In Memoriam: Mary Lou Hague
Place of Residence: New York, NY
Location on 9/11: Two WTC, 89th Floor
Occupation: Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Financial Research Analyst
Hometown: Parkersburg, WV
Dedicated Memorial Sites:
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill Memorial Garden (Chapel Hill)
"For Mary Lou, it goes way beyond aesthetic beauty. What made her different, made her well liked, was an inner beauty that can only come from a close relationship with God and from the result of strong and loving upbringing.”*
“A glow that radiated, eyes that smiled; a sense of humor, spunky and fresh. A zest for life, smiles wide and bright, a caring and compassionate soul.”*
“Mary Lou was striking-the first time I met her, she greeted me with her immense smile and huge brown eyes, so there was a curiosity on my part as to who this combination Southern Belle/Financial Whiz was.”*
“She handled herself in a social or professional situation because she had good manners and executed them with heartfelt kindness. She was always a lady. She did not have an ego.”*
At 26 years old, Mary Lou Hague was one of more than 3000 victims of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. She was employed by Keefe, Bruyette and Woods, an investment banking firm, as a financial research analyst, and worked on the 89th floor of Tower Two or the South Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.
Mary Lou was born on October 7, 1974 and grew up in Parkersburg, West Virginia. In 1992, she graduated from Parkersburg High School first in her class of 481 students. She was a class officer and involved in many school activities such as cheerleader, Red Wing Drill Team, Homecoming Court, A Cappella and Chamber Choir, Teen of the Year, and Most Outstanding High School Senior. Also active in the community, Mary Lou was a church acolyte and a hospital volunteer.
In 1996, Mary Lou graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was Vice President and Treasurer of Delta Delta Delta Sorority as well as Treasurer of the Student Congress. Mary Lou was on the Dean’s List and a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society. She volunteered at a Senior Center, for the Big Buddy Program, and in a tutoring program for at-risk children.
After working in corporate finance in Memphis, Tennessee for two years, Mary Lou’s dream came true – living in the Big Apple and being successful on Wall Street. She was gaining recognition and was quoted in the banking magazine, The American Banker, in the spring of 2001. Her life was always exciting and busy with sporting events, music concerts, and traveling. She continued her volunteering efforts by working with children as a member of the Junior League of New York City.
“She was a bright shining star who touched the hearts of so many people in unexplainable ways. She had a zest for living, emitted a kindness and compassion that endeared her to all she came in contact with.”*
Mary Lou is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Adams and Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Hague, four sisters and two brothers who miss her and love her dearly. It is their hope that Mary Lou’s story and life will be an inspiration to others.
“Her presence lighted up a room with beautiful eyes, bright smile, joyous nature, caring warmth and kindness. Gorgeous both inside and out.”*
“She possessed a grace and a sense of class that few others have. I always admired her poise and friendliness. Her sweet smile and quiet demeanor are still with me.”*
*Quotes were taken from the letters received by Mary Lou’s family.