Cape Elizabeth, ME - Harriette Linnell Hall Hubley of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, formerly of South Portland, died of natural causes on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017. She was 97 years old.
Throughout her long life Harriette was loved for her generosity, energy, devotion to family and keen wit. She died peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, at Cape Memory Care, Cape Elizabeth. Her husband of 75 years, Benjamin Hubley, was at her side.
Harriette, better known as Hattie, was born on Dec. 14, 1919, in Dumbarton, Va., the daughter of Sophie Linnell Hall and Wilfred E. Hall. She grew up in Augusta, Maine, and attended Cony High School, where she met Ben Hubley.
As a teenager, Harriette was a talented cellist. She and her sisters, violinist Marjorie and pianist Virginia, performed as the Hall Trio and were well-known in the Augusta area. Acquaintances at Cony, Hattie and Ben grew closer after Ben presented the trio on his radio program on the Augusta station WRDO.
After high school, Hattie worked as a maid and au pair in the Augusta area. She and Ben were married in Jamaica Plain, Mass., just weeks before Pearl Harbor, and lived in Boston until Ben joined the U.S. Army to serve during World War II.
Hattie took over for Ben as a technician for the Dictaphone Service Company in Boston. Always best friends, Harriette and Marjorie lived together in the Boston area during Ben's overseas Army service, 1942–45.
After the war, the Hubleys lived in Boston, where their daughter Susan was born; North Adams, Mass., birthplace of daughter Nancy; and Bennington, Vt., birthplace of son Douglas. The family moved in 1958 to South Portland, where Ben and Hattie made their home for 55 years.
Harriette had a brilliant creative drive that found expression through such activities as ornamental gardening, darkroom photography and cooking. She and Ben were right in step with the American culinary renaissance that began in the 1960s, and Hattie was skilled and versatile in the kitchen.
She transformed her backyard at Richland Street into a beautiful perennial garden that was an oasis for the family. Hattie and Marjorie always began their get-togethers with a look at each other's garden.
Harriette's sparkling, mischievous sense of humor stayed with her to the end. Her family will always remember the laughter-filled meals, the long sightseeing drives in one station wagon or another and the backyard croquet games that Hattie usually won.
Hattie was an animal lover whose cat family at one point numbered 12. She was vigorous well into her later life, and her neighbors will recall her many years as a runner, a practice she sustained into her 80s.
Harriette was predeceased by her parents and sisters and by a son, Dennis. She is survived by her husband, Ben; her daughters Susan and Nancy; her son, Doug, and his wife, Gretchen Schaefer; and nieces and nephews.
The family is profoundly grateful to the staff at Cape Memory Care for their kindness and diligence throughout Harriette's residency there, especially in her final days and hours. We are also very grateful to the Beacon Hospice staff.
No public service is planned.
In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations in Harriette’s memory to Maine Audubon: bit.ly/hattie-audubon.