Carol Jean Hubbs
Resident of: Farmington, New Mexico
Place of death: Farmington, New Mexico
Born in: Rushville, Nebraska
Parents: Albert and Marie Stephenson
Born: December 4, 1944
Died: November 8, 2021
Carol Jean Hubbs, age 76, passed away peacefully at home with her son by her side after a long battle with COPD, heart issues and finally coronavirus taking the toll on her failing organs. She was born on December 4, 1944 (always having to share her birthday with the Christmas holiday and man, did she decorate!) to Albert and Marie Stephenson in Rushville, Nebraska, close to the Pine Ridge Reservation where her father worked for the federal government as a Forestry Supervisor. She and her one brother and two sisters were raised on different federal lands and finally settled in Great Falls, Montana. Carol was the baby of the family and her siblings doted on her in addition to showing her the ropes in how to get away with mischief as well as fend for herself in any situation. She truly loved her siblings, Denny, Valerie, and Geri with unconditional love and loyalty as she grew into a beautiful young woman who gave birth to her first child, Christine, at the age of 22. After her father, Albert, died in 1968, she went on to have two more children, both boys, Jason and then Brian. All of her children ended up being resilient as she was because she raised them with intense love, a high standard of morals, and always with faith that the Lord would provide no matter what was needed for the family's survival. She forever had a special brand of humor that served her little family well during their action packed adventures and they all found a way to laugh, even during tough times, because of her unique ways in tackling life lessons. She also enjoyed all forms of artistic expression from music to painting and different hobbies such as crochet, macrame, and needlepoint. She consistently poured herself 100 into whatever she felt motivated to accomplish, such as ceramics, leatherworking, art, house redecorating, gardening, puzzles, and whatever else you can think of! Carol worked for several different businesses as a secretary, waitress, bartender, etc. throughout the years and finally settled on a federal government career with the Bureau of Land Management in Rawlins, Wyoming, in 1984 as a land management technician. It was a few years later that she met the love of her life, Howard Hubbs, and then married her best friend forever on October 22, 1993. They worked hard to build a wonderful life based on unconditional love, forgiveness and loyalty to each other, their children, extended family members and beloved friends even though Howard passed in January of 2008. Carol always spoke fondly of Howard as she missed and loved him every day until her own passing when she finally got her square dance partner back! Carol also showed her compassion and love for Howard's family as well as her own during these years by being a faithful caretaker for Howard's mother, remembering all the important dates and appointments for all family members, and always putting others before herself on a daily basis. Her older sister, Valerie, was there for her throughout their lives and they both clung to each other during the good times and the bad to the very end of Carol's short life. Our mother, the greatest woman we have ever known, is gone, but her legacy of love, compassion and forgiveness will live on for generations to come because of her will and strength to take life on by the horns.
Carol is survived by her children, Christine Jensen, Jason Lytle, and Brian Lytle, her grandchildren, Torie Jensen, Taylor Jensen, Ryley Lytle, and Lillie Lytle, and her great-grandchildren, Heath Jensen and Aurora Simpson, and her sister, Valerie Winn.
A celebration of life will be held at First Baptist Church on November 18, 2021, at 2 p.m. with family funeral procession to follow to Memorial Gardens in Marval, NM for burial. Please wear masks during this occasion to keep everyone safe and in honor of Carol.
Special thanks to her caregivers, Dr. Dan A.Dunn, San Juan Regional Medical Center, Bonnie Dallas Senior Center, First Baptist Church of Farmington and all those who befriended or assisted Carol to make the best of her situations through these difficult years.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made in the names of Carol and Howard Hubbs to the local Red Cross, Bonnie Dallas Senior Center or the Goodwill Veteran's Assistance Program for San Juan County.
Goodbye mom, we love you - Chris, Jason and Brian