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Mrs. Mary Lou Langlet passed away on September 9, 2021. She departed this life at her homestead in Charles Town, West Virginia, surrounded by her loving son, Mark Langlet, and her wonderful caretakers, Deanna and David Smith. 

Mary Lou was born on December 8, 1927, to John and Louella Lovelace. In addition to her parents, Mary Lou was preceded in death by her brothers Albert Lovelace and John Lovelace. She also was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Dr. Jules Langlet, who practiced as a surgeon and family doctor in Charles Town for half a century.

Mary Lou is survived by her son, Mark Langlet, and her daughter-in-law, Anne Coughlin. She also is survived by her brother, George Walter Lovelace, and his wife, Kathleen Lovelace.

Mary Lou’s granddaughter, Hannah Langlet Boitet, was the light of her life. Mary Lou is survived by Hannah and her husband, Jarrod Boitet. She also is survived by three great- grandsons, Ian, Colton, and Benjamin Boitet, who brought her great joy with their bright smiles and mischievous personalities.

Mary Lou was beautiful, smart, strong, and fearless. When she was a young woman, she learned how to fly a plane. After graduating with a B.S. degree from James Madison University in Virginia, she did research at Merck Pharmaceutical Co. and taught high school for a year in Maryland. She then went on to study nursing at Johns Hopkins University, where she met and fell in love with her future husband, Jules Langlet. Among other nursing assignments, she worked as an emergency room nurse with supervisory duties, and she helped her husband establish his successful practice by working as a nurse in his office. Over the years, she became an expert skier and ski instructor, she traveled to numerous foreign countries, she learned how to scuba dive, and she designed and oversaw the creation of a memorable home. More than anything else, she was devoted to her son, Mark Langlet, and her family, and loved spending time in their company.

The family is enormously grateful to Deanna and David Smith for their faithful and meticulous care for Mary Lou during her final months. We also express thanks to the Hospice of the Panhandle for their expert and kind assistance during Mary Lou’s final days.

The family will receive visitors at the Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, 256 Halltown Road, Harpers Ferry, WV, on Friday, September 17, 2021, from 2-4 p.m.

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