Barbara Ann (Gerber) Hall Obituary

Barbara Ann (Gerber) Hall, our beloved Wife, Mom, Grammies and Great-Grammies, eclipsed into heaven on August 16, 2022, home and surrounded by family. She was born 87 years ago to Roy and Esther Hilty Gerber, on the family farm in Versailles, Missouri. The love of family, the desire to serve others, and the work ethic she absorbed from her life on the farm in the Bethel Mennonite community shaped so much who she was.

She graduated from Versailles High School in 1953, then earned a BS in education from the University of Missouri. In 1956, she married the love of her life, Charles Robert “Bob” Hall. After a stint in the army, they return to Versailles, where they raise their three children, Cindy, Brian and Carole.

Her faith was an important part of her life and she was active in many church communities. Growing up, Bethel Mennonite was his church home. After her marriage, she became an active member of Versailles United Methodist Church and then Dayspring United Methodist Church after they moved to Arizona. She loved her church communities and the friends they made there.

She had many careers, including teaching preschool while Bob attended medical school. She taught home economics and was a dedicated teacher, loved by her students. She has always been involved in her community and one of her favorite projects was helping to establish the Children’s House, the first daycare center in Versailles. After moving to Tempe, Arizona in 1982, she began another career, this time in retail. She had a knack for making everything she came across prettier, and the Blue Willow home furnishings store was a perfect showcase for her creativity and decorating skills. As she did everywhere she went, she made wonderful, lasting friendships with the women she worked with.

Twelve years ago, she and Bob made their home at Friendship Village in Tempe. Barbara then found another outlet for her skills and creativity by running the Friendship Village Thrift Shop. She created beautiful window displays, and under her leadership the store raised enough money to provide new beds for the Friendship Village healthcare center. As a result, she and her dear friend and co-director, Jo Anne Crawford, were honored as LeadingAge Arizona Volunteers of the Year in 2019.

But Barbara’s favorite job was being a mom, Grammies, and great-grandmother, and she showered her family with endless love. She loved parties and made them special and magical, especially Christmas, which was her favourite. There has never been a home decorated for Christmas with more love. She created traditions and fun that we will all remember and continue. She loved flowers and beautiful gardens (especially roses, just like her mother), helped decorate homes, and spent time with her family and many cherished friends.

Barbara was the hub and heart of our family and kept everyone connected. She never forgot a birthday and kept track of the lives of her family near and far. Even when she could no longer travel to visit, she found great joy in following her friends and family on Facebook and seeing photos of everyone she loved and cared about. To her children, she was their biggest cheerleader and constant support. For her grandchildren, she cooked their favorite meals, told stories and was always a wonderful listener. Her family was the light and pleasure of her life, and she gave them unlimited time and love. Over the years, she and Bob have had many wonderful times traveling together. His last trip dates back to June 2021, to Minnesota for the wedding of his granddaughter Molly. She was thrilled to have been able to meet her two great-grandchildren, Jack and Ava.

Although her physical health failed her for the past two years, her spirit never did and she remained the loving and positive matriarch of our family until the end of her life. She was predeceased by her parents, Roy and Esther Gerber; his brother John F. Gerber; and her younger sister Eileen Elizabeth Gerber. She is survived by her beloved husband of 66 years, Charles Robert “Bob” Hall; his sister Janet Vest of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; his brother Melvin (Mary) Gerber of Versailles, Missouri; his brother-in-law James G. Hall of Silver Spring, Maryland; his daughter Cindy (Walter) Smith of Minneapolis, Minnesota; his son Brian (Carrie) Hall of Phoenix, Arizona; his daughter Carole Hall of Reno, Nevada; grandchildren Lauren (Ben) Mattson, Andrew Bank, Molly (Dan) Berlinger, Max Hall and Windsor Hall; great-grandchildren Jack and Ava Mattson; nephew Jim Hall of Washington, DC; and numerous nieces and nephews across the country who all held a unique place in his heart.

His family is forever grateful for the wonderful care we all received at the end of his life from Friendship Village Health Care Center, his home caregivers Danielle and Bee, and all the wonderful staff at Hospice of the Valley, especially Breanne and Sara, who were with all of us until the end of her earthly journey. Services will be held at Friendship Village in Tempe, Arizona at a later date to be announced. The family would prefer gifts in his memory to the Hospice de la Vallée (hov.org).

“A life well lived leaves a beautiful bouquet of memories”.

Posted on August 29, 2022

Posted in The Arizona Republic