Long career of caring for others
MARGARET HUBERY Born: 1928 Died: January, 2015 MARGARET Hubery was the second oldest of five children. She had four brothers and her family lived close to the Learoyd Street, Mt Lawley parish school.
She completed her secondary studies at Sacred Heart, Highgate, and went into nursing.
Mrs Hubery had a distinguished career in nursing and community health. She was director of nursing at Royal Perth Hospital and served as acting chief executive of the hospital.
She was also the first woman president of the Silver Chain Board of Management, vicepresident of St Anne’s Hospital, a member of the Divisional Council of Red Cross, president of the Friends of Royal Perth Hospital and chairwoman for the Committee for the Aged Sisters – Our Lady of the Missions.
She was awarded the Order of Australia in 1993.
She was married to Percy Hubery and had two daughters, Elizabeth and Louise.
The couple started out on a farm near Bridgetown, where Mrs Hubery established the Silver Chain nursing post, before the family moved to Perth.
Mrs Hubery’s love of family was well-known, as was her strong faith and commitment to the church. She loved sport, particularly tennis. She had a great love of music, particularly singing. Ms Hubery sang at any opportunity and everyone enjoyed her melodic voice.
“Margaret gave her colleagues and the SCC board great insights into resilience, fortitude, courage, empathy and compassionate service to others,” Southern Cross Care chairman John Bryant said.
A memorial mass to celebrate the achievements and life of former Royal Perth Hospital director of nursing Margaret Hubery was held at St Vincent Pallotti Chapel in Rossmoyne on Thursday. Mrs Hubery made a significant contribution to the aged care sector and nursing profession in WA. She was a board member and chairwoman at Southern Cross Care. The Margaret Hubery retirement complex in Shelley was named in her honour in 2000 and she lived there until her death in January.