Phyllis Marjorie (Marj) Hall
was born on January 16th, 1917 in Penge, Kent, England and passed away on March 23rd, 2012 in the North Okanagan Hospice, Vernon, B.C. at the age of 95 years, from complications due to a fall.
Marj will be lovingly remembered by her daughters, Margo (Gerald) Altwasser of Lumby, B.C. and Jacqueline (Steve) Truch of Calgary, Alberta; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; her brother, Harry (Joyce) Nash of Vernon, B.C.; and extended family members. She was preceded in death by her husband, John (Jack) Hall in 1992.
Marj was born to Lawrence and Phyllis Nash during World War 1. The family moved to Vernon in the 1920s and farmed at the north end of Swan Lake. After completing high school, Marj became an RN, taking her training at Vancouver General Hospital. She worked at Tranquille, near Kamloops, and then joined the Royal Canadian Medical Corps stationed at the Vernon Military Hospital. While in Vernon she met John Hall who was also enlisted at the military camp. They married in Vernon and three months later, Marj was posted overseas to southern England as a nursing sister. When the war ended, Marj and Jack moved to Creston where they had an orchard. Marj also did relief nursing at the Creston Valley Hospital for years and ended her nursing career as the “on call” nurse at the Endicott Home caring for mentally challenged children – a job she dearly loved. They retired in 1976 and returned to Vernon. Marj knew she was home again when she saw the sunflowers blooming on the hillsides. She had a great love of the outdoors, enjoying camping, swimming, fishing and especially gardening. Playing hockey on a women’s team until age 60, Tai Chi, reading, church guild and traveling with her family rounded out her activities. Her five grandchildren, Joey, Brendan, Michael, Kama and Alita always loved visits and spending time with Granny. Throughout her life, Marj was always very involved in her community. She led an active and productive life – great examples for her family to follow.
Cremation preceded the Funeral Service which will be held at All Saints Anglican Church on Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. with The Reverend Canon Chris Harwood-Jones officiating. A Tea will follow in the Parish Hall.
As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of Marj to the North Okanagan Hospice Society, 3506-27th Avenue, Vernon, B.C. V1T 1S4 or the Okanagan Commemorative Pioneer Cultural Society (designated for Columbus Court 11), #403-3003 Gateby Place, Vernon, B.C. V1T 9H5.
Funeral arrangements have been made with
BETHEL FUNERAL CHAPEL LTD.,
5605-27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5