Jeanne Karen "Jeannie" Hall, born in Birmingham, Ala., on Feb. 2, 1954, passed away in Tennova Residential Hospice in Halls on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. She was surrounded by family, friends and the wonderfully compassionate staff at Tennova. She was also sung into heaven by the birdsongs of her many feathered friends outside her windows.
Preceding her in death were her father, William Bruce "Bill" Hall; as well as her paternal grandparents, S.E. and Gertrude P. Hall; and maternal grandparents, Wilford C. and Laurie F. Ellis.
She is survived by her spouse and best friend, James P. "Jim" Browne; mother, Betty Ellis Hall; sisters, Lynne Hall Spires (Rob) and Lauren A. Hall; nephew, Michael Acree; stepchildren, Jennifer Browne MacIsaac (Jason), Paul Browne (Yelim) and Rita Gayle Browne, who is also her goddaughter. She also enjoyed a special role as "Mimi" to her two beloved "grandgirls," Fiona and Rowan MacIsaac, with whom she shared many wonderful adventures. The family pets, Basha the dog and Nellie B.B. Browne the cat, will miss her hugs as well.
She loved all creatures great and small and was enjoying her newest hobby of fostering homeless dogs. Her church family is St. James Episcopal, where she had many close friends who have been so very supportive during the past several months. She was a graduate of East Tennessee State University (1978, BS), and the University of Tennessee (1986, MSSW). She had worked in the mental health field for many years, most recently with Cherokee Health Systems, where she developed many lasting friendships. She also completed the very extensive four-year EFM (Education for Ministry) program offered by the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee through the University of the South at Sewanee. She had a wide variety of interests, including gardening, working with the new-member ministry at St. James, travel, books, planning adventures, "outings" with her mother, sisters and friends and spending as much time as possible with Fiona and Rowan. She loved poetry, children's literature and many genres of music. She had, on more than one occasion, volunteered at various children's grief camps. She had also been a church school teacher
, and she had assisted both at St. John's Cathedral and St. James Episcopal Church in many ways over a long period of time.
A celebration of life and Requiem Mass for her will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, in St. James Episcopal Church, 1101 N. Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917, with the Rev. John Mark Wiggers officiating. The family will visit with friends in the parish hall following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either St. James Episcopal Church or At Risk Intervention (nonprofit dog rescue/fostering organization), 2000 Stock Creek Road, Knoxville, TN 37920. Cremation Options Inc., www.cremationoptionsinc.com
, is in charge of arrangements.