Geraldine Clare Hubbard 1923 — 2018

Geraldine Clare Hubbard

Geraldine Hubbard-“A Life Lived”

“Keep your head down!” Geraldine could be heard saying to her closest golfing friends and at least one of her children after they completely missed the golf ball. She was passionate about the game and the Kamloops Golf Club…but “never got any better at it”.

Geraldine was always modest about her accomplishments. She was painter in her earlier years and transitioned those artistic talents into a prolific output of artfully designed quilts. Many younger quilters paid homage to her artistry and technical abilities. The most remarkable aspect of this consuming passion was her dedication to working with other quilters in helping to raise money for the Kamloops Hospital Auxiliary raffles. It was a 35 year journey and the happiness it gave Geraldine was incalculable.  Even in her 94th year she was thinking about fabric and design and would force herself to work in spite of her gnarled hands and aching back.

From a generation of women who mostly stayed home and raised children Geraldine summoned the courage to start an in-home kindergarten while still extending unconditional love and attention to her five children. The business was a 16 year success.

Some people have a “green thumb” and some don’t. Gardening for Geraldine was arguably a religious experience as every flower, shrub or tree that she planted or cared for flourished and they all mattered to her.  She wasn’t actually observed talking to them but it wouldn’t be a stretch to have called her a “garden whisperer”.

As finances allowed in her middle years she and her husband Bill travelled to many exotic places throughout the world. Her adventures became conversation points with her inquisitive children.

It has to be said that Geraldine was a loyal and devoted friend to many women in Kamloops and one still living in Victoria.

As a mother she exceeded all expectations and was always present with each of her five children. Given her intelligence and general knowledge of the world at large she could engage them with ease and understanding.  Each loved her in their own way.

Geraldine passed away peacefully in Kamloops B.C. on May26, 2018.

She is survived by her sons, William (Bill) Hubbard, wife Kim. Nick Hubbard, wife Linda, Pete Hubbard, wife Lisa and daughters Kathy Danchuk, husband Ian Douglas, Ayn Cargill, and husband Richard .She is also survived by her grandchildren, Sean Danchuk, Coral Keehn, Dylan Cargill, Tyler Cargill, Cole Hubbard, Carrie Campbell, Courtney Hubbard and Nigel Hubbard.  Her grandchildren produced 11 great grandchildren and a legacy for all time.

There will not be an official celebration of Life for Geraldine, however, we ask that you think of her and honour her in you very individual way.

We can no longer

See you with our eyes,

Touch you with our hands,

But we will feel you in our hearts forever.

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4 Tributes

  1. Shelley R.(McQuay)
    Posted May 30, 2018 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    To all of you, so sorry for your loss, you mom was an amazing lady. And right up, my mom and your mom still got together for their once a year special lunch. Your mom always had time to stop and say hello. She will be missed. Know I am thinking of you at this time. Take care and enjoy the memories.

  2. Brenda Fisher
    Posted May 30, 2018 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    Ted and I send our condolences to the family. We feel very fortunate to have had her in our lives and loved sharing a meal or a glass of wine over some great stories. Geraldine was a special addition to our neighbourhood and will be missed.
    Brenda and Ted Fisher

  3. Willa Dale
    Posted May 30, 2018 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    We at the RIH Quilters will miss Geraldine very much. She was a true inspiration to us all. My condolences to the family. Willa Dale

  4. Heather Cronk Gell
    Posted June 6, 2018 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    Kathy my sincere sympathy to you and Ian.

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