June 16, 1934 – May 19, 2017
Brenda Hall, aged 82, passed away on May 19, 2017 in Seattle, Washington after a brief illness. Brenda was born on June 16, 1934 in Rochdale, Lancashire England, the daughter of Frederick Shea and Florence May Shea (nee Nicholas).
Brenda grew up in Rochdale and met her future husband John Hall at a local church dance. The couple was married in 1954 at Saint Mary Church, Balderstone in Rochdale and soon after moved to the town of Poulton le Fylde to be near John’s work at English Electric Aviation. During the remaining 12 years in England, Brenda owned and operated a successful hair dressing business in both Rochdale and then Poulton.
Married for 62 years, Brenda and John raised their 2 children Robert and Jacqueline initially in Lancashire England and finally in the Seattle Washington area, after moving there in 1966 for John to work at Boeing. Brenda along with John and her children became naturalized citizens of the U.S. on September 1, 1972 which opened the door for Brenda to pursue other work opportunities. In 1974, Brenda graduated from Lake Washington Vocational-Technical College with her Certificate as a Medical Assistant. After 15 years working as a medical assistant at the Lakeshore Clinic in Kirkland, Brenda decided she wanted to again return to college to pursue a higher degree. Over the course of 5 years, Brenda continued to work part time and attended a part-time interior design degree program at Bellevue Community College. It was during this time that Brenda discovered her interest and talents for fine arts including stone sculpture and watercolor, the latter of which she flourished in during the rest of her life. In 1994, at the age of 60, Brenda graduated with an Associate of Arts and Science degree with honors in interior design. After graduating, Brenda chose to focus her time on her watercolor art and participated as a successful member of Gallery North in Edmonds for many years.
Brenda was a wonderful wife and mother, and possessed the innate ability to balance these roles while exploring her own talents and interests. Brenda was always present to encourage and support her children in their own participation in music, athletics, and scouting activities. Brenda’s love of family also extended to her many pets over the years including cats and dogs, and most recently her basset hound – Nelson who enriched her life and served as a model for her art.
Brenda had a rich and adventurous life including being a world traveler and exploring her many artistic talents. Throughout her life, Brenda loved to spend time outdoors whether tent camping, spending the day knitting on the family boat while others fished, kayaking the local waters, or discovering the amazing wildlife while on safari in Africa. Brenda rarely turned down the opportunity to try something new or travel to a new location, and translated her experiences in life into unique and treasured watercolor and colored pencil art over many years.
Brenda was known for her ease in conversation around others, an entertaining sense of humor, a sliver of mischief, and her positive energy. Throughout her life, Brenda maintained a sweet and simple demeanor accompanied by a contagious smile, quick wit and genuine caring which will never be forgotten. Brenda is survived by her husband John Hall; son Robert John Hall of Bellevue, WA; and daughter Jacqueline Anne Hall of Edmonds, WA; brothers-in-law William Hall (Christina) and Brian Hall of Yorkshire, England; four nieces and two nephews; and a number of other relatives and many close friends. There will be a memorial service at the Acacia Memorial Park, with a Celebration of Life reception following at the Chateau at Bothell Landing.
Memorial donations can be made to: National Parkinson Foundation 200 SE 1st Street Suite 800 Miami, Florida 33131 or on line at http://www.parkinson.org/get-involved/ways-to-give
Yet, beyond financial donations, continue Brenda’s legacy: Treat others the way you would like to be treated. i.e. Do a loving act of kindness, make someone laugh, send a card, give a hug, or say “I love you” to your special friend in her memory. Adopt a shelter pet. Eat chocolate. Protect the earth and its incredible wildlife. Plant a garden. Explore your talents and enjoy them - as Brenda would say: “you’ll never know until you try”.
I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one. I'd like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done. I'd like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways, Of happy times and laughing times and bright sunny days. I'd like the tears of those who grieve to dry before the sun. Of happy memories that I leave When my life is done.
- Memorial Service Friday, June 23, 2017
- Please join us after for a celebration reception of Brenda's life
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Pamela Van Pelt
June 29, 2017
I'm so sorry to hear of Brenda's passing. Brenda's smile and humor and the person she was, was loved by so many. Brenda touched so many lives with her kindness. She was a precious person and a phenomenal artist.
June 25, 2017
So very sorry to hear of Brenda's passing. I am so glad I got to spend time at Samish with you, Brenda. Safe travels!
June 12, 2017
I was so sorry to hear of Brenda's death. I knew her from Gallery North, and she was delightful in spirit, humor, kindness and a wonderful artist. You had to be very quick witted to keep up with Brenda! Loving thoughts to John and family.
Delores Haugland, Edmonds WA
June 6, 2017
I loved knowing Brenda. She was kind and I really enjoyed her sense of humor. My heart goes out to her loved ones, I'm sure she will be greatly missed.
June 4, 2017
Dear John, Jacquie and Bob...Thank you for sharing Brenda's paintings on this page. She was a whimsical, talented artist, and both my artistic and personal lives are all the better for her presence. She had a real love for animals and I'm happy to say that I have one of her frogs hanging next to my laundry room door. I "see" Brenda everyday. Her sense of humor and weekly joke at our Monday morning watercolor classes at the Kirkland Art Center all those years ago were a highlight of my week. We sat next to each other at those classes and they were happy Mondays, indeed. Some people say that their lives are worthwhile if they can make a difference to at least one person. I have to say that Brenda made a difference, really made the world a brighter place and gave at least THIS one person many a smile. I will always remember Brenda with joy and a chuckle. I am truly sorry for your loss.
May 31, 2017
aI am so sorry to hear of your loss. May the fond memories of your loved one sustain family at this time. May you also receive comfort from what is stated at 1 Peter 5:6,7