Tanya Lee Witherell Hubbard, 62, of Knox, ME, died on Friday, September 23, 2016, at MaineGeneral Medical Center after a long, feisty, and courageous struggle with cancer. She was born in Lewiston, ME, on October 5, 1953, to Philip and Avis Witherell.
She graduated from Monmouth Academy in 1971 and from the University of Maine at Farmington in 1975. That fall she began a remarkable 37-year teaching career at Mount View High School. An English teacher beloved by both students and staff, she was devoted to the Mount View family and inspired students to care about topics ranging from British literature to the Vietnam War. After her retirement in 2012, she worked as a part-time literacy coach at the Waldo County Technical Center. Most importantly, she taught others to care and commit to making the world better for others.
In 1982, Tanya married Michael L. Hubbard of Thorndike, and together they had two children, Jason and Meghan, who were the center of her life. After 17 years of commitment, she and Jimmy Bartels of Knox were married in 2008. He was a devoted husband who took wonderful care of her during their life together.
She will always be remembered for her remarkable generosity to family, friends, and community, as well as for her irrepressible sense of humor and quick wit. More than anything else, she enjoyed her time with Jason, Meghan, and Jim and their Sunday lunches under the maple tree with the Witherells and Fortiers.
Tanya was predeceased by her brother Kevin and her mother Avis. She is survived by her husband, Jimmy Bartels; son Jason M. Hubbard; daughter Meghan E. Hubbard; father Philip Witherell and brother Brett Witherell, both of Monmouth.
At the request of the family, there will be no service. In lieu of flowers and cards, the family would appreciate donations to Gofundme.com/TanyaHubbard.
Arrangements are under the care of Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Avenue, Belfast. Memories and condolences may be shared at ripostafh.com.