Margaret Grace Opal Smith Hall, age 98, of Austin, Minnesota, died peacefully at Sacred Heart Care Center on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016. Margaret was born in Adams, MN, on May 5, 1918 to Alma Hanson and Stanley Dale Smith. She moved to LeRoy, MN, at 3 months of age. In 1929, when she was 11, her family moved to Austin, MN. She graduated from Austin High School in 1936 and went to work for Hormel Foods. Her "claim to fame" was she witnessed the first Spam can come off the line. On October 25th, 1937 she married the love of her life, Theodore R. Hall. They were married for 58 years until Theodore passed away in 1995 at the age of 80. Margaret enjoyed being a homemaker and worked at several retail businesses during the holiday season. She also worked as a teachers aid for the Austin Public Schools.
While a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church, she taught Sunday School and was a devoted member of WELCA and Ladies Aid Circles. She took part in Symphony Study Group, was active in the PTA, and held every local office, except treasurer, for the DOES. Including State President, where charity, patriotism, loyalty and love were the motto. Margaret volunteered at the American Red Cross for 20 years and was a member of DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution).
In her pastime she enjoyed Baking, Reading, Jig Saw Puzzles, Word Finds, Knitting and Crocheting. She made 520 baby caps that were sent to Tanzania and the Marie Sanvick Shelter in St. Paul. Her family received homemade afghans, and various handmade items throughout the years. Every family member received a handmade Christmas ornament every year!
She is survived by her sister, Beverly June Smith, Austin, MN. Her Children Dale (Susan ) Hall of Winterhaven, FL, Joan ( Larry) Diggins of Austin, MN, Kay (Richard) Smaby of Austin, MN, Mary Ellefson of Indio, CA, Marsha (Stephen) Green of Duarte, CA, and Brian ( Diane) Hall of Hawthorne, CA; 15 Grandchildren, 25 Great Grandchildren and 13 Great, Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents Stanley Dale and Alma Smith, Husband Theodore, son Bruce, baby Hall, granddaughters Bridget Pickavance and Barbara in infancy' grandson Richard Hall and son-in-law, Richard Ellefson.
Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, August 9th at 11 AM at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin with Todd Portinga, Associate in Ministry, officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7PM on Monday, August 8th at Worlein Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery, Austin. Services prearranged and performed by Worlein Funeral Home of Austin. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com