Ruth C. Hall died on March 4, 2013, after a long illness. She was 98 years old. Born on December 23, 1914, in Washington, D.C. to the late Mary F. Rose, she was an only child, with one first cousin, the late Albert Johnson, who she treated like a son.
Upon entering her ninth decade of life, Mrs. Hall’s health started to fail, she moved to Baltimore for a brief period starting in 1006 due to health reasons. Yearning to return to her hometown of Washington, D.C., she moved briefly to an assisted-living facility in Hyattsville, Md., and later to the Sacred Heart Nursing Home, where she spent the majority of her final years.
On August 6, 1941, she was united in holy matrimony to the late Ocy D. Hall, a native of Mississippi who died in 1977. There were no children from this union.
Mrs. Hall worked briefly for the U.S. Census Department. After resigning from this job, she helped her husband run the Hall Brothers Funeral Home, a long-standing and familiar institution located on Florida Avenue, N. W. After her husband’s death, Mr. Hall became a licensed mortician, and was a member of the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association and the Independent Funeral Director Association of Washington, D.C., and regularly attended the association’s conventions and meetings.
Born into the Catholic faith, she attended parochial schools in the Washington area., St. Ann’s Academy and St. Cyprians’s Junior High School, where she graduated with honors. Later, she came to Baltimore, where she had extended family, to attend the city’s historic Frederick Douglass High School, the only high school serving African Americans at that time.
A long-time member of the Hold Redeem Church, Mrs. Hall was active in several church-affiliated organizations, Senior Sodality of Holy Redeemer church, the Legion of Mary, the Sodality Union of the Archdiocese of Washington and the Ladies Auxiliary #73 Knights of St. John. In addition, she had been active in several community and civic organizations; the Apex Social Club, AARP National Chapter 2414, the National Senior Citizens, and the LeDroit Park Civic Association and the D.C. Federation of Civic Associations.
Mrs. Hall had a fulfilling life, making a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in Israel and later witnessing Pope John Paul II deliver mass to thousands in Baltimore’s Camden Yards Stadium. She loved the color pink and was an avid card player, with a passion for a good game of Bridge or Pinochle. She was a member of the Pleasurettes Pinochle Club and the Jades Bridge Club. In her later years, she returned to Baltimore often to celebrate all major holidays and special occasions with family members. For the past 30 years, Baltimore family members have celebrated each of her birthdays, hosting parties in Washington and Baltimore. On her 80th birthday, the family hosted a surprise birthday party for her at the Holy Redeemer Church, with more than 100 guests in attendance.
She leaves to mourn her passing a devoted cousin, Muriel I. Praileau, and husband Leroy Praileau, the daughter of Mrs. Hall’s beloved late cousin Albert Johnson. Mrs. Praileau called her “Aunt Ruth” and would often travel with Mrs. Hall throughout the country. In addition, she had three nephews as a result of her marriage, Richard Ables Gregory Hall and Dr. Macy Hall. She also leaves behind a host of family members and friends. Nephew William Ables who proceeded her in death. Prior to his death, Ables leased and directed the Hall brothers Funeral Home.
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