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Columbia Missourian

Anna Hall worked for Navy, was known for generosity and intelligence

By Crystal Thomas
August 26, 2013 | 10:43 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA— Anna M. Hall, known as "Anne", was busy every day of her 90-year life, her husband, Jefferson Hall, said.

"She’s just been a wonderful person," Jefferson Hall said. "Sending money to every organization there is. She’s a great giver.”

Mrs. Hall died on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013.

She was born on June 16, 1923, in Mexico, Mo., to Wallace and Jane Thompson. 

“She was probably one of the most forthright, honest people I know," her neighbor Faye Crow said. "And one of the smartest. She had a vivid memory.”

Crow, who lived next door to Mrs. Hall for 13 years, said she would recall, in detail, shopping trips to St. Louis she took with her mother when she was young. 

"She was very outspoken," Crow said. "If she didn’t like something, she wasn’t hesitant to say so." 

Mrs. Hall worked for the Department of the Navy in Washington, D.C., during World War II. Her job involved keeping track of the locations of ships, Crow said. 

"She used to joke about almost sinking a ship," Crow said. 

Other than telling a story in passing, Mrs. Hall was a very private person, her friends said.

"She didn’t talk about herself," her friend Charlotte Henderson said. "Lots of people always say they did this, they did that, but she didn’t. ... I didn’t think to pry.  I enjoyed her company." 

Henderson met Mrs. Hall at Audrain County Hospital where they both worked. They developed a fast friendship, and Mrs. Hall went on to be Henderson's sole bridesmaid.

When Henderson got nervous before the wedding, Mrs. Hall helped her out, telling her to go to her bedroom, shut the door and be alone.

Henderson introduced Mrs. Hall to her cousin, Jefferson Hall, whom she married in December 1962. 

"We were farmers when first married," Jefferson Hall said. "We went down and got public work after that."

Living on the farm was hard for Mrs. Hall, but she loved to garden and raise chickens, Crow said. When she had trouble keeping out opossums, she started keeping a pet fox. 

Mrs. Hall worked in the Missouri Department of Social Services and was a social worker.

Her sister-in-law Joneda Phillips said she was very caring. She would help people by giving them money and hiring them to do odd jobs around the house.

"She was honest and kind of expected everyone else to be, too," Phillips said.

Mrs. Hall was highly intelligent, her friends said. Her favorite pastime was to read, Crow said, and her favorite author was William Shakespeare. 

Mrs. Hall gave birth to her only son, John David Hall, when she was 43. She was always proud of her son, who died in 1999.

"She was devoted to her son," Henderson said. "Then, of course, John David died early in life and that was quite a blow to her. She had one child and then he was taken from her. I’m sure that was hard for her."

Survivors include her husband, Jefferson Hall; her sister-in-law, Joneda Phillips, of Fulton; two nieces, Cathy Woodson and Cindy Metcalf; and a nephew Dan Phillips.

Visitation will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Service will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.

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