Former Dearborn councilwoman Nancy Hubbard dies at 84

Photo courtesy of the city of Dearborn Then-Dearborn City Councilwoman displays a photo of her father, former Dearborn Mayor Orville L. Hubbard, as a child.

Photo courtesy of the city of Dearborn
Then-Dearborn City Councilwoman displays a photo of her father, former Dearborn Mayor Orville L. Hubbard, as a child.

 

By ZEINAB NAJM
Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — Nancy Hubbard, former City Councilwoman and the daughter of the former Mayor Orville L. Hubbard, died July 11 at the age of 84.

Nancy Hubbard grew up in Dearborn and graduated from Fordson High School before attending Michigan State University and serving as a city councilwoman for 24 years. She became a council member in 1990 and retired in 2013.

“Nancy Hubbard had a front row seat to much of Dearborn’s history, and so had a deep commitment to keeping our community a special place,” said Mayor John O’Reilly Jr., who served on the council with Hubbard. “As a councilwoman, she took pride in the personal attention she gave to residents when they contacted her office.”

The work she accomplished during her time on the council included the sale of the former city hall building to the non-profit Artspace, Dearborn Ice Skating Center expansion, supporting construction of The Union apartments for The University of Michigan-Dearborn, and Rouge River Gateway trail expansion.

Prior to becoming a councilwoman, Hubbard worked for Ford Motor Co., the Dearborn Department of Building and Safety and Department of Public Works.

“She also was honored to hold the council president pro tem leadership position for 16 years, and to have a role in major economic projects at a time of significant growth in Dearborn,” O’Reilly said. “She is leaving a legacy in her own right, and will be missed by the many residents she listened to and stood up for during her long career as a public servant.”

Hubbard is survived by brother James Hubbard, her two sons Barton and Jeffrey and daughter Nancy, along with two grandsons.

The family plans to bury Nancy Hubbard next to her father at Riverside Cemetery in Union City, with the remains of her late husband who was cremated when he died.

A private service will be held on July 14, and a public memorial luncheon is scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. July 16 at The Henry, 300 Town Center Drive.

The Hubbard family requests any memorial contributions be made to the Kidney Foundation or to the Dearborn Police Charities.

(Zeinab Najm can be reached at zeinabnajm92@gmail.com.)