Joyce Beatrice Thompson Hall, 87, of Arlington passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2013, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Service: A private memorial service will be held at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Arlington. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America. Consistent with her wishes, Joyce's body was donated to the University of Texas
Southwestern Medical School in Dallas to further the training of new physicians. Joyce was born on July 30, 1925, in Paris, Texas. She was the first of four children born to Claude McKinley Thompson and Dovie Preston Thompson. She attended public school in Paris, Texas, from 1931 to 1935. In 1936, her father moved the family to Texarkana, Arkansas, where she attended East Heights Elementary School. On December 24, 1937, her mother passed away leaving 12-year-old Joyce with primary responsibility for raising her siblings and maintaining the family household while her father worked to support the family. Joyce later attended North Heights Vocational High School where she played on the women's varsity basketball team. After graduating from high school in 1943, with World War II
in progress, she enlisted in the United States Navy
as a cadet nurse. She received her medical training at St. Joseph's School for Nurses in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where she graduated in 1946. With the end of World War II she left the Navy and completed post-graduate work in surgery at Stanford University in Berkeley, California. Later, she took and passed the state board examination in Texas and became a registered nurse. She maintained this certification throughout her career. On October 13, 1947, she married Aubrey Fry Hall, a navy veteran. In 1953, after a series of jobs in Texarkana, Texas, and Wichita, Kansas, they moved to Arlington, Texas, after Aubrey accepted an engineering position with Bell Helicopter in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area. Once settled in Arlington, Joyce worked for Ling-Temco-Vought (LTV) as a secretary. Later, she worked for several physicians in private practice. During this period she gave birth to sons Thomas (1953) and Phillip (1956), and was active as a volunteer at Arlington Memorial Hospital and St. Alban's Episcopal Church. In the mid-1960s she left private medical practice to work in the surgery department of Arlington Memorial Hospital. At Arlington Memorial Hospital she excelled, developing a reputation as an exceptional surgical nurse who performed well under the pressure of high-risk surgeries. In 1967 Joyce and Aubrey divorced, and shortly thereafter (in 1969) she accepted a position with General Motors
Corporation as a nurse in the Arlington assembly plant. She worked for General Motors for 18 years, retiring on August 1, 1987. In October 2001, her youngest son, Phillip, passed away unexpectedly. In retirement, her hobbies included gardening, reading, listening to gospel music, and doting on her grandsons. She also took painting classes, developed into a talented artist, and painted many beautiful pictures for family and friends. During her life Joyce raised two families, her younger brothers after her mother's death, and later her two sons. She fulfilled these responsibilities with unfailing devotion, generosity, tenderness and love. She was an outstanding parent, dedicated wife, and exceptional surgical nurse. In life she was an eternal optimist, full of positive comments and encouragement for her family and friends. She is remembered as a beloved mother, sister and friend. Survivors: Her son, Dr. Thomas Hall, daughter-in-law, Dr. Bethane Hall; and grandsons, John and James Hall. She is also survived by brothers, Claude Thompson and wife, Shirley, Dr. Jeff Thompson and wife, Jeanne; stepsister, Sue Thompson; and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces.