Stella Hubbard



The Paintings of Stella Hubbard
19. Untitled
Untitled 1967
14. Something Bright For A Dark Corner Donnie 1965
9. Untitled 1968
4. Cabrillo Bridge, 1965
11. The Checkerboard Young Mothers Watching
15. Downtown San Diego, CA 1964
6. Castles in the Air
5. Untitled
12. Land Where Sun Shines #1
16. Blue Valley 1967
2. Untitled
Dear Esther
Untitled 1969
17. The San Dieguito Valley as seen from our window, April 1962
3. Happy Jungle 1969
8. Untitled
13. October Calm
7. Olivenhain School House (with gremlins)




In Remembrance of Harold and Stella Hubbard

For their children, Betty, John and Don and for all the grandchildren who knew and loved them, these few words cannot do justice to their memory or serve to recall all of the wonderful times we shared. But for the younger great-grandchildren and future generations who might wonder, let's try to describe this unique couple.

They were really a "couple" in every sense of the word, and that idea has been dominant in describing their life together. Almost never apart, except when Grandpa went to work, they were devoted to each other and to their "family", which included spouses and a few close friends.

Stella was able to do just about anything she set her mind to do. With hammer and saw she helped build the little house in Encinitas. A few garden tools and her magic touch and everything grew and bore fruit. A talented artist, she played the organ at the Methodist Church and entertained all of us at the piano and electric organ. With brushes and paint she could do a mural of full-size horses racing across a wall or a christmas scene in the patio or a life-like portrait of a grandchild. She loved her home and made it a happy place for everyone.

Harold was interested in everything, especially the latest inventions. He was among the first to have a radio, tape recorder, television set telescope with camera attached and a dark room for developing and printing his own color enlargements. Give him enough wire and friction tape and he could fix anything. Why he didn't burn down every house they lived in is still a mystery because he believed fervently in controlling everything electrical from his bed. Music was a great love and he couldn't resist buying records. Of course sales resistance was not one of his strong points anyway.

Grandpa and Grandma were great readers. They spent many happy hours reading to each other from the classics, the Bible, history, politics, art, religion. They devoured whole sets of thick volumes on civilization and philosophy.

Our warmest memories of Harold and Stella are of holidays, especially Christmas, when they invited all of the family and friends to the very long table at Del Mar. They cooked the dinner together and afterwards we all sang while Grandma jumped back and forth from the piano to the organ. And then piles of presents. Spending money at Christmas must have been Grandpa's favorite hobby.

Their life together serves as a sterling example of the meaning of "devotion" and "commitment". Their dreams for the retirement years were not realized because Stella's health failed after 70 active, fruitful years, but Grandpa fought to keep their lives together, trying everything to maintain their independence. His love never waivered and his energies were directed solely to Stella's welfare and happiness. He overcame every barrier to their staying together and she remained, as always, his Stella.

Their search for truth led them to a strong Christian faith, but they were non-judgemental and tolerant of other's sincere beliefs. They were very proud of their large family and we can all be thankful that they were there to lead us in their gentle, loving ways.




design, scanning, research, etc. - nathan hubbard
photography and scanning - kelly hubbard
photography and negative clean up - karen hubbard