Ann Hubener – October 5, 1946/June 4, 2015

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In her sixty-eight years, Ann Hubener had a lot to say and said a lot about most everything. She was tough, opinionated, and committed to many causes. She was deeply appreciated by those who shared her views.
Ann Hubener was passionate about things that mattered. She worked to right the wrongs where there was an injustice. Some causes to which Ann lent her voice include clean air, gun control, smoking, and city politics, to name a few – these things made a difference in Ann’s life.

Though she would argue the contrary, Ann was much like her parents, James Henry Williams and Margaret Ann McCarthy Williams. Both preceded Ann in death. They, like her, owned their own business. While they traded in blue jeans and cowboy hats, Ann traded in real estate. When the local newspaper folded, Ann led of group of investors to purchase an interest in a small town newspaper, which continues to give city councilmembers and politicians grief to this day.

Like most West Texas kids, Ann fled Seminole to find a home in the big city of Dallas, actually Duncanville. She and her husband of 32 years, Jerry (Gerald Alan Hubener), who also preceded her in death, had two children: James Todd Hubener (Jim) and Kathryn Anne Hubener (Katy). The family settled in Duncanville in the early seventies and Ann resided there most of her adult life.

Ann was brave and bold. Prodded by the voice of her mother, Ann, along with other Catholic mothers, lobbied the Bishop to establish Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Duncanville. She was a member there until the time of her death.

Ann was fair and compassionate. Ann was elected to serve on the Dallas County School Board where she worked with her colleagues to improve the safety of thousands of schoolchildren as well as improve the working conditions of the professional bus drivers who shepherd them.

Ann was smart and politically astute. As an unabashed Democrat, she worked tirelessly to elect those who she felt best served the community, state and country. She served as a mentor to some, an advisor to others, and a friend to many.

Ann was a loyal and loved friend. Connected by politics, Ann was a member of an elite group of women affectionately called the Ya-Ya’s. These Southern women reveled in the election of Ann Richards as Governor, lamented the loss of Hillary Clinton and sighed over the repeated reelection of then-Governor “good-hair” Rick Perry. Like most of her friends, they were unabashed Democrats.

Ann also had an odd connection with social conservatives who shared her concern about the wise use of local tax revenues and the rising cost of everything. They respected each other while chiding each other about their political party affiliation. Ann, a lifelong Democrat and Democratic Precinct Chair, had many friends who were Republican Precinct Chairs and lifelong Republicans.

Ann was twice elected National Delegate to the Democratic National Convention from Texas. She was proud to sign the petition to place the name of Hillary Clinton into nomination and regrets not seeing her become President.

Ann, like her mother, played a mean game of bridge – she was a life master. She sewed, cross-stitched, painted, and decorated. She loved a gin and tonic tall with extra lime, margaritas with salt, and (when it wasn’t so unfashionable) Coors in the gold can.

Ann held a bachelors degree in political science from the University of Texas at Arlington. She continuously worked to improve herself, holding many certifications in her chosen profession of real estate. She served on many boards and organizations including MetroTex Board of Realtors and the Best Southwest Chamber of Commerce.

Ann was born in Ada, Oklahoma on October 5th 1946 and went home to the lord on June 4th 2015. She is survived by her son, James Hubener and wife Candis; her daughter, Katy Hubener and husband David McKamie; sister, Myra (Williams) Rogers and husband, Rodney; along with her five grandchildren Ezra, Caleb, Laila, Noah and Benjamin. Ann will be missed and is eternally loved.

jaynesVisitation and rosary will be held at Jaynes Memorial Chapel in Duncanville, Texas on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. A funeral mass will be held on Friday, June 12, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Duncanville. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Downwinders at Risk, Dallas County Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton Campaign, Holy Spirit Catholic Church or the American Cancer Society.