A native of Lake Forest, Illinois, she was the second of two children born to Walter and Charlene Baum. She attended Lake Forest High School and graduated from Stanford University in 1942.
Upon graduation, she accepted a position at the Emporium, a department store in San Francisco, as an assistant buyer for better dresses. Eventually she became the head buyer. It was at the Emporium that she met Andre Dubbs in 1947. They were married for 33 years.
The couple, who settled in Atherton in 1955, were charter members of the Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club.
A founding member of the Peninsula Children's Theatre and Peninsula Volunteers, she produced plays and fashion shows to benefit community organizations.
She served as president and trustee of the Castilleja Mother's Club, and participated in the Menlo School Mothers Club, while at the same time acting as a consultant for the I. Magnin store in San Mateo.
In later years, she served as a mediator for the county of San Mateo and performed two years of service on the grand jury. Stanford Hospital also benefited from her time, as she devoted over 25 years as a volunteer there.
She is survived by four children, Richard of New York City, David of Woodside, Melissa of Menlo Park, and Thomas of Studio City, California; and four grandchildren.
The family prefers memorial donations to the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford.