Merle Elaine Call Hall (Muriel)
Merle Elaine Call Hall (Muriel) passed peacefully from this life at home on September 8, 2021 at the age of 96.
She was born on May 4, 1925 in Pocatello , Idaho to Arnold Benager and Beatrice Violet Monroe Call. She grew up in Pocatello with older sister Marie, and younger sisters Ruth, Violet, and Donna; and younger brothers Sidney, Carlos, and Evan.
At age 17 she fell in love with a young man from Kentucky who had come to Idaho to visit his father. She married Aaron D. Hall, and their first of seven children was born shortly after her 18th birthday. They were married 48 years until his death in 1992.
Aaron enlisted in the Army and was stationed in Fort Lewis, Washington for basic training where Merle and baby son Dennis joined him. When he was transferred to Fort Ord, California, she lived with her aunt Bernice in Palo Alto, California where second son Ron was born. When Aaron received orders to go to France , she moved back to Pocatello, Idaho to await his return from World War II. During this time, she worked for Kraft Cheese.
Later, she devoted her life to raising their growing family which eventually included sons Larry, Randy, and Kent, and daughters Jan and Nancy. The family enjoyed boating, fishing, camping, hunting in the beautiful areas of southeastern Idaho. Every summer they loaded up the family and traveled to Big Mud, Kentucky to visit Dad’s Mom and the Hall side of the family. Everyone loved the time spent there with Maw, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
In the early 70’s, Mom and Dad moved to Boise for 10 years, and then to Youngtown, Arizona where they enjoyed the warm weather. When Dad passed away there, Mom moved back to Boise. There she cared for her mother for 2 years, and then moved into her own townhouse where she resided for the next 28 years. While in Boise, she served in the Boise Temple and enjoyed her activity in the Church where she made many friends and was dearly loved.
During these years she spent lots of memorable time with her brothers and sisters, traveling and holding Home Evenings every week. Her children and grandchildren loved visiting her, as well. She rarely drove a car, but was ready to hop in whenever there was someplace to go, especially to country music concerts!
She was preceded in death by sisters Marie, Ruth, and brothers Sid and Evan, and sons Larry, Randy and Kent. She is survived by sons Dennis (Leslie), Ron (Nancy), and daughters Jan (Jeff) Simmons, and Nancy (Randy) LaMott as well as 20 grandchildren, over 30 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She will be remembered for her kindness and sweet smile, and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
To watch the committal service, please visit: https://vimeo.com/706316789
Arrangements are under the direction of Bowman Funeral Parlor of Garden City.