Pier Hale

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    - Morna Harrison-Davis
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    - Mary Murphy
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    - April Conley
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    - A Black Arts Friend

Longtime Alaskan Pier Angeli Hale, 52, died March 12, 2011, in Anchorage.

She was called home, her family wrote.

A funeral will be at 1 p.m. today at First CME Church, 3600 Macinnes St. Viewing will begin at noon. A repast will immediately follow the funeral service at the VFW at 101 Oklahoma St.

Pier was born July 23, 1958, in Columbus, Ga., to Regina D. Walker and the late Willard Walker. After arriving in Anchorage in 1964, Pier attended elementary and middle school in the Anchorage School District and graduated from East Anchorage High School in 1976.

Shortly after graduation, she pursued a career in teaching dance at the Black Arts Association, where she not only taught dance but was a mentor and counseled numerous teens throughout the neighborhood. It was there she met her late husband, Ronald Eugene Hale. With that blessed union, their three children were born: Xia E. Hale of Columbus, Ga., Jaarian E. Hale (Crystal) of Anchorage and Kamea D. Hale of Anchorage.

Pier worked for the Anchorage School District for more than 20 years as the administrative assistant for the Title One program. She was also an avid member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Fairview Lions Club, where for many years she planned numerous events to support the community. She orchestrated the Governor's Picnic, held at the Park Strip every year, for more than 10 years.

Her family wrote: "Pier was a pillar of an extraordinary woman. She always had a soft spot for those in need, her family and the community. She touched many lives and had a heart of gold.

"We will miss her on this earth, but God has something special planned for her. We thank her for giving us the joy of life that we have seen in her each day."

In addition to her children, she is survived by her mother, Regina D. Walker of Anchorage; brothers, Anthony T. Walker of Anchorage and Stacey (Jennifer) Walker of Anchorage; her sister, Natalie J. Kelly of Upper Marlboro, Md.; nine nieces and nephews, eight grandchildren and two great-nieces and great-nephews; four aunts, Della Fogle and Bobby Shaw, both of Anchorage, Susie Davis and Florine Davis, both of Georgia; three uncles, Clifford Davis, the Rev. Jeff Davis, both of Georgia, and Tyrone Davis of Anchorage; and a host of cousins throughout the Lower 48.

A special "thank you" to the Anchorage School District for their love and admiration for Pier. You will never be forgotten.

The family wishes to express its sincere appreciation for the prayers, kind words, flowers and other courtesies expressed during our time of sorrow. May God bless each of you.


Published in Anchorage Daily News from Mar. 19 to Mar. 20, 2011