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Roma V. Hall

iconHall, Roma V. PALM SPRINGS-- Roma V. Hall, a Palm Springs resident, died on February 12, 2013, at the age of 77. Roma loved animals and spent much of her professional life as an attorney advocating on behalf of children. Her devotion to animals and children was part of Roma's general love of life; she was interesting and interested. She was funny and at the same time, soulful and serious. She was a great friend to those fortunate enough to know her, and she leaves behind many good friends. She is survived by her soul mate, Judy Kenwood, who was her devoted partner for almost 20 years. Roma spent her last days, as always, in Judy's care. She also leaves behind her son, Randy Hall; daughter-in-law, Lisa Hall; granddaughters, Heather Hall and Amanda Hall; and her great-grandson, Aeden Hall all of Orange County. Roma was a renaissance woman: She was a single mother and a U.S. military veteran; she was independent and self-sufficient; she worked in health care; she was a compassionate, tough lawyer who knew both the judges and the law. She was a bohemian, in the best sense: born and raised in Portland, she left at an early age to explore the world, and that exploration never ceased. She was a talented self-taught artist. She was an Anglophile, and traveled extensively in England. There were always new and special animals around Roma, whose tastes were diverse: Chinese crested hairless dogs, miniature horses, a brace of English bulldogs and finally her teacup poodle, "Baby". She was self-effacing. Even though not a high school graduate, she attended and graduated from law school relatively late in life at the age of 44 from Western State University Law School, a class uniquely filled with feminist energy and accomplishment. She practiced law for many years in various locales, including San Diego County, Victorville, and the Coachella Valley, until her retirement two years ago. Even though she grew up in a repressive era, Roma insisted on living life as the person she was. She was a trailblazer without a chip on her shoulder or an axe to grind. Despite considerable adversity, Roma always sought and saw the best in people and situations. Roma was one of a kind, and this World will be a smaller, less interesting place in her absence.


Published in U-T San Diego on Feb. 24, 2013
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