Vera D. (Patterson) Hall

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Vera D. Patterson Hall, 82, of Sorbertown Hill, Hunlock Creek, passed away early Thursday morning, March 7, 2013. Her husband, Richard B. Hall, passed away on Dec. 5, 2009, ending a marital span of almost 60 years. Together again.

Born on Sept. 23, 1930 in Nanticoke, she was a daughter of the late John W. and May Myers Patterson. Vera was a graduate of Nanticoke High School, class of 1948.

At the time of her retirement, she was employed as a secretary/receptionist in the office of Dr. Richard P. Schell, DDS, Nanticoke.

Mrs. Hall was a member of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Churches of Nanticoke and Wilkes-Barre for more than 50 years and served in many offices. Among the positions she held were president of the church women's group, head deaconess, teacher and, for more than 20 years, organist and choir director. In 2002, she and her late husband joined the Hunlock Creek United Methodist Church and were active in the music ministry and activities committee.

In Hunlock Township, Vera was the last PTA president and the first PTO president at the former elementary school. She also was active with the fire company ladies auxiliary and served on the Hunlock Creek Ambulance Association Board for many years. She also served with the Board of Elections as a machine inspector for many years and assisted with vision screening for the Association for the Blind for 35 years.

Vera and Rich enjoyed bowling most of their lives, and bowled many years at Stanton Lanes, Wilkes-Barre.

The caption with Vera's picture in her 1948 yearbook told the story of her life: "Vim, vigor and vitality plus a keen mind are the inevitable characteristics of Vera. Her inviting smile and charm are irresistible."

In addition to her parents and her husband, Richard, she was preceded in death by a son, Van W. Hall, and granddaughter, Hope Marie Hall, both on Feb. 17, 1985; brothers, Marvin W. Patterson and John R. Patterson; and a sister, Luella Babey.

Surviving is her son, Ross J. Hall, and his wife, JoAnn; granddaughters, Jessica and Stephanie; great-granddaughters, Isabella and Ellie, all of Hunlock Creek. She is also survived by a brother, George Patterson, Hunlock Creek; sister-in-law, Carol Patterson, Plymouth; daughter-in-law, Barbara Shadle and her husband, Daniel; grandson Justin and his wife, Kim; great-granddaughter, Payton; and grandson Dillon, all of Omaha, Neb. Additionally, an aunt, Adeline Patterson, and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins survive her.

Vera and Rich enjoyed being with their many friends, going on trips and vacations and sharing holidays and activities around the church. Thanks to all of them, and especially to caregivers Sue, Bev and Tammy.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 10 a.m. from Davis-Dinelli Funeral Home, 170 E. Broad St., Nanticoke, with Pastor Timothy G. Hall officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Hanover Township. Visitation will be Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the funeral home.
Published in Times Leader on Mar. 8, 2013