Marguerite (Marge, or Rite) Hall was born Marguerite Bertha Neely on June 4, 1924 in Newport RI to James and Bertha (Frenzel) Neely. She grew up with two brothers, Frederick and James and a sister Vera. A graduate of Rogers High School, Marge began her career as a secretary for the Chamber of Commerce in Newport. She met her future husband, William Walter Hall at the First Baptist Church in 1941. They married three years later.
Bill was a Navy man who served in the Pacific area during World War II and in the Atlantic and Mediterranean during peacetime. During her husband’s 20 year career in the Navy Marge worked in the Naval Supply Depot, Middletown RI, the Apprentice School at the Naval Air Station, Norfolk, VA and retired from the Industrial Relations Department at the Naval Amphibious Base in Little Creek, VA. Bill and Marge retired to Lakeland FL in 1975.
After retiring, Marge volunteered for 21 years as a “Pink Lady” at the Lakeland Regional Medical Center. She was a member of the Shepherd Road Presbyterian Church, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.
Marge’s hobbies included oil painting, water colors, jewelry making, and china painting and most recently creating beautiful greeting cards. She enjoyed the harmonica as well as playing Bingo. She and Bill raised and showed dachshunds, traveled and went camping throughout their lives together.
Having lived in Lakeside Hills Estates for 34 years, Marge watched The Estates at Carpenter’s being built, and as a widow moved into independent living. In 2017 at age 92 Marge moved from that apartment into assisted living.
Marge left this world to be with her Lord and Savior on August 24, 2020. Cremation has taken place and there will be a family gathering at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, where she will be buried next to her husband.
Condolences may be sent to the family at Gentry-Morrison Funeral Homes.