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Mrs. J. Philip Hall

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- Mrs. J. Philip Hall, nee Helen Alda MacKinnon, 93, a resident of Milwaukee for nearly six years, died at Alexian Village on July 22, 2004.

Helen was born on April 6, 1911 in Montreal, Canada. She was the daughter of Annie Elizabeth Gilmore and Edward Alexander MacKinnon. After graduating from high school in Winchester, Mass., she earned a bachelor’s degree from Salem State Teacher’s College in Salem, Mass. She taught special education in Winthrop, Mass. and Westerly, R.I., where she met Phil Hall. They married on Aug. 7, 1938 in Andover, N.H. Before coming to Bennington, Vt. in 1948, Phil and Helen lived in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maine. They purchased Evans News and made their home at 324 Crescent Blvd.

Her interests besides her family and home had been many, including: Bennington Community Chest Drive, Bennington Museum, Putnam Memorial Hospital Gift Shop, Bennington Project Independence and the Garden Club. Helen can be remembered most for her 10 years of volunteer service at the thrift shop. As a member of the Second Congregational Church, she was co-president of the women’s fellowship. She also ran the candy table at the Christmas Bazaar with her mother for 20 years. Both of them participated in the church’s antique show. She was a member of the Friends of the Retarded, whose mission was to open two special education classes for retarded children in greater Bennington at the Red Brick School in Shaftsbury, Vt.

She is survived by two daughters and one nephew, Phyllis Rick of Overland Park, Kan., Carolyn Hammond of Mequon and Edward Potter of Gardiner, Maine. She is also survived by five grandchildren and one great grandson, Gregory Rick Chadbourne of Lunenburg, Mass., Jay Rick of Leawood, Kan., Brooke Hoff of Boston, Douglas Hammond of Mequon, Christopher Hammond of Milwaukee and Brady Rick of Leawood, Kan. Helen is predeceased by her husband, J. Philip Hall, who died in 1977, and her identical twin sister, Florence MacKinnon Potter, who died in 1992.

The funeral will be held at the Second, Congregational Church at 2 p.m. on July 30, 2004 with the Rev. Phillip S. Hall officiating. The family will be receiving people in the all purpose room of the church immediately after the funeral. Burial will be in Park Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Vermont Heart Association.
Published in Bennington Banner on July 24, 2004
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