Fern McKinney Hall, 92

Fern McKinney  Hall, 92, of Shinglehouse, Pa, formerly of North Sewickley Twp. Ellwood City went home to be with her Lord on Monday, September 3, 2012.

Born January 11, 1920 in Frisco, she was the daughter of the late Stephen L. and Valdora Anderson McKinney.  She was married on August 19, 1942 to the late Shermon W. Hall, who died April 1, 1996.

Fern was a member of the North Sewickley Presbyterian Church since 1943 and more recently attended the Faith Bible Church in Little Genesee, NY.  She was an active member of the Ida Bell Sunday School Class, and a former Sunday School teacher.  She was involved in XYZ Seniors Church Organization prior to moving to Shinglehouse with her daughter in 2004.  Mrs. Hall graduated from Aliquippa High School in 1938 and Grace Martin’s Secretarial School in 1939.  She had been employed at Mathews Conveyer Co, Riverside High School, Potter Township School, and Center Area School District.   She was a member and past president of the Suburban Woman’s Club, the American Business Women’s Club and the Beaver County Educational Secretaries Org.

She was an avid reader until the loss of her eyesight, and then enjoyed books on tape.  She loved visits from her grandchildren and was lovingly known as “Great Fernie”.  She will be fondly remembered by her family for her great memories of family events and family history and her unique story telling.   She was always positive and faced each new day as an adventure.

Survivors include a son, James D. Hall of Lebanon, OR; two daughters,  Musa Lynne (Rev. Martin) Bovee of Spring Grove, PA, Valli Kim (Kenneth) Martin of Shinglehouse, PA; four granddaughters – Erin Kim (Reuben) Martin-Green of Columbus, OH, Stephanie Lynne (Darren) Norton of Shinglehouse, PA, Amanda Arlene Hall of Plumas Lake, CA, Elizabeth Valli Bovee of Philadelphia, PA;  two great-granddaughters, Myleena Keir  Norton, Novalie Joy Norton; and a great-grandson – Drayden Kenneth Norton, all of Shinglehouse, PA.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Shermon in June 2011, sister, Musetta Hannon, and three brothers, Clair, Jack and Ted McKinney.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, September 7 from 6-8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home, 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City,.

Funeral Services will be held at the North Sewickley Presbyterian Church on Saturday at 10 am  with Mrs. Hall’s son in law, Rev. Martin Bovee officiating.

Interment will follow in the Lillyville Church of God Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Carnegie Library for the Blind, Meals on Wheels, both in Fombell, and Allegany County, NY, Charles Cole memorial Hospice, or to the donor’s favorite charity.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

4 thoughts on “Fern McKinney Hall, 92

  1. Our thoughts and prayers to the family. So sorry we are out of town this week.
    Deepest Sympathy
    -Patrick & Nicole Kirkwood

  2. Our most sincere condolences to the family of Fern McKinney Hall. Aunt Fern was a jewel. She looked after me when I was born, and was one of the reasons I survived after being born pre-mature. She was always there for me, supporting me in all my endeavors, and her knowledge of ,The McKinney History is why I know so much of my deceased family. I always enjoyed the times we spent had together, and was always in awe of her ability to recall everything. Me and my family will always miss her, and know She is looking down on us, and keeping me in line. I praise her family for looking over her for so many years, and showing so much patience, when patience was needed. God Bless Aunt Fern and her entire F
    amily, and know He will help all through these times of sadness. Love Bud And Family

  3. Please accept our condolences on the loss of your mother. My children have many fond memories of “Grandma Fernie” and just thinking of the many stories and visits brings a smile to their faces. May you find comfort in the many wonderful memories you have of your mother. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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