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Hall, Hortense, D.
Hortense "Molly" Hall, of West Haven, entered peaceful rest and rejoicing on December 30, 2017 in her home, surrounded by family. Born in Kingston, Jamaica she was a daughter of George Riley and Rosalin Smythe. Hortense moved from Jamaica to England in 1960, where she was married and raised her family. A master craftsman, she was a gifted dressmaker and sample maker perfecting her craft since she was sixteen years old. Her bespoke creations have graced the stage of the Miss Universe Pageant and countless runways, she was the dressmaker of choice for the personal designer of Bianca Jagger, Mick Jagger's former wife in London, England. After moving to the United States in 1980 with her children, she continued her entrepreneurial ventures with contracts from MotherCare, custom men's dress shirts, choir and pastoral robes, hand-beaded wedding gowns, dance competition costumes and so much more. She retired from FYC International in East Haven. Although she enjoyed sewing and gardening, she was most fond of spending time with her family especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a faithful member of Joy Temple Church in New Haven and served as an Usher and a member of the choir. Hortense is survived by her husband, Roydel A. Hall of Kingston, Jamaica; daughters, Anne-Marie [Brungard] Knight and her husband Charles of West Haven, Norma Brown and her husband Rudy of Stratford, Patricia West of Vernon, her son, Roydel A. Hall, Jr. and his wife Laura of England; her brothers Herbert Riley and his wife Lileith, Bishop Dr. Cecil G. Riley and his wife Eleanor of Brooklyn, NY; her sisters Norma Riley Bunsie of Toronto, Canada, and Madge Riley of Brooklyn, NY; 15 cherished grandchildren and nine beloved great-grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, including her dearest best friend of 60 years, Cynthia (Knox) McLaughlin of Brooklyn, NY.; her God-daughter, Susannah Knox; and sons-in-law Philip Brungard and Michael West. She is predeceased by her mother, father, her son, Jerry Hall and her sister, Percess Mattison. A celebration of Hortense's life will take place Friday, January 12, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Joy Temple Church, 424 Howard Ave. New Haven, CT 06519. Friends may call to the church from 9:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m. Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery New Haven. Memorial contributions can be made to The Sister Hall Memorial Scholarship Fund at Joy Temple Church. Services by Howard K. Hill Funeral Services, 1287 Chapel St. New Haven, CT 06511. To leave a message of comfort for the Hall family please visit,
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Published in The New Haven Register on Jan. 10, 2018
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