Thyra Ann Spofford Hall, 87, died peacefully on March 31, 2014, at Spring Meadows in Bozeman, with her husband and three children at her side. She had fought a gallant battle through eight years of Parkinson's Disease.
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Ann was born on Dec. 1, 1926, in South Orange, N.J., the first child and only daughter of Harry H. R. and Hildur (Dahl) Spofford.
Ann grew up in Wellesley, Mass., and graduated in 1944 from Wellesley High School. It was there in 1941 that she met her future husband, Vernon H. Hall. They were "high school sweethearts."
She attended the University of New Hampshire as an English major, where she was reunited in 1946 with Vernon, who had just returned from three years in the Army Corps of Engineers, two of which were in the China – Burma – India Theater of Operations in World War II.
Ann and Vernon were married on Sept. 5, 1947, in Wellesley. After completing their UNH studies in 1949, they lived in Williamstown, Mass.; Metuchen, N.J.; Cumberland, R.I.; and then Paxton, Holden and Princeton, Mass., as Vernon pursued his career in engineering and construction.
Ann and Vernon lived in Princeton, Mass., for 35 years before moving to Montana in 2000 to be closer to all their children and grandchildren.
Ann was a voracious reader and a stickler for language. She served many years as a librarian at the Princeton Public Library and at the Bancroft School in Worcester, Mass., attended by her two daughters and daughter-in-law.
Ann was a loving wife, a faithful sister, a devoted mother and a sincere and caring friend to hundreds around the country. She will be missed.
Ann is survived by Vernon, her husband of 66 years; her younger brother, John Eliot Spofford of Boston, Mass.; three children, David Eliot, born 1949, and his wife, Becky, of Salt Lake City, Utah and Ennis, Mont.; Betsy, born 1951, and her husband, Larry Nordell, of Helena, Mont.; Suzy, born 1961, and her husband, Kim Hoberecht, of Bozeman; grandchildren Anna Nordell Baker and her husband, Corey, of Helena; Adam Nordell and his partner, Johanna Davis, of Starks, Maine; Sarah Ilgenfritz and her husband, Elliott, of Seattle, Wash.; Brooks Hall of Salt Lake City; Arman and Anzhela Hoberecht of Bozeman and two great-grandchildren, Aven and Cedar Baker of Helena.
According to Ann's wishes, she has been cremated, and her ashes will be spread in her daughter, Betsy's, apple orchard in Helena.
Ann's family wishes to thank the wonderful and caring staff at Spring Meadows in Bozeman and at Rocky Mountain Hospice.
A private family service celebrating Ann's life will be held at a later date. Donations in Ann's memory may be made to a
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Apr. 2 to Apr. 3, 2014