Kansas City, MO – Adele Hall, famed Kansas City civic leader, collapsed and died unexpectedly in Hawaii on Saturday. She was 81-years-old.
Hall was the wife of Hallmark Cards chairman Donald J. Hall, and Hallmark Cards spokesman Steve Doyal confirmed her death on Monday morning, reports the Washington Post. Hall had just finished her breakfast with her husband, whom she was married to for 60 years, and ‘‘was working on email when she suddenly felt lighted-headed and collapsed.”
The Boston Globe reports that Adele Hall was known as a relentless worker for charities in Kansas City and all over the nation. She supported organizations such as the United Negro College Fund and the American Academy of Pediatrics. She sat on boards for museums and hospitals, and was the first woman to hold the title “Kansas Citian of the Year,” as well as the first female president of her local United Way.
As a testament to her hard work and dedication, Adele Hall never retired and leaves work still undone.
‘‘Adele [Hall] was interested in a broad range of community needs with a special passion for the needs of children,” said a Hallmark press release. ‘‘She was tireless working toward those interests in any capacity needed — as visionary board chairman, energetic champion and catalyst for change, hard-working committee member, dedicated fund-raiser or hands on volunteer.”
A funeral for Adele Hall is still pending. She is survived by her husband, two sons, and several grandchildren.
Our thoughts go out to family and friends of Adele Hall. She was a truly remarkable woman.