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Izora Gregory Hall, 96, of Santa Barbara, Calif., and a former Baker City resident, died Dec. 19, 2000, at Santa Barbara.
She will be interred in the Lostine Cemetery next to her husband, Wade B. Hall. A memorial service will take place next spring in Northeastern Oregon. The time and place will be announced later.
Mrs. Hall was born Oct. 8, 1904, near Elgin, the first child of J. Frank and Tennessee Allen Gregory. She grew up on Smith Mountain near Wallowa.
After graduating from Wallowa High School, Mrs. Hall taught for three years in rural Wallowa County schools Goff, Eden and Smith Mountain. Then she attended Oregon Normal School in Monmouth, and received a normal school degree. She taught junior high school English in coastal Oregon towns from 1927-49, Myrtle Point for two years, Tillamook for one year and then Coos Bay for 19 years. During those years she completed college by attending summer school.
In 1949 she married Wade B. Hall of Wallowa, an employee of the U.S. Forest Service. They lived in Enterprise from 1950-54, where Mrs. Hall taught high school English in 1953 and 1954. The Halls lived in Baker City from 1954 until 1992, when they moved to the Grande Ronde Retirement Residence at La Grande.
Mr. Hall died in 1993. In 1997 Mrs. Hall moved to Santa Barbara.
Her greatest interest and pleasure were her family and friends. She also loved the outdoors, horses, horseback riding, and trips in Northeastern Oregon’s rural areas and mountains. She was a devoted member of P.E.O. Chapter CJ for more than 40 years and participated with her husband in Masonic organizations and activities.
Mrs. Hall is survived by her stepdaughter, Diane Hall Jackson of Santa Barbara; her nieces, Beverly Johnson Kane of Boise and Donnajean Carla Gregory of Milwaukie; and the family of her deceased nephew, Greg Johnson.
Contributions in Mrs. Hall’s memory may be made to the Baker County Library Foundation, the Wallowa County Health Care Foundation, or other local charities.
Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, January 1, 2001
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor