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September 2, 1928 - December 2, 2019
Norma Loene (Miller) Hubbell (91) of Lima, Ohio. Passed to greater glory
December 2, 2019. Widow of John D. Hubbell, M.D.
Born September 2, 1928 in Pleasantville, Ohio. Daughter of A. Edgar
Miller and Emma G. (Peters) Miller. Norma, along with her brother,
Wendell, and sister, Joanne Lambert, grew up on the family farm outside
of Centerburg, Ohio. Norma attended Centerburg High School where she
played saxophone in the concert and marching bands. After graduation in
1946, Norma attended Columbus Business College before marrying the love
of her life on June 25, 1949, in Centerburg.
Her family and friends were Norma’s focus. The union of Norma and John
was blessed with 3 children, Susan L. Hubbell, M.D. of Lima, John A.E.
Hubbell, D.V.M. (Shelley) of Paris, Kentucky, and David D. Hubbell, M.D.
(Alice) of Cartersville, Georgia; 2 grandchildren, Meghan M. Hubbell of
Dublin, Ohio and James A.E. Hubbell (Andrea) of Bowling Green, Ohio; and
3 great grandchildren, Connor, Charlotte, and Chloe. Numerous cousins,
nieces and nephews, and their families enjoyed her hospitality,
especially her chocolate cakes, fresh strawberry pie, and above all, her
famous peanut butter fudge, which to this day is unequaled, despite
innumerable attempts by the rest of the family.
Norma was an avid sports fan at all levels of competition. Her favorite
teams, Centerburg High, Lima Senior High, and the Ohio State Buckeyes,
all shared the colors scarlet and grey and she wore them proudly. Each
year, John and Norma attended the Ohio High School boys’ basketball
tournament at St. John Arena, despite having to scalp tickets to share
in the excitement. She particularly enjoyed watching the family’s
harness horses race at the Ohio county fairs, where she renewed
friendships with the folks in the grandstands each year. Ohio State
football games were a staple of the calendar in the fall.
Norma and John were active supporters of the sports and arts programs of
Lima Senior High School holding football and basketball season tickets
and attending Holiday in Harmony long after their children had
matriculated. Both were patrons of the performing arts enjoying Kenley
Players productions in Columbus and Dayton, Amil Tellers’ productions
and Lima Symphony and Friends of Music concerts at every opportunity.
Both she and John enjoyed experiencing the world, travelling to Russia
and China and embarking on numerous cruises including trips on the Queen
Elizabeth II, voyages to Antarctica around Cape Horn, and their
favorite, visits to Alaska.
Norma lived by the golden rule. One of her children’s early memories is
providing food to the servicemen and women travelling on the trains that
stopped in Lima as part of Lima’s “Serviceman’s Free Canteen”. Three of
her most memorable truths were: “Don’t eat your meal in front of someone
else unless you brought enough food for two”; “If you can’t say
something nice, don’t say anything at all” and “You are only as good as
your word”. She quietly set a standard for the family to aspire to
through her example.
A private, graveside ceremony will be held in Centerburg. The family
would like to especially thank our friends, Nancy Riegle, Marie
VonderEmbse, and Roger Bice, and Ruth Suter and her coworkers from Home
Instead for helping us care for our parents. Thanks also to St. Rita’s
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the John D. and Norma L.
Hubbell Family Scholarship Fund at The Ohio State University-Lima or the
charity of your choice. The family has entrusted the CHILES-LAMAN
FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, SHAWNEE CHAPEL in assisting them with
funeral arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at