Delores M. Hall

One­time restau­rant server and Bal­ti­more schools as­sis­tant was par­tic­u­larly proud of the suc­cess of her chil­dren

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES - By Fred­er­ick N. Ras­mussen fras­mussen@balt­sun.com

Delores M. Hall, a for­mer city pub­lic schools ed­u­ca­tional as­sis­tant who was ac­tive in the af­fairs of her church, died of com­pli­ca­tions from de­men­tia Aug. 20 at Fu­tureCare Old Court in Ran­dall­stown. She was 97. The daugh­ter of Jesse Stan­ley, an in­sur­ance sales­man, and Gla­dys Thomas Stan­ley, a home­maker, Delores Mae Stan­ley was born and raised in Bal­ti­more. She grad­u­ated from Fred­er­ick Dou­glass High School in 1935.

In the late 1930s, she mar­ried Ri­ley Joe Ham­mond, a White Cof­fee Pot chef, and had three daugh­ters. The mar­riage ended in di­vorce.

She later mar­ried Ell­wood Lewis Hall Sr., owner of Hall and Hoyle Florists on Saratoga Street, and had two more chil­dren. They raised their fam­ily in the 1500 block of Presst­man St., and later moved to the 600 block of N. Long­wood St. Mr. Hall died in 2007. Mrs. Hall worked part time as a server at the old Hut­zler’s de­part­ment store’s Quixie restau­rant and later was an ed­u­ca­tional as­sis­tant at Mount Royal Ele­men­tary School.

“Delores was able to find joy and a sil­ver lin­ing in al­most ev­ery sit­u­a­tion,” wrote Traci Wright, a grand­daugh­ter, in a bi­o­graph­i­cal sketch of Mrs. Hall. “She laughed of­ten, praised the Lord and made self-ef­fac­ing jokes: ‘You know, I used to be cute!’ and ‘I’ve been in your shoes, but you haven’t been in mine.’ ”

She was proud of her chil­dren and grand­chil­dren, said Ms. Wright, who is dean of stu­dents at The Park School of Bal­ti­more.

Her son was among the first black stu­dents to grad­u­ate from St. Paul’s School, and later be­came a lieu­tenant colonel in the Army. A daugh­ter was 26 when she earned her doc­tor­ate from the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia at Berke­ley and was named an as­so­ci­ate dean at Tow­son Univer­sity — though she died be­fore start­ing the job.

A grand­daugh­ter was the first black woman to head a di­vi­sion at the Bryn Mawr School; an­other be­came a suc­cess­ful IBM ex­ec­u­tive.

“All of this from an African-Amer­i­can woman who had a high school ed­u­ca­tion,” Ms. Wright noted.

Mrs. Hall was a for­mer mem­ber of Sharp Street United Methodist Church, then for 50 years was an ac­tive mem­ber of John Wes­ley United Methodist Church. As her health de­clined, she wor­shipped at Shiloh Com­mu­nity Church with her son.

She had lived for years at Parkview Apart­ments in Ran­dall­stown un­til mov­ing to Fu­tureCare Old Court in 2013.

Ms. Wright said that while Mrs. Hall was a woman of mod­est means, she of­ten lent money to neigh­bors to keep them go­ing un­til pay­day, and chil­dren would come by and en­joy her com­pany and share her candy and other good­ies.

“She was a life­long reader and al­ways placed a high value on ed­u­ca­tion,” Ms. Wright said.

Fu­neral ser­vices for Mrs. Hall will be held at 10:30 a.m. to­day at her church, 3202 W. North Ave.

In ad­di­tion to her grand­daugh­ter, she is sur­vived by a son, Ell­wood Lewis Hall Jr. of Columbia; two daugh­ters, Linda Elaine Wright of Pikesville and Ro­maine Pa­tri­cia Pol­lard of Bal­ti­more; seven other grand­chil­dren; six great-grand­chil­dren; and four great-great-grand­daugh­ters. One daugh­ter, Lavinia Grace Ham­mond, died in 1974, and an­other daugh­ter, Dolores Mae Ali, died in 2014. Delores Hall was known for lend­ing money to her Ran­dall­stown neigh­bors.

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