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Mary Lou Roberts

September 17, 1942January 8, 2020

Mary Lou Roberts (Mooney), 77, of Eastham, passed away on Wednesday, January 8 2020. Born in Clovis, NM in 1942, only child of the late Jim Henry and Eva Gertrude Mooney. Survived by her children, Greg Roberts and his wife Ernestina of San Diego, CA and Cara Lynn Mahoney and her husband Michael of Bolton, MA, and her seven grandchildren, Ryan, Owen, Benjamin, Sam, Nina, Cara, and Gregory, as well as extended family, amazing friends, and lively neighbors.

Mary Lou earned her Ph.D from the University of Michigan - Stephen M. Ross School of Business in 1971. She went on to teach Marketing and Management classes for many years at UMASS Boston and Harvard University Extension School. She was a senior author at Cengage Learning writing text books about Internet Marketing Strategies and Social Media Marketing. Outside of work, she loved to travel, read, support Mass Audubon, was a certified Master Gardener, and proud owner of her beloved rescue dog Reese.

No services are currently planned. The family will gather later in the year for a private memorial to honor the life of their mother, friend, and Grammy. Donations in Mary Lou’s memory can be made to Mass Audubon via https://www.massaudubon.org.


  • No services are currently planned. The family will gather later in the year for a private memorial to honor the life of their mother, friend, and Grammy.


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Joyce Jenks

January 17, 2020

It was a pleasure working with Mary Lou as she chaired the first Master Gardener tour committee for Cape Cod's annual Hydrangea Festival. She was unassuming and shared so much of her computer media
knowledge, ensuring that the tours were a great success. Never knew she was DR. Mary Lou! A lovely lady, she will be missed. My condolences to your family.

Robert Fellows

January 15, 2020

Professor Roberts was the cyber security columnist for capecodtoday.com, a Cape Cod news site.

It was truly a privilege to work with Mary Lou. She had a deep concern for seniors falling victim to cyber scams and malware. Her amazing talent for words enabled her to bring the most complex technical issue down to terms that any non-tech-savvy reader could understand.

I have no doubt that her work spared hundreds of our readers from being victimized by cyber criminals.

We will so miss Mary Lou's compassion for others and her towering intellect.

Warm regards,
Robert Fellows, Editor & Publisher

Lisa B

January 15, 2020

My deepest condolences to you and your family during this time. Your mother was an amazing woman and she will truly be missed.

Heather Stevens

January 14, 2020

We live across the street and made daily memories with you and Reese. As we talked daily over his protective barking of you, we now understand how special you are. We miss seeing you two playing ball and enjoying a glass of wine in your Adirondack chair in the front yard. We will miss both of you.

Cindy Marvin

January 14, 2020

I was saddened by the news of Marylou passing. Over the past few months I have gotten to know her as a member of the Master Gardner speakers bureau. She was a delight to work with.
Last November she emailed me that she was going to take a break from analyzing some survey data and spray paint her propane tank. A few hours later she let me know that the propane tank was green and Reese was not.
I will miss her guidance and sense of humor.

Melissa Caughey

January 14, 2020

MaryLou was such an incredible friend and mentor. I had the honor of meeting and knowing her through the Master Gardener program. She was passionate and such a giving friend. I will miss her very much, as we grew close in the program. I feel blessed to have known her and send my deepest condolences to you for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.