OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Even a year after her death, it was clear a beloved Ocean Springs teacher has not been forgotten.
One by one, people came to In the Zone Skating Rink in Ocean Springs to honor the memory of Courtney Hubbard by giving blood.
“It just felt like the right thing to do. She was a good lady and came from a great family, and it just seemed like the right thing to do," said Brad Talley.
Talley and his wife also felt it was the least they could do in honor of the Pecan Park Elementary School teacher who taught all four of their children.
“Somebody that all of our kids were real close to. The kids were closer to her, and like our daughter loves Mark, than they are to some distant family," Talley said.
Hubbard died on Jan. 23 of last year after battling breast cancer for years. However, the impact she had on the lives of others remains still clear.
“Whenever you were sad, you could just be at her house at any time and she would cheer you up, and she always saw the best in every body," said Ava Green, who was Hubbard’s neighbor.
“Even though she knew she was sick, she was always an inspiration and always wanting to help others. She always put others first and always wanting to come and donate to other patients that were suffering," said Steve Hopper, who was also a neighbor of Hubbard’s.
It was Hubbard’s giving spirit that inspired Saturday’s blood drive.
“She would have been all on it. Yes. I’m sure she’s smiling down so excited," said Hubbard’s sister Melissa Davis.
Even when she was sick, Davis said her sister still had a heart to give back.
“Courtney was so giving and loving. That’s what she wanted to do. She always wanted to give to people. She got the most joy out of giving," she said.
That was why her family now works so hard to keep her memory alive by continuing to do what she did best.
“I just hope she would say she’s proud," Davis said.
Hubbard’s family plans to organize a blood drive every year around the anniversary of her death. They also said they will be continuing Hubbard’s non-profit “Sprinkles of Hope” to service regional cancer centers.