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Beatrice Hubbard, Mineola's oldest resident, dies at 106

In this May 17, 2012 photo, Beatrice Hubbard,

In this May 17, 2012 photo, Beatrice Hubbard, a former teacher at Mineola High School, is 105 years old. Hubbard died Sept. 18, 2013 at age 106. Newsday's obituary for Beatrice Hubbard
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When Beatrice Hubbard was honored as grand marshal of Mineola's centennial parade seven years ago, the retired schoolteacher beamed.

For Hubbard, who died Wednesday at age 106, it could have been a dual celebration -- she was as old as the village itself.

"She just glowed," said John DaVanzo, 91, a former student who kept in touch, often dropping by with a bouquet of red roses.

"Miss Hubbard," as she was known, even in retirement, was a staple of the village where she lived since the early 1930s. At Mineola High School, where she taught for 36 years, she was a popular class adviser, and a business teacher who "everybody got to know," DaVanzo recalled.

Beatrice M. Hubbard, who had been Mineola's oldest resident, was born upstate in Coxsackie on Dec. 14, 1906, and prepared early for a career as an educator.

Hubbard attended a one-room schoolhouse in West Coxsackie and later graduated from the grammar and high schools of the Coxsackie Union school district, family said. It was at Russell Sage College in Troy where she learned the profession, graduating in 1928 with a bachelor's of science in education.

After college, she took summer classes at Columbia University, family said, eventually earning her MBA.

Her students became a surrogate family for Hubbard, who never married and had no children.

"She was fair, and she was just, and they learned a lot from her," said Suzanne Waters, whose husband, David, both of Rockville, Md., is Hubbard's nephew.

"They went on to do bigger and better things that made her very proud," she said. "She was like their grandmother."

Hubbard taught generations of schoolchildren in such subjects as business and bookkeeping. "That can be very boring, and apparently it wasn't," Suzanne Waters said.

Waters said Hubbard received cards from students who had settled all over, from Hawaii to California to Florida.

Some took her out for lunch.

"She'll be remembered for all of her students," said DaVanzo, once a star football player who later served in the Navy and was elected to local political seats. "God knows where they are: They could be architects, they could be in government, they could be all over the world."

A visitation will be held Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Fairchild Sons Funeral Home in Garden City, to be followed by a service.

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