EVA CLARA HUBBARD

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EVA CLARA HUBBARD Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home Eva Clara Hubbard a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother was called home to heaven on May 11th 2016. Eva came into this world on April 10th, 1937 in Lake City, MN. She was born in the same farmhouse and the same bedroom that her mother had been born in years earlier. She was the first of three children born to William and Della Tait with brother Thomas arriving seven years later and brother John arriving seven years after that. Eva moved with her family to Benton City in the early 1940s, then back to Indiana and finally landing in Kennewick in 1948. Eva grew up in Kennewick attending Bethlehem Lutheran School and later Kennewick High School where she graduated with salutatorian honors with a 95.6 average. She was a member of the National Honor Society, Tri-Hi Y, National Thespians, Phonetic Stenos and the Spanish Club. In 1955 when Eva was a senior in high school, she was set up on a blind date with Vernon Hubbard who had recently returned from serving his country as a Marine in Korea. After dating for a short period, they were married on December 30th of that same year. They were able to spend the next 60 years together. Immediately upon graduation from high school, Eva began working for the Equitable Life Assurance Society of America. After two days training in the Spokane office she assisted in opening a new district office in Pasco. Vernon and Eva's first son Steven was born in 1956. Eva continued working and their second son Gary was born in 1957. Eva stayed home for the next six months caring for her young family and learning how to budget a limited amount of money, time and energy. After six months at home, Eva went to work part time for Dunning Ray Insurance in Pasco. Her part time job soon became a full time job. After a little over four years she decided to stay home and devote full time to raising her family. Soon after her decision, she was to reenter the job market for economic reasons. Eva went to work with Kaiser Engineers for a temporary three-month job. However, her termination date was continually extended and she was one of the last employees to terminate nearly two years later. In 1964 she joined the firm of Niemi, Holland & Scott, Certified Public Accountants as secretary/office manager. She became interested in accounting and through International Accountants Society correspondence courses received a diploma after passing an examination in advanced accounting. Her duties at work shifted from secretarial to accounting. Eva continued her education taking whatever courses were available. After studying for the Washington State Board of Accountancy's Equivalency Examination, she sat for and passed the last part in November of 1979. She now held the State of Washington Certified Public Accountants license #6533. Eva continued to rise through the ranks at Niemi, Holland & Scott and in 1984 was promoted to full partnership in the company. She was one of the first female partners in the history of the 51-year old company. Eva was the Administrative Partner of the firm at the time Niemi, Holland & Scott merged with LeMaster & Daniels in December 2000. She continued working with LeMaster & Daniels and then through mergers with Larson Allen and then with Clifton Larson Allen. Eva's professional activities included membership in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Society of Women Accountants. She was appointed by then Governor Booth Gardner to the Washington State Board of Accountancy and then again by Governor Mike Lowrey for a second term. She was President of the Tri-City Estate Planning Council and a state officer of Business and Professional Women. She and a small group of friends were also members of LOLA (Little Old Lady Accountants). Eva was active in the community where she served as President of the Kennewick General Hospital Foundation, a Board member of Tri-City Industrial Development Council and as Treasurer for the Pasco-Kennewick Rotary Club. She was also involved with the Arts Council of the Mid-Columbia Region, the Benton-Franklin Chapter of the American Red Cross, United Way, the Chamber of Commerce, the Tri-Cities Visitor and Convention Bureau, as well as having served as Treasurer of several political campaigns. Eva was also active her entire life with Bethlehem Lutheran Church and School. Having gone to school at BLS, married in BLC, was an officer in the Christian Education Society when her sons attended BLS. She served as Sunday School teacher and Sunday School Superintendent for a number of years as well as singing in the choir. Eva was also very involved with the Lutheran Hour Ministries. In 2014 the Church Council voted unanimously to award and name Eva Hubbard as Treasurer Emeritus for serving as Treasurer of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and School from 2000 to 2014. Even as full as Eva's professional life was, she still managed to find time for more personal pleasures. She loved spending time with her friends and family. Her two grandsons and two great granddaughters were a joy in her life. She loved books and was an avid reader. She had several antique collections including cut glass, vintage silver, flow blue china and Redwing. She had an impressive collections of bears. She also loved to shop for clothes, hats, shoes and jewelry. Eva is survived by her husband of 60 years Vernon, her two sons Steven and Gary, her grandchildren Kevin, Michael, and his wife Autumn and her two great granddaughters Abigail and Isabella. A memorial service celebrating Eva's life will be held Saturday May 21st at 10am at Bethlehem Lutheran Church and School in Kennewick. Although Eva loved flowers and other things of beauty, she was also very pragmatic and would love that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Bethlehem Lutheran Scholarship Endowment Fund, the Tri-Cities Cancer Center or another . The family invites you to sign their online tribute wall at www.muellersfuneral homes.com.
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Kennewick, WA 99338
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Published in Tri-City Herald on May 18, 2016
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