Dorothy J. Hall,
citizen of Kendal at Hanover Community and the world, passed on peacefully, quickly and in her own bed at age 93, having spent Christmas day in a vigil, holding hands and sharing words with her younger brother, Leland (Pete) Hall, and being cared for by her devoted Kendal care givers.
Dorothy was born in the Northwest (Forest Grove Oregon) on September 25, l924 to her parents Glen L. and Elizabeth (Beth) Hoar, and died on December 26, 2017, in the Northeast, having moved in l998 from California where she spent the majority of her adult life, to Hanover, NH, to live close to her brother and his family.
Dorothy was the poster child for life-long learning. She was formally educated in Salem, Oregon public schools, went on to study and receive degrees from Willamette University, University of Washington, Chaouinard Art Institute, and University of Southern California. Her education continued with careers in teaching, art, counseling, and interior decorating. She traveled the world extensively and served (twice) as Dean of Students for Semester at Sea, reflecting her commitment to educating others, and herself in the appreciation of world cultures and travel. Dorothy cared deeply for and learned from those in need, giving her time and resources to many organizations as a board member and volunteer.
Locally Dorothy was a very active member of Our Savior Lutheran Church, The Upper Valley Haven, and the Kendal community. Much of her inspiration, guidance, and strength came through her strong Christian Faith.
She could amuse and inspire a table full of family or friends, a classroom of students, a committee of fellow workers or a national conference with her humor and her wisdom. But it was the one-on-one relationships in which she thrived the most, leaving in her wake countless individuals who loved and adored her. In addition to her warmth, humor, and her ability for interesting conversation, Dorothy also had a serious and straight forward manner that served herself and others well.
Dorothy is survived by her only sibling, her younger brother, Leland (Pete) Hall and his wife Maureen Manning Hall, and by many nieces and nephews: Susan and John (Singe) Arnold, and their children Audrey (Madi), Mary, St John (Sie), and Satchel; Matthew and Christina Hall, and their children Isabelle and Lilli; Mitchell (Fred), and Lisa Hall their children Lucas, Tanner and Brady; and Betsy Hall and her son Sam. She is also survived by Maureen's sister, Phyllis Ellis, her four children and eight grandchildren, her borrowed cousin, Betty Allebach, many first cousins in the northwest, and countless residents and staff members in the Kendal family, with whom she had a strong caring relationship.
In memory of Dorothy, gifts may be given to The Upper Valley Haven, memo Dorothy J. Hall Memorial Fund, 713 Hartford Avenue, White River Jct., VT 05001
Dorothy's memorial service, followed by a reception, will be held at 2 pm on Friday, January 5th, in the Gathering Room at Kendal, 80 Lyme Road, Hanover, N H. 03755
Arrangements are under the direction of the Rand-Wilson Funeral Home of Hanover, NH.
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