Louise Keele Hubbell


(Oct. 8, 2006)

Louise Keele Hubbell, 92, died Oct. 8 at North Big Horn Hospital in Lovell.

She was born Aug. 15, 1914, in Lovell, the daughter of Thomas Alexander and Luella Leithead Keele, the third of nine children. Louise graduated from Lovell schools in 1933. She later attended Billings Business College in Billings, Mont.

In 1937, she married Grant S. Hubbell from Cowley. To this union, two children were born: Rex Grant Hubbell and Ina Louise Hubbell. Grant worked construction and in the oilfields, and his job took them traveling to many locations from San Diego, Calif., to Saudi Arabia.

When Grant returned from Saudi Arabia in 1958, they bought the Keele farm fulfilling Grant's longtime dream of farming. After Grant's death, Louise continued as an active partner on the farm with her son Rex. Louise also worked as a nurse's aide for 20 years at the North Big Horn Hospital. She enjoyed gardening, knitting, quilting, and solving puzzles of all kinds. The doors of her home were always open to her grandchildren. Her love of the outdoors and spending time with family, led to many camping and fishing trips with four generations of her family, especially in the Big Horn Mountains. Many picnics and family gatherings came about while working cattle, or trailing cattle to pastures in the Big Horns, Pryors, Luther ranch, or the surrounding hills of the farm; all were enjoyed just the same.

As an active member of the LDS church, she served in many capacities including Primary, Homemaking, and Mutual teacher, Primary President, and Relief Society visiting teacher. She enjoyed traveling with her sisters to the Idaho Falls Temple, where she did temple work and researched family genealogy.

Survivors include two brothers, Don (Bonnie) Keele of Ferron, Uah, and Brant Keele of Riverton; two sisters, Sevella Kysar of Sylmar, Calif., and Alice Tarter of Basin; her children; Rex (Betty) Hubbell and Ina Hubbell, both of Lovell; four grandchildren, Kathryn Schaefer of Powell, Mark (Tami) Hubbell of Cowley, Alisa (Tate) McCoy of Powell, and Bruce Hubbell of Seaside, Ore., eight great-grandchildren, Eric Schaefer and Joel Schaefer, both of Powell, Maureen (Jason) Percifield of Gillettte, Matt (Sandi) Hubbell of Absarokee, Mont., Tawni (Thomas) Green of Lovell, Grant Hubbell and Colton Hubbell both of Seaside, Ore., and Erin McCoy of Powell, and four great-great grandchildren, Chelsi and Kade Green, Amy Hubbell, and Kamryn Percifield.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her sisters, Phyllis Keele, Patra Scott, Burnice Ames; and a brother, Fenton Keele.