Prominent PTA Worker is Dead
(Article in the Grand Rapids Press, 31 July 1928)
Mrs. W. G. Hall Stricken Tuesday
While Preparing Breakfast
Mrs. Patricia Hall, 49, wife of William G. Hall, died in her home unexpectedly Tuesday morning from apoplexy while she was preparing breakfast. Mrs. Hall was prominent in county and state PTA work and recently was made honorary life president of the Kent County association, which she developed from a few scattered clubs in 1922 to a progressive organization of 96 units.
Mrs. Hall was working in the kitchen of her home at 312 Barclay Ave., NE, when her husband left to purchase berries at a nearby store. When he returned he found his wife on the floor. Coroner LeRoy ascribed death to apoplexy.
Because of her indefatigable work, in the interests of closer relationship between pupils, parents and instructors and her ideals of better literature, Mrs. Hall was a pioneer in the PTA.
Those in close contact with the county organization credit Mrs. Hall with virtually organizing the strong association as it exists to day. When Mrs. Hall became a prime mover in the PTA the few units in Kent county were used as a nucleus and others were formed in rapid order, Mrs. Hall going to the smallest schools to arouse interest in the movement.
For two years she was active president of the county association and then became chairman of all important committees, such as the juvenile protective committee, the literature committee and the committees regulating all organization work.
In addition to the county honorary life presidency Mrs. Hall, whose work has become known nationally, was made a national life member and a state life member of the association.
Besides her husband, Mrs. Hall, who was a lifelong resident of Grand Rapids, leaves two sons, Edward Hall and Frank Hall.
Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon at the residence.
Transcriber: Evelyn Sawyer
Created: 26 November 2004