Margaret (Nielsen) Hubbard was born on April 17, 1923 at the Abbey Hospital in Miles City, the only child of Anton (Tony) and Mary (Nordin) Nielsen. Ninety-five wonderful, well-lived years later she passed away peacefully on September 5, 2018.
Margaret spent her youth on the family farm in Hathaway. She loved riding her horses and caring for her animals. As an only child, she held a special bond with her “double cousin” Totty; as her dad Tony and Uncle Soren had married two sisters, her mom Mary and Aunty Esther. With both a mom and an aunt as former school teachers, education was a priority, a value instilled on generations to come. She graduated Valedictorian of the Rosebud High School Class of 1940. Following graduation, she attended business school and began working as an accountant.
She was swept off her feet by a dashing red-headed Army man, Walter (Red) Hubbard. After a brief courtship, they married on July 4, 1943 at Fort Ord, California. While Red served in the Army, they lived in various locations later returning to the farm in Hathaway where they raised three kids – Dennis, Joan and Mark. While in Hathaway they farmed, they watched their kids grow and their family expand. Diane (Dennis), Dave (Joan) and Linda (Mark) joined the crew, and so began many of the family traditions we all loved so much.
When Red and Margaret retired, they moved to Forsyth. By then, their family had grown to include eight grand kids, which they spoiled. In fact, most of the time, they had a few in tow as we traveled in bunches. They spent many days taking grandkids for rides/trips complete with a goody-bag, pulling off a prank, or sitting around the kitchen table focused on an overly competitive game of Monopoly or Spoons. It was always an adventure at grandma’s house. She lost her mom in 1988 and Red in 1990, which was very difficult for her. Then came the great-grandkids and another generation to love and follow.
Growing up through the depression, she understood the value of items. She was frugal and organized. Forever the accountant, she kept detailed notes and lists of many things. She took great pleasure in growing a bountiful garden, ensuring each row was weed free. She made the best pickles and salsa, favorites among her family members. In her later years, she learned how to navigate a computer, conquering Facebook. She loved staying connected with her family and making new Facebook friends. A random google search led to the discovery of extended family in Sweden she had never met, and she friended them too. She was a master at jigsaw puzzles, a hobby she spent countless hours working on, especially while living in the nursing home. She enjoyed help from RHCC staff and family members and when she finished one, she loved sharing the final product on Facebook. Lastly, she loved and spoiled her dogs and grand-dogs including Popsicle, Katie, Demon, Cricket, Fritzy and Cleo. They too went for many rides with her.
Margaret had a great life, one well spent. She was devoted to her family and loved us all very much. The legacy she leaves is deeply rooted in the memories she created with her family and the values she lived and instilled in us. She lives on in our hearts. Those who went before her include her parents, Tony & Mary, her Uncle Soren & Aunt Esther, her cousin Totty, who tragically drowned at age 14, and her son-in-law Dave Leinwand. She leaves behind her kids Dennis (Diane), Joan Leinwand and Mark (Linda) and a brother-in-law Charles (Zibute) Hubbard. Her grandkids and great kids include Lisa Leinwand, Kelli (Paul) Hofer with Ryan & Lainie, Nick (Mindy) Hubbard with Morgan & Cannon, Kirk Leinwand with Jacob, Jayson & Jarret, Kerri Millhollin with Miranda & Kaylee, Beth Leinwand, Jennifer (Scott) Anderson with Cooper & Tucker, and Michael (Jane) Leinwand with Tyson & Lindsey.
Margaret will be laid to rest on Friday September 14, 2018. Services will be held at 10:00 AM at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Forsyth, Montana with burial in the Forsyth Cemetery. If you would like to honor Margaret’s life, please consider giving to a charity of your choice, or to the Community Foundation of Northern Rosebud County PO Box 1395 Forsyth, MT 59327.