Mary Lou Newburn

Mary Lou Newburn, 71, a resident of Albuquerque, NM since 2002, passed away at her home on August 16, 2013. She died after a long illness, which she fought with courage and humor. She is survived by her brother Robert Mendel Newburn and his wife Elizabeth of Aiken, SC; her nephew Edward Lawrence Newburn; and her grandnieces, Ann Elizabeth Newburn and Sydney Margaret Newburn, all of Falls Church, VA. She was a member of the First Unitarian congregation in Albuquerque and Kappa Alpha Theta national sorority. Witty and bright, Mary Lou (or ML as she preferred) forged her own unique path through life. After graduating from Purdue University, she moved to Colorado Springs where she taught English, Spanish and history. "Mama Lou," as they often called her, made a lasting impression on her students because of her high expectations, keen wit and caring nature. Upon retirement from teaching, she moved to Maine. During her time in Maine, ML volunteered as a literary specialist and a sexual abuse counselor. ML moved to New Mexico in 2002. She loved her home in sunny Albuquerque and spent many happy hours cultivating her garden, watching the gold fish in her pond and feeding the occasional turtle that wandered by. She volunteered as a kidney donation advocate and also within her church. She found loving support and intellectual stimulation in the Unitarian Universalist Church. ML was an avid traveler throughout her life, always up for a new adventure. She especially loved exploring historical sites and enjoying local cuisine. She was a master of words, corrector of grammar, growers' market devotee, and loyal and loving friend. A memorial service was held on August 18, 2013 at First Unitarian, 3701 Carlisle Blvd., NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110. Donations may be made to the , 3167 San Mateo Blvd. NE, #162, Albuquerque, NM 87110, Animal Humane New Mexico, 615 Virginia St., SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108, or to a .

Published in The Gazette on Aug. 28, 2013