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Mary T. (Estrella) “Teri” LaBella

March 1st, 2021

Mary T. (Estrella) “Teri” LaBella, age 73, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on February 26, 2021, surrounded by her loving family.

Teri was the beloved wife of John F. Doherty, devoted mother of Stacy M. LaBella of Billerica and loving grandmother, “Vavo”, of Cecilia “Cicey” Taucher. She was the cherished daughter of the late Anthony and Mary (Vieira Garcia) Estrella, dear sister of John Estrella & his wife Diane of Billerica, Rosalie “Rose” Fitch & her husband John of Wilmington and the late Anthony “Tony” Estrella. Teri is also survived by her nephews Joshua, Jacob & Justin Fitch, her sister-in-law Joanne Doherty & her partner Larry Howarth, both of Lowell, as well as many friends.

Teri was an English major who graduated from Merrimack College; reading was her lifetime love, and she could always be found with a book in hand, especially when at her favorite place, the beach. She became a teacher of Chinese cooking, sharing her expertise with others, and her love of cooking continued through the many classes she took with her daughter and granddaughter.

She loved to travel and to experience art and culture; she loved to spend simple nights at home entertaining and enjoying the company of her family and friends. She loved crafting and sharing her skills with her granddaughter; she loved curling up with a book on a rainy afternoon and escaping into a story. She loved a good movie, she loved a good laugh, and she loved her “world”, as she told her husband, daughter and granddaughter on one of their last days together. Her memory will continue on always, in the stories that will be shared by those that loved her.

Teri, along with her husband John, were very active in the Wilmington Rotary Club and are owners of Wilmington Insurance Agency, Inc. She always gave of her time and talents to help her community, as an active member of the Wilmington Garden Club and in a multitude of other ways.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, March 5th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Masks are required to be worn while in the Funeral Home. A “Celebration of Life” will be held upon a future date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Teri’s memory to Wilmington Memorial Library, 175 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA 01887.

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12 Entries in Guest Book for “Mary T. (Estrella) “Teri” LaBella”

  1. Lorraine Butler says:

    She is now resting in peace

  2. Pat King says:

    Teri was a wonderful lady. She will be missed. Pat King WPD Retired

  3. Bob Olson says:

    Stacy, I’m very sorry for your loss, may your Mom Rest In Peace ????

  4. Anne Coates says:

    Sorry for your loss she was a wonderful lady my prayers are with you

  5. Cathy Baker says:

    John,
    My heartfelt sympathy on the loss of Teri. I can’t believe such a kind, caring and wonderful lady has been taken so quickly. After so many years as an insurance customer of you two, I can’t believe I won’t see or speak to her again. Just a terrible loss to all who knew her. Rest In Peace Teri. You will be so missed.

  6. Susan Carson says:

    John,

    I am so sorry to hear about Terry. She was a wonderful person and I enjoyed catching up with her every time I called the insurance agency. She would talk about your family and all your trips to Disney. I know this is a very difficult time for you and your family. But hold your memories close and I am sure they will bring you comfort. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  7. The Carlin Family says:

    John and family , our deepest sympathies, Teri was always great to speak with for our insurance needs and we got to know her through the years , she will be greatly missed, thoughts and prayers.

  8. Deborah K Ellison says:

    Sending deepest sympathy to Teri’s family. I met Teri at Merrimack College in 1971, and we became fast friends. Over the years we lost touch, but I remember her as being sweet and quick to laugh. Find peace in your wonderful memories. God bless.

  9. Jennifer Stokes says:

    My condolences to your family. Teri was so very kind and she will be missed.

  10. Susan hewitt says:

    John and family,
    I was so sorry to hear of Terri s passing. My husband and I were customers of wilmington insurance for many years and were always treated well. She was kind and I always enjoyed conversing with her.may she rest in peace and may your happy memories help you through this difficult time.

  11. Frank West says:

    Karen and I are saddened to hear of Teri’s passung. May God bless her and her families now and always! Karen and Frank West

  12. Yvette and Dennis Rooney says:

    John,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. I always looked forward to the annual visit to take care of business and catch up with the town happenings. She was a lovely lady and we shall miss her.

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