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Media Release - A Celebration of the Life of Margaret Hubery
Posted by Marketing on February 23, 2015

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18 February 2015

A Celebration of the Life of Margaret Hubery

A memorial mass to celebrate the achievements and life of former Chairman of the Board of Southern Cross Care (WA) Inc. (SCC) Margaret Hubery will be held on Thursday 19 February.

Margaret, who passed away on 3 January 2015, made a significant contribution to the community of Western Australia, to the aged care sector and nursing profession.  Her significant contribution to SCC as a board member and chairperson was recognised with the naming of the Margaret Hubery retirement complex in Shelley in 2000, where she resided until her passing.

Margaret leaves a great legacy of achievements including being awarded the Order of Australia in 1993.

To celebrate her life, a memorial mass at the St. Vincent Pallotti Chapel in Rossmoyne has been organised by the Board of Southern Cross Care (WA) Inc. It will be held on Thursday 19 February at 2pm for family, friends and former colleagues.  Following the mass, refreshments will be served at Margaret Hubery Village, adjacent to Margaret Hubery House.

SCC Chairman of the Board, Mr John Bryant said: “On behalf of the Board and management of Southern Cross Care, I offer our condolences to Margaret Hubery’s family.  Margaret will be remembered for her significant contribution to Southern Cross Care.  She leaves a solid legacy which includes the Margaret Hubery Village.  Margaret gave her colleagues and the SCC Board great insights into resilience, fortitude, courage, empathy and compassionate service to others.”

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 was known 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 worked as a consultant with the SCC Board between 1985 and 1993.  At this time she was appointed as the first female board member.  She was Chairman of the Board from 1997 to 1999 and continued herBoard service until 2005.  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.

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