Hubbard, Melissa Jane
Melissa Jane Hubbard, 71, of Cottage Grove Place, died there Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, after a long illness. Memorial services will be held at Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories at a date to be announced. Inurnment will occur at Cedar Memorial Park Mausoleum Columbarium.
Survivors include her brother, Alan (Suzanne) Hubbard of Sparta, Tenn. She is also survived by three nieces, Anne Marie Hubbard of Los Angeles, Calif., Sarah Elizabeth Crower of Denver, Colo., and Julia Christine Beck of Chicago; and cousin, Phillip McManis of Pleasant Hill, Mo.
Melissa was born July 8, 1941, in Cedar Rapids, the daughter of Merle and Dorothy McManis Hubbard. She graduated from Washington High School in 1959 and later from the University of Iowa in 1963, with a degree in Speech and Dramatic Arts.
Melissa worked in a variety of positions for 44 years in broadcasting, including WSU/KSUI Radio in Iowa City, later in Cedar Rapids at KCRG-TV9 and from 1963 to 2010, at KGAN-TV (formerly WMT-TV), last serving as its program director.
Melissa was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, a 50-year member of PEO Sisterhood Chapter JI, and secretary of the Linn County Democratic Central Community. She formerly served on the Cedar Rapids Community Theater board, Faith in Action board and the Business Advisory Council of Goodwill of Southern Iowa.
Memorial donations may be given to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church; Chapter JI, PEO; or the Aplastic Anemia Foundation of America.
Please leave a message or tribute to Melissa’s family on the Web page, www.cedarmemorial.com under obituaries.
Published Jan. 12, 2013 in The Gazette