Lorna May McCoy Hall, age 87, passed away peacefully at home, January 15, 2020, surrounded by her loving family. She was born October 17, 1932 in Afton, Wyoming, the youngest child of Murl Ray and Isabelle Bowles McCoy.
Lorna spent her youth in Afton, Star Valley, Wyoming. She was the youngest child of the McCoy family. She enjoyed helping her father in his photography studio and helping her mother cook, bake, bottle, sew, crochet, and embroidery. She loved to hang out with her friends, cousins, and nieces (who were the same age and a bit younger than she). They all loved playing night games, such as: Kick the Can, and Ollie Ollie Oxford all in Free, as well as sitting by the bon fire baking potatoes and telling ghost stories. During the day, they liked to play baseball (work-up), Flies and Rollers, and others. They also spent a lot of time gathering up pop bottles and beer bottles to turn in for coins to take to Star Valley Drug and buy pop or ice cream from the soda fountain. As Lorna became a young teen, she spent her spare time chasing around town with her cousins and nieces, Carol and Donna, in an old Model T Ford that her brother, Arlynn and cousin, L.D. rigged to run. She met Jim, who graduated from Cedar City High and was logging in Star Valley, at the soda fountain in Star Valley Drug and it was love at first sight. They began their short courtship and were married about a month later on February 19, 1949.
Thus began the Legacy of James and Lorna Hall. Jim and Lorna were the proud parents of ten children, six boys and four girls; Christine, James Murl, Michael Jay, Lorneta, Clifford Dee, Eileen, Robert Clyde, Arthur McCoy, Gary Wayne, and Malinda. Lorna and Jim also had the pleasure of being apart of the Indian Placement Program. So they added four Native American youth to their family for their Junior and Senior years at Pleasant Grove High School; Gary Setella, Lena Nelson, Delbert Bitsue, and Dennis Chatter.
Lorna and Jim were faithful members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The family filled and entire row in the center section of the chapel each Sunday. They raised their family to be honest, kind, and compassionate to everyone they came in contact with. They taught their children to work hard and do the job right the first time. They created many enjoyable memories of family fun together such as: hunting, shooting at the firing range (Jim was a police officer and both were on the auxiliary police force in Pleasant Grove, Utah), water skiing, hiking, camping, pine nut picking, sledding and tubing, family reunions, as well as many other family activities. They served a mission in Nauvoo, Illinois and loved every minute of it. Lorna was assigned to the sewing room and the printing shop. Jim was assigned to the maintenance and restoration department, as well as the printing shop. Lorna served many callings in the church and served them with love, kindness, and charity. She served in the Relief Society presidency, Stake Relief Society Presidency, Primary Presidency, as a Primary Teacher many times, as a Cub Scout Leader many times, the last time at age 80, a Visiting Teacher, a Compassionate Service Committee member and other various callings.
She had many talents that she shared with family and friends, such as: sewing, crocheting, knitting, quilting, oil painting, tole painting, homemade card making, homemade candy making, and creating all sorts of fun craft projects. The family’s favorites were the tins of homemade chocolates, the homemade cards for birthdays, and anniversaries, and the homemade wooden and tole painted Christmas ornaments that she gave to her children and grandchildren every Christmas. She made her children and Grandchildren a beautiful quilt for their weddings. She also volunteered to help decorate many floats for the Pleasant Grove Strawberry Days celebration each summer. Lorna continued to share her talents up until a few months before her death when she lost her yearlong battle with cancer. She will be remembered and loved by all who knew her. She was the best of the best!
Lorna was preceded in Death by her beloved husband, James Clifford Hall, their precious 5 year-old son, James (Jimmie) Murl Hall; granddaughter, Tannika Dawn White; grandson, Preston Lamar McCoy Hall; great-grandaughters, Taci Papworth, Evelyn (Evie) Grace Ashton, and great-grandson, Quintien David Gonzalez; her parents Murl and Isabelle McCoy, her half brothers and sisters, Warren Henderson, Anthon Henderson, Elda Henderson, Carl McCoy, Ruby McCoy, and her brothers, Glenn McCoy and Arlynn McCoy.
She is survived by her children, Christine (Ken) Johnson, St. George, Utah; Michael Jay (Penny) Hall, Washington, Utah; Lorneta (Gary) Ferguson, Hurricane Utah; Clifford Dee (Kimberly) Hall, Apache Junction, Arizona; Eileen (Leon)(Lumpy) White, Indianola, Utah; Robert Clyde (Isabelle) Hall, St. George, Utah; Arthur (Coy) McCoy (Sheri) Hall, Taylor, Texas; Gary Wayne (Stephanie) Hall, Santa Clara, Utah; Malinda (Kevin) Willett, Lindon, Utah; 47 grandchildren, 89 great-grandchildren, and 5 more great-grandchildren on the way.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, January 25, 2020, at 2:00pm at the St. George 10th Ward Chapel, 591 West 500 North, St. George, Utah 84770. The viewing will be from 12:00-1:45pm prior to services at the same location.
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