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Marie Rae Miller Hubert


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Marie Rae Miller Hubert

Marie Rae Miller Hubert died on Dec. 20, 2014, in Torrington, Wyo., at age 94.

Hubert wore many caps, including pilot, teacher, artist, mother, wife, grandma, great-grandma and world traveler.

Born in Steubenville, Ohio, on Sept. 17, 1920, to Raymond and Marie Miller, she graduated from Muskingham College in 1942 with a teaching degree. She always wanted to fly, so decided to get her pilot's license. She started flying in 1944, got her private license in 1945 and commercial license in 1946. She signed up to fly planes across the Atlantic during World War II, but the war ended before she was called. She taught aeronautics classes to young men in Maryland, and was a high school teacher for over three decades, specializing in Spanish, Latin, world geography, Florida history and journalism. She took many cross-country flights in her Piper Cub, and later in her Forney Aircoupe. It was always interesting when she landed at airports and out stepped a beautiful woman pilot.

On Feb. 18, 1949, she married Frederick Emil Hubert, 26 years her senior, and they had many adventures, including getting caught in a hailstorm that tore hundreds of holes in canvas wings, an emergency landing on a farm, and lots of duct tape. She became a mom at age 40 and shared her love of travel with her daughter, who accompanied her on numerous trips by plane, car, motor home and ship. Hubert traveled to all 50 states, including a solo car trip to Alaska at age 76; Mexico, Canada, most of Europe and the Caribbean. She was an accomplished oil painter, gardener, writer and poet and amateur meteorologist. She loved to read, do crossword puzzles, crochet and bowl. She belonged to the AOPA, Silver Wings and Lions Club. She lived in nine states over 94 years and took pride in planting numerous trees in all of them.

She was preceded in death by her husband Fred, her sister Faith Hope Lee, brothers-in-law Raymond Lee and Marshall DePue, and Marie's beloved dog Kirby, who traveled with her in her motor home.

She is survived by daughter Karen (Kevin) Madigan of Torrington, Wyo.; sister Rosemary DePue of Zephyrhills, Fla.; two grandchildren, Sean (Victoria) Madigan of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Kaylee Madigan of Torrington, Wyo.; three great-grandchildren, Xathena Rae Madigan, Kynzi Ryanne Madigan, and Lane Cian Patrick Madigan; nieces Marsha Rae DePue Otto, Sherry Lee Gamble, Cynthia Lee, Sandra DePue Carruth, and Daphne DePue Hager; and nephew Raymond Lee.

Cremation occurred; and donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity or St. Jude's Children's Research Hospitals.


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