Mary M. (McNally) Hirbour, 98 of Lowell, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 16, 2023 at D’Youville Senior Health Care Center. She was the widow of the late Donald F. Hirbour with whom she shared 59 years of marriage before he passed away in 2007.
Born in Lowell on March 21, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Walter E. and Mary (McQuade) McNally. Her upbringing took place in the Highlands neighborhood, where she received her education at St. Margaret Parochial School and later graduated from St. Patrick's High School. She furthered her education by graduating from St. Joseph's School of Nursing, ultimately becoming a Registered Nurse.
Mary initiated her nursing journey at St. Joseph's Hospital in Lowell, where she served in the nursery. Later, she transitioned to the Bedford Veterans Hospital, where she held the position of a supervisor, dedicatedly caring for veterans until her retirement.
Throughout her life, Mary remained a resident of the Highlands and was a dedicated parishioner of St. Margaret of Scotland Parish in Lowell. She enjoyed spending summers with family at her cottage on Lake Winnisquam; and winters in Northport, Florida at their winter home. Above all, she will be remembered as the matriarch of her family, exemplifying devotion in her roles as a wife, mother, and grandmother.
She is survived by her four children, Fred Hirbour and his wife, Lisa of Douglas, MA, Janice M. Hovey and her husband, Bob of Chelmsford, Joan M. Hogan of Chelmsford, and Gary T. Hirbour of Methuen; 8 grandchildren, Christine Hogan, Donna Stoddard, Timothy Hirbour, Ryan Durney, Kerri Rituper, Jamie Hirbour, Jennifer Hogan and Erin Keady and also her 11 great grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and her husband, she was predeceased by her son in law, the late Keith Hogan of Chelmsford; and her siblings.
On Wednesday, September 20, 2023 all are welcome to attend her calling hours from 4-8 p.m. at McDonough Funeral Home, 14 Highland Street, Lowell, 978-458-6816. Her funeral will begin on Thursday morning at 9 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by her funeral mass at 10 a.m. at St. Margaret of Scotland Parish, 374 Stevens Street, Lowell. Procession will follow for burial at St. Patrick Cemetery also in Lowell. Please find us on Facebook or visit use this website to leave the family a message of condolence.