Michelle Rohulich of Kingston, NH and Pierrette Meehan of Lakeville, PA.

Mary Lou will be missed and remembered by all who knew her.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Memorial Visitation on Saturday morning January 22, 2022, at the O’DONNEL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in LOWELL from 9:30 A.M. to 11: 15 followed by her Memorial Funeral Mass at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH in LOWELL at 12:00 Noon. (All City and state required social distancing procedures will be observed including the wearing of masks upon entrance into the Funeral Home and the church). Private Committal Services will be held for the family at a later date. E-condolences/directions at In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made in Mary Lou’s memory to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute or the University of Massachusetts Lowell Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) – 458-8768.

Condolences (6)
  • Mark Vincenzes
    Sorry to hear of Mary Lou's passing. She was one of the first people I met after moving to the neighborhood in 1992. We would encounter each other from time to time while walking around the neighborhood and would often have a pleasant chat. -mark
  • Renae Lias Claffey  - Feminist, storyteller, role model
    Mary Lou was a close colleague from ‘95 until 2013. It is not so much her work I remember as her joie de vivre and life advice. I looked up to her as a groundbreaking female professional - she once said she favored suits as sort of a professional armor that helped her face whatever her male colleagues might throw her way, especially when she first started her career. But most of all, Mary Lou was a mom who wanted to be remembered for that role above all others, as she once said in an interview with Bob Ellis on Sunrise. Her tales of Ben and Matt’s toddlerhood - perhaps embellished for storyteller’s effect, perhaps not! - helped me navigate my own sons’ rivalry and risk-taking behaviors. A storyteller extraordinaire and a role model - thank you for what you gave me, MLH!
  • Jose G. Martin  - Farewell, Mary Lou
    The world will be less bright with Mary Lou gone. She was a fierce fighter for truth and justice. She was unashamedly proud of her family and beautiful grandchildren and we can only imagine how deep their grief is now. To Richard, we wish strength and serenity. To her children, please seek consolation as you see her in your own children’s eyes. In our name, and in the name of our son Victor who cannot express himself any more, our family thanks you for having always been there for us. Dagma, Cassia and Jose Martin Sent from my iPhone
  • MaryAnn and Mike Durkin
    Mike and I wish to express our sympathy to all of Mary Lou’s family. We always enjoyed her company at many swim meets.
  • Nancye Tuttle  - My deepest condolences to Mary Lou's family
    Mary Lou was a joy to work with and fun to know. I had so many enjoyable encounters with her over the years when I was working at the Sun and she was at UML. My deepest sympathies to her husband, children and grandchildren. May she rest in peace with the angels.
  • Jillian DeLuca  - An added star to the night sky
    Grief fills my heart for Mary Lou and her family at the news of her passing. Though I only knew her for about 10 years, she was a passionate, fiery soul who inspired others' passion in themselves. She was always genuine and energetic, a wonderful chef and entertainer. My heart goes out to Richard, Cathie, Alice, her boys and all of Mary Lou's grandchildren who loved her very much. I am happy that she rests now, having lived such a full life. Best wishes and memories to everyone.
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