Adrienne Hubbell

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Adrienne Thoet Hubbell Adrienne Clark Thoet Hubbell, wife, sister, mother, and friend extraordinaire, died peacefully in La Verne, California, on November 2, 2012. She was 81 years old.
Adrienne grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where she developed into a serious ballet student and ardent theater fan. After graduating from New York University, she left to pursue advanced studies in North Carolina. She never lived in New York again but always carried with her colorful stories of her childhood there during the Great Depression and World War II.
Shortly after beginning graduate work at Duke University, she met and married Robert Newby Schweitzer. The couple settled in San Francisco, where Adrienne raised three children and grew active in the life of that city. She and Newby divorced after 25 years of marriage. In 1983, Adrienne married Charles H. (Chuck) Hubbell, whom she met at the San Francisco Friends Meeting (Quakers). She and Chuck lived in San Francisco until moving to the Hillcrest Brethren Homes, La Verne, California, in 2002.
Adrienne lived life at full tilt, possessed of a keen, inquiring mind. Her many interests included travel and the arts. She spurned excessive sentimentality and frequently challenged what she took to be the conventional wisdom. Even as her health declined, she kept up on current affairs and remained in correspondence with distant family and friends. For as long as she could she would call relatives to sing "Happy Birthday" to them on their special day. Her vibrant presence will be much missed.
Survivors include her husband, Charles Hubbell; her sister, Felicity Thoet; her children Candida Quinn (Kevin), Kit Schweitzer (Colette), and Becky Nash (Doug); grandchildren Caroline Quinn and Nicole, Devin and Cameron Nash; members of the extended family; and many friends.
Services and burial at Oak Park Cemetery, Claremont, California, have taken place.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Dec. 11, 2012
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