According to a Jan. 28 report in The Kansas City Star, Adele Coryell Hall, 81, wife of husband Donald Joyce Hall, chairman of Hallmark Cards died On Jan. 26. According to the paper, which refers to her as the “first lady of Kansas,” Hall leaves behind “a sweet legacy of caring and leadership throughout the Kansas City area as well as landmarks of art and culture.”
Hall, who was reportedly honored and respected by everyone who knew her, leaves behind not only her legacy, but a void in the community. “It’s a major loss for this community,” said Henry Bloch, founder of H&R Block, who is a longtime associate of Hall.
Among her many endeavors, she was the “first woman to be president of the Heart of America United Way and also honored as the Kansas Citian of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce. She served as board chairman of Children’s Mercy Hospital and also was named the Kindest Kansas Citian by the STOP Violence Coalition.”
A spokesman for Hallmark Cards said “the gloom was deep.” Hall is survived by her husband, Donald Joyce Hall, sons, Donald J. Hall Jr. and his wife Jill, and David E. Hall and his wife Laura; daughter, Margaret Hall Pence; and nine grandchildren.
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