Ethel Lee (Deibel) Hubbard, 67, passed away December 24th, 2014 of Multiple Myeloma.Lee Hubbard was born the youngest of 4 kids to Buster and Gladys (Bird) Deibel on February 18, 1947 near Olive, Mt. She attended the Wolf Creek rural school until the school buses started to run in the spring of 1959. During her school years Lee was a member of the Mizpah 4-H club, participated in music, FHA and became a member of the Baptist Church in Broadus. In 1965 Lee graduated from Powder River County High School, and in 1969 she graduated from MSU in Bozeman with a bachelor degree in Home Economics Education with a minor in Library Science. She started her teaching career in Chester on the Montana “highline”. After two years it was off to live in Bozeman, and become the librarian at Belgrade (both places she had the elementary and high school libraries and taught Jr. High Home Ec.) In 1973 Lee married William Brent Hubbard in Bozeman’s Grace Bible Church. In 1975 she worked at a bridal salon in Bozeman. In 1975 Brent went to work for a furniture store and they choose to move to Scottsdale, AZ. Lee took a job at Trailside Galleries. Selling art became Lee’s career for the next 20 years. Besides Scottsdale, she spent five summers at the Trailside Galleries in Jackson, WY, and managed a satellite gallery in the Phoenix Airport. In 1987 Lee moved to Monterey, CA to work at the GWS Galleries in Carmel, CA. In 1996 Lee moved to Wickenburg, AZ to help her brother, Myron, start up a Super 8 Motel. In 1999 she moved back to Montana to help her mom and dad on the ranch and she became reacquainted with her hometown. She soon realized there was no place like the area she grew up in and decided to stay. In 2002 Lee became the curator of the Powder River Historical Museum, a job she held until her death. In 2005 Lee moved into Broadus to live in a triplex she had built. She resided there until her death. Lee was active in her church, Faith Bible, belonged to the Broadus Homemakers and was a member of the Coalwood Ladies Aid. Lee had a passion for preserving the history of Powder River County, which is evident in the many improvements that were made in the museum. Lee loved art and had many artists as friends. She was a caregiver and a good friend to many people. Lee also sang in the community choir, a love she had started with in school.
Lee is preceded in death by her parents and both sets of grandparents. She is survived by her beloved dog Tiffany; brothers, Myron (Betsy) Deibel of Wickenburg, AR. , Jack (Mary Lou) Deibel of Miles City, MT and a sister, Doris (Harley) Abarr of Forsyth, MT, 4 nieces, Jackee (Craig ) Randall of Broadus, Mt., Wendee (Aaron) Essex, Karalee (Warren) Fritz, Kristee (Ward) Weischedel all of Miles City, MT, one nephew, John Abarr of Great Falls, MT, 12 great nephews and nieces, and 2 great great nieces. 5 step-nieces: Shelley(Tracey) Zastoupil, Tammy(Mark) Gnerer, Teresa(Dennis) Dorvall, Tracy(Gilbert) Speelman, Stephanie(Jestin) Nedens, 1 step-nephew, Gregory(Alicia) Minow, and 16 step-great nieces and nephews. Lee is also survived by her former husband, Brent Hubbard and a sister-in-law, Peggy Jones.
Memorials may be made to the Powder River Historical Museum, Powder River Farm in the Dell or the charity of one’s choice.
Visitation will be held on Monday, December 29, 2014 from 1:00-6:00 p.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Broadus. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Faith Bible Church in Broadus. Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Broadus is in charge of the arrangements.