Ethel Russell Hubbard

November 02, 1905 ‒ June 28, 2014

Delaware, Ohio

Hubbard Ethel I

Ethel Hubbard, age 108, a Delaware centenarian passed away Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Wintersong Village Care Center.

She was born on November 2, 1905 in Calhoun County, Alabama to the late George and Ella (Young) Russell. Ethel enjoyed and attended Miss Lily Stuart’s private school. She took music lessons, worked on her elocutions and played sports.

She spent much of her life as a nurse to many families, nurturing and influencing many young lives over the years. Through her care her children and those for whom she tended, she left an unforgettable impression. For a number of years Ethel also dressed the windows for former Union Department Store in Columbus.

For over 50 years she was a devoted member and willing worker of Zion AME Church. She was also active in Council for Older Adults, Delaware Senior Citizens, and the East Unit of the Columbus Symphony.

Ethel loved to share stories and poems from memory, through which she continued to enrich those lives around her, just as she has throughout her extraordinary life of 108 years. She also enjoyed a passion for fishing, playing the piano, and sewing.

With a keen memory, she was a friend to all treasuring both family and friends.

She is survived by her daughter Alfreda Bonner of Delaware, son Cornelius B. (Emma Jane) Barrow of Lucy Depp, Ohio, 4 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Also preceded in death by husband William Hubbard, 9 brothers and 2 sisters.

Memorial services will be held 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 12th at Zion AME Church, 140 S. Washington St., Delaware, Ohio. A time of sharing will also be held 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 13th on the third floor of the Scholl House London Town Apartments in Delaware. Arrangements have been entrusted to the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home in Delaware.

Memorial contributions can be made to her church.

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  • Goodbye Aunt Ethel…See you again one day!

    I’ll always remember the days of overnight fishing with you when I was a boy and you lived here in Pittsburgh with us. I have spoken about you many times to friends , family, and students. I’ll always remember the family stories you told recalling details only you could. I’ll always remember YOU, Aunt Ethel!


    Bernard (Gus and Alice)

  • I remember Ethel washing her car when she was only 100 years old. What an inspiration she was to me! I enjoyed her stories and friendship when we both lived in Londontown Apartments.

    My sympathy and condolences to Alfreda.

  • Alfreda–I was sorry to read about your mother’s passing. I’m sure you greatly miss her, and that you will feel her loss keenly as time goes by. If it is any comfort, you know that she had a very full life, and that she was bright and aware up to the very end. You may also take comfort in knowing that your many friends share your loss.
    My sympathy to you. Lyman L.

  • Alfreda, I enjoyed seeing your mother with you at many concerts at Asbury and also attending our choir concerts at the senior center and at the Londontown apartment building. You certainly have been a very attentive daughter,which no doubt, gave your mother pleasure and many extra years. Now take care of you while cherishing all those many memories.

    My condolences,

    Karen Kraska

  • Alfreda.I didn’t know she was that old and was in Wintersong. The last time I saw her was at the old Bld. of older adults and she was given a thing by the Mayor.
    She was quite a lady. Hope you are alight.