Ethel A. Hall, 95, a lifetime Sunnyside resident passed away to Eternal Life on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010.
Ethel was born March 29, 1915 to Elizabeth Meinen and Philip S. Willmarth.
She attended Sunnyside schools, graduating in 1933.
Ethel was a member of the First Methodist and later the United Methodist Church her entire life.
She was an active participant in a number of committees and taught Sunday school and vacation Bible school for many years.
On Nov. 22, 1939 she married Sunnyside Pioneer Thad S. Hall and they made their home at the Hall residence on Sunnyside Avenue for many years, there she was a devoted gardener, a hobby she continued to embrace the rest of her life.
Ethel remained in the home after Thad's passing and later moved to her home on Hemlock Avenue, where she resided for 27 years.
Her green thumb and love for gardening continued. If she planted a seed you could count on it yielding a beautiful flower or fresh vegetables. Her garden continued to thrive every summer. Her greatest pleasure was sharing her flowers and vegetables with others.
Ethel was employed at Giffens Department Store for 35 years. People would still come up to her in recent times and recall her helping them when they shopped. After retiring she worked part-time at Dr. Richard Kirk's office. Even with full-time work she took up golf and played in the Lower Valley ladies group for many years.
Along with gardening and golf she loved reading mysteries, knitting argyle socks, sewing and smocking dresses, crocheting, doing crossword puzzles and most of all she loved a rousing game of bridge.
She belonged to several local bridge groups until her eyesight diminished. In her golden years she enjoyed a cruise through the Panama Canal resulting with time in New York City, a trip to Hawaii, a tour of Alaska and many trips to the Washington and Oregon beaches.
Even with failing eyesight she remained active and took part in Bible Study and other activities at the church.
She was a member of the Pearl Hughes Guild, went to plays, used books on tape, enjoyed monthly birthday luncheons and had dinners out with friends.
Her family is grateful to the many friends that took her places when she could no longer drive. Her strong will and determination to stay independent supported her desire and made it possible for her to stay in her own home until shortly before her 95th birthday.
She is survived by her daughter, Virginia "Ginni" Vick (Dan) of Beaverton, Ore.; a son, Ed A. (Kelly) Hall of Kennewick; three granddaughters; four step-granddaughters; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two brothers, Donald and Wendell Willmarth; her sister, Elnora Wells; her three stepchildren/friends, Gretchen Jacobs, Elizabeth Hall and Harry Hall.
As she wished, a Celebration of Life service will be held, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010, at 11 a.m., at United Methodist Church in Sunnyside. A private family inurnment services will be held.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the United Methodist Church, Memorial Fund, Ninth Street and Edison Avenue, Sunnyside, WA 98944, or to Lower Valley Hospice, 3920 Outlook Road, Sunnyside, WA 98944.
We would like to thank all the staff at Sun Terrace for their care over the last few months and their compassion during her final journey on earth.
Those wishing to sign Ethel's online memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com
Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.