Margaret Kora Elder was born on March 26, 1932, at Centerville, Iowa. She was the daughter of Bert Franklin and Mary Etta Mae (Pixley) Elder. Margaret graduated from high school at Libertyville, Iowa in 1949 where she competed in spelling competition and was recognized as a Champion Speller. Margaret and Forrest Hall were united in marriage on May 29, 1956, and together they raised three children: Jerry Charles, Ricky Lee and Nancy Ann. Margaret and her husband, Shorty, as he was known, lived in Fairfield and Morton Mills, Iowa where she worked as a telephone operator. In the early 1960's they moved to Knoxville, Iowa. She later worked at the R.G. Dickinson Company in Des Moines, for Clark Realty and the Veterans Administration Hospital in Des Moines and later in Knoxville. She then attended Upper Iowa University at Des Moines, Iowa. Margaret was proud to have obtained her real estate license and to serve as a Notary Public. Her greatest enjoyment was her family. She appreciated modeling thru the Avant Modeling Agency. Margaret and Shorty became residents at the Griffin Nursing & Rehab Center in Knoxville. Shorty passed away on August 31, 2015. Margaret eventually became a resident at The Cottages in Pella, Iowa where she passed away on June 13, 2016, at the age of 84 years. Margaret is survived by her three children: Jerry Hall and Karen Goulekas of Marina De Ray, California, Ricky Hall of Knoxville, Nancy and Rick Stewart of Knoxville; two grandchildren: Michael Stewart, Ashley and Andre Crawford, and a great-grandchild, Aliyah Crawford. Margaret was the last surviving member of her original family and leaves three sisters-in-law: Maude (Herb) Gilchrist, Carolou (Orville) Hall and Pat (Kenny) Hall all of Knoxville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Forrest Hall; her parents, Bert and Mary Elder; her younger brother, Bert W. Elder; her parents-in-law, John J. and Iva (Fortune) Hall and seven brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Margaret had been an active Boy Scout and Girl Scout leader. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Knoxville and will be remembered for her fruit cakes. Funeral Services were held on June 17 at the First United Methodist Church in Knoxville, Iowa. Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Published on July 8, 2016