In Memory

Sidney Sperbeck (Hubbard) - Class Of 1952

Sidney Sperbeck (Hubbard)

Sidney passed away on August 31, 2017 in Santa Maria, California. A California native, she grew up in the Pasadena, San Marino, and South Pasadena area, graduating from high school and entering UCLA at age 16, having earned a scholarship to that university. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority and graduated with a BA in Social Science. An inveterate California girl, she spent much of her leisure time with friends at the beach, especially Laguna, Balboa, and Corona del Mar.

While waiting to become old enough to enter law enforcement, she became a flight attendant for American Airlines, and traveled throughout the USA and the world. After several years of flying, she left, and became the first female sworn peace officer for the City of Riverside. She graduated first in her class of 66 (65 men and Sidney) at the Riverside Sheriff's Academy.

Relocating to Dearborn, Michigan when she married, she became a counselor for the Michigan State Department of Vocational rehabilitation. She later returned to California with her son, Jon, and became a counselor and supervisor for the California State Department of Vocational Rehabilitation in Pomona. She transferred to the Santa Maria office in 1970.

With the birth of her second son, Patrick, she left the State service and earned her Real Estate license in 1974. She became a broker-owner in 1976 when she started Carriage Realty with her colleague, Salvador Barragan, Jr. In 1979 she graduated from Pepperdine University with a masters degree in Education and then taught Real Estate classes at Allan Hancock College for four years.

Sidney was an accomplished horsewoman and rode the Hunter-Jumper A circuit and showed throughout California and did very well. She was still riding occasionally until the age of 78. Nothing pleased her more than jumping a horse over fences, either at a show, cross country, or at her home arena. She competed in the lower levels of Dressage; and rode and showed Western on a limited basis. Riding bareback was especially fun for the freedom she and her beloved mare, Sugar, had. Sidney said she was fortunate to have lived her life as she chose, doing the things she wanted to do, taking the time to 'smell the roses' but still working since she was 14 years old.

Sidney is survived by her sons, Jon and Patrick and one grandchild.

Santa Maria Times, September 2, 2017