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A Celebration of the Life of Margaret Hubery
Posted by Marketing on January 6, 2015

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It is with sincere regret that I advise Mrs Margaret Hubery, former Chairman of the Board of Southern Cross Care (WA) Inc. (SCC,) passed away at Hollywood Hospital on Saturday, 3 January 2015.

Margaret’s Early Life

Born in 1928, Margaret was the second oldest of five children with four brothers.  Her family lived close to the Learoyd St. Mount Lawley parish school.  Margaret commenced her schooling at the Montessori style campus prior to completing her studies at Sacred Heart, Highgate.  After completing school, Margaret commenced her nursing studies, a career path she had always wished to pursue.

Margaret Hubery and Southern Cross Care (WA) Inc.

Margaret will be remembered at Southern Cross Care (WA) Inc. as a forward thinking individual who was a ground-breaker with strong commitment and dedication to the aged care and health sectors.  She made a wonderful contribution, not just to SCC but to the wider community in Western Australia on both a professional and voluntary level. 

Margaret was on the SCC Board between 1985 to 2005 and was the first female board member.  During this period she was Chairman of the Board from 1997 to 1999.  Margaret’s significant contribution to SCC was recognised with the naming of the Margaret Hubery House residential care facility and retirement complex in Shelley in 2000.  Margaret was a resident at Margaret Hubery House until her passing.

A Distinguished Career

Margaret established a distinguished career in nursing and community health, making a considerable contribution to the Western Australian community.  Margaret held the high profile role of Director of Nursing at Royal Perth Hospital during which time she also served as Acting CEO.  

Other notable contributions to the Western Australian community include her service on the Silver Chain Board of Management (first female President); Vice President of St Anne’s Hospital; a member of the Divisional Council of Red Cross; President of the Friends of Royal Perth Hospital; and Chairperson for the Committee for the Aged Sisters – Our Lady of the Missions.  

Margaret was recognised for her service to nursing and the community in 1993 receiving the honour of Member of the Order of Australia.

Personal Life

Margaret was married to Percy Hubery, and was blessed with two daughters, Elizabeth and Louise.  Percy and Margaret lived on a farm near Bridgetown where Margaret established the Silver Chain nursing post prior to the family moving to Perth where she furthered her nursing career.

Margaret’s love of family was well-known, as was her strong faith and commitment to the church.  Margaret loved sport, particularly tennis.  She had a great love of music, particularly singing.  Margaret sung at any opportunity and everyone enjoyed her melodic voice.

Margaret leaves the community of Western Australia with a legacy of achievements.  On behalf of Southern Cross Care (WA) Inc, I offer my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Margaret Hubery. 

 

Errol Turner
Chief Executive Officer

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