Mary's Story

WAYLAND, MASS. - Mary Lou Roberts passed away on September 2nd, 2014 at a hospice in Wayland, MA, after a courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). She was born September 28th, 1946, in Utica, NY, the daughter of Lucy and Dominic Gigliuto.

Mary Lou was raised in New York Mills, NY and graduated from New York Mills High School working for several years as a bookkeeper after graduation. On February 13th, 1971 she married David Roberts and two years later they moved to Hampden, Maine. They resided there for the next 41 years, moving to Massachusetts only after she became ill. Although she was born in New York she proudly considered herself a Mainer. Mary Lou worked as a preschool teacher and also at the Bangor YWCA preschool and pool for several years. She was later a real estate agent at River Town Reality in Hampden. Her greatest joys were being a wife, mother, and grandmother, jobs at which she excelled. Never bashful about trying something new she traveled, skied, hiked, swam, cooked, attended her children's sporting events, and many other activities. As a Girl Scout leader she had as much fun as the kids, especially on camping trips. Mary Lou especially loved spending summers at the family camp on Sebec Lake and she often exclaimed "how lucky we are to have this camp to enjoy." An especially kind and giving person she was a "go to person" if anyone needed help and she loved to give it. Working as a literacy volunteer after her retirement gave her great joy and satisfaction.

She is survived by her husband, David, her children, Melissa Boucher and her husband, Jesse of Newton, MA, Linda Snow and her husband, Gary of Grantham, NH, and Michael Roberts of Boston, MA, her brother, Neil Gigliuto and wife, Gael of Arcata, CA, sister, Linda Kreimeyer of Groton, MA, grandchildren, Abby and Aidan Snow, and Samantha and Sydney Boucher, and nephew, Matthew Kreimeyer and family of Woburn, MA.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Mary Lou's memory to Literacy Volunteers of Bangor, 200 Hogan Road, Bangor, ME 04401, www.lvbangor.org. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at St. Mathews Church in Hampden, ME.
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