Adele Hall was the wife of Donald J. Hall, chairman of Hallmark Cards. More importantly, she was a civic leader in Kansas City, Mo. Hall was active in several organizations, including Children’s Mercy Hospital. Sadly, the Associated Press reports Adele passed away Sunday at age 81.
Adele was at a home in Hawaii, working on an email after having breakfast with her husband, when she collapsed, according to Hallmark Cards spokesman Steve Doyal.
In addition to being a board chairman of Children’s Mercy Hospital, Adele was on the board of the United Negro College Fund, the Points of Light Foundation, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation.
In a statement, Doyal spoke of Hall, saying, “Adele was interested in a broad range of community needs with a special passion for the needs of children.” He continued, “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.”
Born in Lincoln, Neb. in 1931, Adele was married to Donald for almost 60 years. She is survived by her husband, two sons, and many grandchildren.