The writer and illustrator passed away at her home in Hamden, Connecticut on Monday (31Oct16) after being recently diagnosed with lung cancer, her husband Samuel Fisher Babbitt told the Associated Press.

He called her a "remarkable" and "loving and wonderful" woman and added, "She once said that her ambition was just to leave a little scratch on the rock," he said. "I think she did that with Tuck Everlasting."

She began her literary carer in 1966 when she illustrated her husband's book The Forty-Ninth Magician and went on to write more than a dozen books, some which she illustrated herself. But she is most well known for her 1975 novel Tuck Everlasting, about a girl who meets a family, the Tucks, who are immortal thanks to a spring of water.

Tuck Everlasting has been adapted into films twice; in 1981 and again by Disney in 2002. The 2002 version starred Gilmore Girls actress Alexis Bledel, William Hurt, Ben Kingsley and Sissy Spacek. It was also turned into a stage musical which opened on Broadway in April (16) and closed in May (16).

Babbitt also wrote Knee-Knock Rise, Jack Plank Tells Tales, and The Eyes of the Amaryllis, which was also adapted into a movie in 1982. She was the U.S. nominee for the biennial international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1982 and the inaugural E.B. White Award for achievement in children's literature by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Babbitt is survived by her husband, three children and three grandchildren.