Life Tribute – Jacqueline Hubbard Iverson

Jacqueline Hubbard Iverson

Jacqueline (Jackie) Iverson went home to be with Jesus Sunday, June 21, 2020.

Jacqueline was born Jan. 7, 1925 in Oakland, California to Treadwell (Ted) and Ruth Oman Hubbard. Fred Hubbard, her brother, was four years older. Her family lived in San Leandro, California until the Great Depression in 1929. Her father, along with millions of workers, lost his job and the family moved to Burlingame, California and started over. Her father was fortunate to find employment and keep a roof over their heads. Jackie remembered her mother often feeding hobos who came asking for food in exchange for work.

Jackie attended elementary and high school in Burlingame. She acted and sang in many school productions and loved performing. One of her best friends in school was Richard Morris, who later went on to write the play, “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.” She and Richard wrote and performed in many plays in school.

In high school she met her future husband, David Iverson. When her father relocated to Phoenix for employment, she followed him initially but soon returned to her beloved Burlingame to complete high school. World War ll loomed, and in early 1943 David was drafted and sent to boot camp in Corvallis, Oregon. Jackie graduated from high school and then joined David in Corvallis, where they were married. Soon after, David went to San Diego, California and then was deployed to the South Pacific. Jackie returned to Burlingame where she lived with her in-laws for two years. She worked for Standard Oil and was a poster girl for Goodyear Tires. She seriously began studying music, with a goal of becoming an opera singer.

David came home in 1946 and they picked up their lives. They bought their first home in San Mateo, California. In 1947 their only child, Kristin Iverson (Volberg) was welcomed into their lives. Jackie and David both taught piano lessons in their home. Jackie continued to pursue her singing career. Her voice and beauty landed her a job on the Les Malloy Show, a daily TV show out of San Francisco, California. She also sang with the show’s band at supermarket openings around the Bay Area. Although she was singing popular music during this time, her first love was opera. She began studying with a serious opera maestro. In 1954 she was first runner-up in Miss U.S. TV contest.

The family moved to Belmont, California in 1952. Jackie continued singing around the Bay Area, performing at the Bocce Ball in Palo Alto, California. She also wrote poetry, became an accomplished artist, and attended college. She sang in the Belmont Congregational Church Choir, where David was choir director.

In 1986 Jackie gave a benefit concert for San Mateo County Mental Health. At 61, her voice was still beautiful, as was she.

In 1992 Jackie moved to Susanville to live closer to her daughter, Kristin and family. She fell in love with the town. Jackie volunteered at McKinley School where she read to children every week. She acted in some local productions and participated in Words and Music. She was always a performer. Even in her later years, she never went anywhere without her makeup.

Jackie was a loving follower of Jesus Christ and attended St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Susanville Episcopal Church and Susanville Community Church. She was a resident of Eagle Lake Village for the last five years, where she loved art classes. Her 1986 concert was played for all the residents and visitors, and thoroughly enjoyed.

Jackie was an amazing, talented, feisty, beautiful, loving woman, mother, grandmother and friend. She was preceded in death by her husband David, father and mother, and brother Fred. She leaves a huge family; daughter Kristin Volberg (Keith), grandson Jim Young (Holly), Steve Young (Vicki) granddaughter Denise Royal, great granddaughters Destiny Young, Anna Lee Young, Cory Dawn Young, Stephenie Young, Faith Young, great grandsons Skylar Banner and Stephen Young, and eight great, great grandchildren.