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Beatrice “Gerri” Hall

August 29, 1920 — July 21, 2022

Beatrice Geraldine “Gerri” Hall

After nearly 102 years of an amazing life, Gerri Hall, good and faithful servant, was called home on Thursday, July 21, 2022 surrounded by her loving family at her home in Tipton.

Gerri was born in Preston County, West Virginia on August 29, 1920 to Francis and Jessie (Liston) Ault.  She grew up there with her brother, Bob and graduated from Kingwood High School in 1938.  In 1940 Gerri married Darwin Liston of Preston County who died in Italy in 1944 while serving his country.

On May 10, 1946 she married the love of her life, Harry J. Hall.  They met in Morgantown, West Virginia as Harry was returning from the service and Gerri was attending Morgantown Business College.  They shared over 66 wonderful years together before Harry’s death on February 7, 2013.  They enjoyed many WVU football and basketball games in Morgantown before moving to Parkersburg and later to Charleston, WV in 1960.

Gerri worked as an Administrative Assistant at Westinghouse Corporation and for the WV State Police in Morgantown before taking leave when their only child, Nancy was born in 1953.  She returned to her career in 1965 with the West Virginia State Health Department from which she retired in 1992.

After retiring, Gerri and Harry moved to Sebring, Florida where Gerri would enjoy year-round gardening, bridge club, and daily walking and water aerobics with her friends.  She was an awesome cook and baker, sharing recipes with family and friends.  Born with a ‘green thumb,’ Gerri loved planting and working with flowers.  They enjoyed the Sunshine State until moving to Tipton, Indiana in 2006 to be closer to their daughter as they grew older.

In Tipton, Gerri saw great-grandchildren born and grow and enjoyed attending many of their baseball, basketball, football and soccer games.  Gerri quickly became an avid IU, Colts and Pacer fan – but always watched her beloved Mountaineers as well.  In August of 2020 we celebrated her 100th birthday with a 5 generation picture as her first great-great grandchild attended.

Gerri lived a faith-filled life and lived the example for her family. She was the oldest active member of West Street Christian church, attending weekly as she was able – then faithfully watching services on Facebook Live, including the Sunday preceding her death.  Her WSCC friends were like family.  Knowing that Gerri was “going home”; where she wanted to be has made this journey less painful for us who will miss her so much.  To know her was to love her, for she was truly a ‘special lady.’  We will have a lifetime of memories and faith stories to share.

Gerri is survived by her daughter Nancy Bolds and husband David of Tipton; granddaughters Kelly Horton of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Sara Pearce and husband Erik of Tipton.  Great-grandchildren include Matthew Horton of Ellijay, Georgia, Zachary Horton and wife Carissa of Woodstock, Georgia, Drew, Eli and Adelyn Pearce of Tipton.  Gerri was blessed to have great-great-grandchildren Georgia, Cillian, Mason and Emerson and special nephews Michael Ault of Chicago and Robert Ault, Jr. of Reading, Pensylvania.  In-laws include Larry Hall and wife Agnes of Strongville, Ohio and Linda Shipley of Arizona.

She was preceded in death by her brother and sister-in-law Robert and Evelyn Ault.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at West Street Christian Church in Tipton with Rev. Ashley Sherard presiding.  Visitation will begin at Noon until service time Wednesday at the church.  Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery.  A video recording of the service will be posted on line on Thursday at www.young-nichols.com under Gerri’s obituary.

Memorial donations may be made to West Street Christian Church, 132 N. West Street, Tipton, Indiana, 46072 or the Tipton County Humane Society, P.O. Box 237, Tipton, Indiana, 46072.

We would like to thank Dr. Robert Helm and the staff of Elwood Family Medicine for the excellent medical care provided to Gerri since her move to Tipton.  We would also like to thank Elara Hospice (especially Maranda, Pastor Richard and Pepper) for the amazing care and support they provided during the last month of Gerri’s life.

Young-Nichols Funeral Home is honored to assist the Hall family in their time of need.

   

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