Sarah "Sally" B. Hubbard

July 24, 1920 ~ April 23, 2018 (age 97)


Sarah B. (Sally) Hubbard died Monday, April 23, 2018 at home in New Meadows, ID. She was at home with the family that loved and admired her.

She began life July 24, 1920, the daughter of British immigrants William and Mary Bennett. Sisters Jane and Betty soon followed. Her father was a minister, so they moved to various parishes throughout the country. The Bennett sisters were challenging PKs (preacher’s kids) -- hopping freight trains to get to school and creating other mischief. The family eventually settled in California where the sisters married and started their families. After several years, Sally moved her family to Meadows Valley, Idaho, and made it her forever home. Eventually she brought her parents to Idaho and cared for them until their passing.

Sally raised nine children - mostly by herself - with love, grit and determination. During the war she built planes. After the soldiers came home, she worked in a laundry. Later she helped run a turkey ranch. She spent time as a waitress, cook, house cleaner, water master and senior center coordinator. She worked for the U.S. Forest Service. To every position she brought her strong work ethic and sense of humor.

After she married Chester Hubbard she moved to his ranch and took on the work there. She enjoyed ranch life and helped with as many chores as she could. Calving was her favorite time of the year.

No matter her employment, Sally made it a priority to keep house and care for her children. She tried to attend every Meadows Valley sporting event, Christmas pageant, school play and concert. Her reward was 56 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Most conversations you had with Sally involved a story of their achievements or their mischief. They brought her great joy.

Sally was curious about life and read a lot. But, she also enjoyed an adventure. A trip to Yellow Pine was a treat. She traveled a little, mostly in the states. She visited the villages in England where her parents were raised. At 78, she participated in an archaeological dig at a mining camp near Warren. Into her 90’s she still volunteered with various groups.

Sally wanted a short obituary, and this is three times longer than she would have thought appropriate. She requested cremation and asked that her ashes be spread on the ranch she loved. She requested no service. However - in their final act of rebellion - her children have organized a simple celebration of her life for Saturday, May 12, 1:00 P.M. at the Meadows Valley Cemetery. Friends are welcome to share stories. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Meadows Valley Ambulance Service, Meadows Valley Fire Department, New Meadows United Methodist Church or charity of your choice.

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May 12, 2018

1:00 PM
Meadows Valley Cemetery
Cemetery Rd
New Meadows, Idaho 83654


New Meadows Ambulance Service
200 Hwy 95, New Meadows ID 83654
Tel: 1-208-347-3190

New Meadows Fire Dept.
200, New Meadows ID 83654
Tel: 1-208-347-3190

New Meadows United Methodist Church
201 N. Heigho St., PO Box 189, New Meadows ID 83654
Tel: 1-208-347-2427

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