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Pearlene “Paris” Hubbard, affectionately known as “Mother Hubbard”
was born on November 24, 1925; to parents James A Montgomery and Paris Montgomery (Kneece) in Augusta, Georgia. She was the second child and first daughter of eight siblings; James A Montgomery Jr (deceased), Eula Claddy, Henry Montgomery, Ananias “Leo” Montgomery, Theola Reddick, Wilbert “Buck” Montgomery, and Harry Montgomery (deceased). After graduating from Industrial High School in West Palm Beach, FL in 1944 Pearlene migrated to Flushing, NY where she met Moses Hubbard (deceased). They were married in February 1945, and moved to Brooklyn, NY. In 1947 Moses and Pearlene had the first of their three children, a daughter, Wilma Jean. Soon after, in 1948, they had their second child, a son, Moses Alexander Jr. (deceased). To be followed two years later, in 1950 by their third child, a son, James Austin. After getting her family well established Pearlene returned to school in 1959 at Jewish Chronic Disease Hospital in Brooklyn NY where she studied to become a Certified Nurse’s Aide. In 1962 the Hubbards moved their family from Brownsville in Brooklyn NY to Lakeview, Nassau County, NY (moving on up). Although quite dimunitive in stature, standing at just about 4 feet 11 inches, maybe 90 pounds soaking wet, Mother Hubbard was known to be large and in charge when providing hospitality. She truly enjoyed entertaining family and friends, especially during the holidays. She would start preparing food days, sometimes weeks or months in advance. Especially her seasonal fruitcakes (in most states you had to be 21 to partake). Dinner as a family, daily, especially Sunday dinner. Extended family always welcome. One of her grandchildren said of his grandmother, “she was a social butterfly”. Indeed she loved to be with people. To serve and be served, to entertain and be entertained, to love and to be loved. By the way, it would be remiss of me if I did not mention her devotion to fashion, especially her ever present “high heel” shoes. That was Mother Hubbard. She will be missed. Mother Hubbard will be missed by her family mentioned above, as well as by her sisters-in-law (Mae, Pet, and Emma) Montgomery, her daughter-in-law Gail Hubbard, her grandsons Kwame Hubbard (wife, Melinda), Rahsaan Hubbard, and Akeem Hubbard; granddaughter Kirbe Palmer (husband, Devin); her four great grandchildren, and a host of nephews, nieces, their children and many friends.
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