Posted: August 21st, 2013

Our mother, Rose Christine Hubbard, went to be with the Lord on June 21, 2013 at the age of 91 with her youngest daughter Michele by her side. She will be lovingly remembered by eight children: John (Mabel Schafer), Medicine Hat, AB; Judy Bastura (Stan), Taber, AB; Dorothy Hicks (David), Moose Jaw, SK; Margo Krecsy (Mark), Regina, SK; Jeanne Hoag (Dale), Moose Jaw, SK; Gordon (Val), Regina, SK; Perry (Debbie) Kipling, SK; Michele Crabtree (John), Medicine Hat, AB; twenty-six grandchildren; forty-one great grandchildren; six great great grandchildren; sister-in-law Marie Vedres, Lethbridge, AB; son-in-law Norman Hull, Redcliff, AB; numerous nieces, nephews and many friends. Mom was predeceased by loving husband Lowell (June 21,1990); daughter Betty Hull; infant great grandson Dominique Hubbard; son-in-law Mike Lukacs; daughter-in-law Susan Hubbard; her parents Joe and Elizabeth Vedres; 6 brothers and 4 sisters; father and mother-in-law Noel and Ione Hubbard; as well as brothers and sisters-in-law. Mom was born in Atwater, SK on August 30, 1921 and lived in various areas of Saskatchewan during her upbringing. She and her husband Lowell were married October 21, 1940 at Lake Lenore, SK. They moved to southern Alberta in 1941 and eventually settled in Lethbridge, AB. In 1963 Lowell joined the ministry of the United Church of Canada serving pastoral charges in Gravelbourg, Marquis, and Kipling, SK. In 1980 they moved back to Alberta to Coaldale, then to Lethbridge; and finally moving to Medicine Hat in 1990 where she has resided ever since. Rose joined the United Church in 1947 and until recently was a very active member. She was a chartered member of the Lethbridge First United Church U.C.W., held offices as an elder, delegate to Presbytery and Conference, U.C.W., president, unit president, treasurer, catering convener and executive of Presbytery Mission, Stewardship and Finance. She sang in church and community choirs and helped with Sunday school, Youth Groups, and cooked at Church Camps. She was also a member of many community service groups: Willing Workers in Grantham, AB, Ladies Aid and Royal Purple in Milk River, Legion auxiliary and Hospital Guild in Kipling, and kitchen convener at the Coaldale Senior Citizens organization. She was a member of the Life Goes On Group in Medicine Hat after Dad’s passing. Besides being a very busy homemaker, Mom was employed by the Broder Canning Company in Lethbridge, Kipling Hospital (dietary), and the Christian Book Store in Coaldale. Mom loved serving others and her community volunteering at the Hospital and Neighbourhood Kitchen in Medicine Hat. Although Mom loved serving others, her greatest joy was being a loving wife and mother, grandmother, great grandmother, special aunt and friend. Not only did she raise a large family of her own, she fostered two babies and a 10 year old girl. Mom always had room for one or several more and enjoyed the many visits from family and friends. She loved to cook and bake, sew, crochet, play cards and games, read and write. I2012 "The Caboose Story" was completed and published for the enjoyment of family and friends. Mom had an amazing memory and never forgot a birthday, anniversary or special occasion. She loved all sports and enjoyed watching her grandchildren and great grandchildren play. The Blue Jays were her favorite baseball team and even while hospitalized she enjoyed watching them, especially pleased they had won 8 in a row! After their retirement, Mom and Dad enjoyed traveling. They went to California and took numerous camping trips but their most meaningful vacation was to the Holy Land. After Dad’s passing, Mom continued traveling via Greyhound bus earning the nickname "rambling Rose" by her many relatives who welcomed her visits. Mom was always there when we needed a hand with babysitting or moving and travelled between our homes for special events and ceremonies. Mom had strong Christian values and believed in the power of prayer. She had strong faith, unwavering devotion and love that never ended. She will be dearly missed! Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at WESTMINSTER UNITED CHURCH, 101 – 6th Street SE, Medicine Hat, on Wednesday from 12:00 to 12:55 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held in WESTMINSTER UNITED CHURCH on Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Leroy Angle officiating. Interment will follow in the Family Plot at Hillside Cemetery. Memorial gifts in Rose’s memory may be made to the Westminster United Church Memorial Fund, 101 – 6th Street SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 1G7, or to the United Church of Canada Mission and Service Fund, 3250 Bloor Street West, Suite 300, Toronto, Ontario, M8X 2Y4, or to the Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation, #124, 430 – 6th Avenue SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 2S8. Condolences may be sent through or or to subject heading Rose Hubbard. Funeral arrangements arentrusted to SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATORIUM, "The Chapel in the Park", Medicine Hat, Alberta. Should you wish any additional information, please telephone 1-800-317-2647.

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