Hudson – Mary E. Akins (McMullen), 78, a longtime resident of Hudson, died in Northborough Wednesday, May 7, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. She was the loving wife of the late William F. Akins of Hudson, who died in 2012, with whom she would have celebrated 50 years of marriage May 9.
Mary was born in Boston, daughter of Warren and Catherine (Murley) McMullen. She was a graduate of Cambridge High and Latin, and was inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame.
She worked for 11 years at New England Telephone and for 21 years in the Acton school system as a switchboard receptionist.
She resided in Hudson for 41 years and worked the voting polls for many years. She was a member of Saint Michael's Parish in Hudson. Most of all, she was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.
She is survived by her three children, Janice Akins-Fournier and her husband David of Northborough, William John Akins and his wife Jill of Pembroke, and Susan Burns and her husband William of Stow. She is also survived by her three grandchildren, Henry Fournier and Nicole and Katelyn Burns; her brother-in-law, Jack Bowles, husband of her late twin sister Catherine Bowles; her sister-in-law, Judy Akins, wife of the late Paul Akins; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her siblings, Doris Zeman, Warren McMullen, and her twin, Catherine Bowles.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, May 12, at 11 a.m., in St. Michael Church, 21 Manning St., Hudson. Burial will follow in Forestvale Cemetery, Hudson. Calling hours will be held Saturday, May 10, from 4 – 7 p.m., at the Tighe-Hamilton Funeral Home, 50 Central St., Hudson.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio St., Suite 304, Chicago, IL 60611 or the Music Program at VNA Care Network and Hospice, 120 Thomas St., Worcester, MA 01608.