SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

January 26, 2013

Hazel Hubbs, 95


Sarsaota, Fla. — Hazel Hubbs died peacefully on Tuesday, January 22, at home in Sarasota, Fla., surrounded by loving family and friends. Her husband R. Widmer Hubbs died in 1989.

She is survived by her children, Kathleen Ulman and her husband, Richard of Boxford, Nancy Hubbs of Ipswich, David Hubbs and his wife, Patricia of Londonderry, N.H. She was the devoted grandmother to Elizabeth Ulman of Fort Myers Beach, Fla, Joshua Ulman and his wife Janet Brown of Reston, Va., Kristina Huberand her husband Keith of Essex, Todd Rogers and his wife Patty of Essex, and Andrew Ulman of Boxford. She also leaves nine great-grandchildren. Hazel is survived by her sister Doris Johnson and her husband Carl of Clifton Park, N.Y. and her brother Douglas Fawthrop of Schroon Lake, N.Y. and several nieces and nephews. Her brother William Fawthrop and sister Ella Dennabaum preceded her in death. She also leaves behind a dear friend, Sally Holmes who cared for her with loving devotion in the last years of her life.

Hazel was born in Clifton Park, N.Y., to William and Ermine (Fountain) Fawthrop on August 31, 1917. She and “Wid” lived in Swampscott where she devoted her younger years to caring for her family and taking on leadership positions for several community organizations and the Universalist Church. She was caring, thoughtful, fun and a good sport, and thus sought out and cherished as a friend by many. She was considered a “classy lady”. After Wid died, she created a new full life for herself in Sarasota. During the depression, she learned to carry on with determination and face the challenges of severe deprivation. Later, she called on that courage and fortitude to care for Wid during the demanding years of his Alzheimer’s disease, live gracefully and fully in spite of her loss of sight, and manage her recent congestive heart failure. Hazel never gave up. A few weeks ago she said “tomorrow I will be stronger and we will go out to lunch”.

ARRANGEMENTS: Burial will be in Clifton Park, N.Y., in the spring. Visiting hours will be held on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the home of Kathleen Ulman, 17 Elm St., Boxford. Arrangments by Alan Moore Funeral Home, Ellenton, Fla. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Tidewell Hospice, Sarasota, Florida.