Ann Luby Snell, 74, passed away peacefully on October 20, 2019 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers after a five year battle with lung cancer. She is survived by her devoted husband of fifty-four years, Wayne, and four children and their families.
Ann was born on January 21, 1945 in Hartford, CT to the late William and Kathleen (Gorman) Luby. She was an only child raised by her mother after her father passed away when Ann was seven. She grew up and attended high school in Manchester, CT.
In 1964 she married Wayne Snell after being set up on a blind date by her aunt and future mother in law. They started married life in Manchester, CT but moved to the north shore of Boston, living in Peabody and Beverly before ultimately settling in Boxford where they raised their family. After raising her children Ann pursued further education, first graduating from Salem State with a Bachelors Degree and then continuing on with a Masters Degree from Boston University. She was a clinical therapist for over 15 years in the Newburyport community. As Ann and Wayne neared retirement they relocated to Newburyport and eventually West Newbury where she lived until the time of her death.
Ann was deeply devoted to her family. As an only child, Ann was determined to have a large family. She proudly accomplished that with her four sons, four daughter-in-laws and ten grandchildren ranging in ages from 7 mos. to 22 years. She delighted in her grandchildren and was there for every monumental occasion from recitals and school plays to first communions and graduations. And she never missed a birthday- which was quite a feat with eighteen family members! Ann also had an abundance of very dear and close friends. Some of her friendships were formed through the "Seven Sisters or Sew" quilt group of which Ann was an active member, the La Salette Shrine in Ipswich and through the Emma L. Andrews Library where she was a volunteer and officer. All those groups encapsulated her favorite pastimes: quilting, beautiful music and reading. Ann also embraced and was deeply proud of her Irish heritage. You could always rely on her for a cup of tea, a tasty treat and cozy conversation.
Ann will be greatly missed and dearly remembered by so many. She is survived by her husband, Wayne Snell of West Newbury, and their children: David and Renee Snell of Maryville, TN; Timothy and Stacy Snell of Derry, NH; Matt and Aideen Snell of Andover, MA and Michael and Janis Snell of Newburyport, MA. She was an adored grandmother by her ten grandchildren: Julia, Erica, Sadie, Lindy, Maeve, Ronan, Declan, Cameron, Tate and Serena. She was lovingly engaged in all of our lives and will be missed terribly.
Family and friends may call from 4:00 to 7:00 PM on Wednesday October 23, 2019 at the Twomey, LeBlanc, & Conte Funeral Home 193 High St. Newburyport, MA 01950. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 AM on Thursday October 24, 2019 at Immaculate Conception Church 42 Green St. Newburyport. Burial will be private at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made in Ann’s name to the American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK 73123, or to the Kaplan House in care of Care Dimensions 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102 Danvers, MA 01923.
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