H. Ruth Hall
November 13, 1929 – October 19, 2018
H. Ruth Hyland Hall, 88, of Spokane, Washington, passed away Friday, October 19, 2018 quietly in her sleep.
Mrs. Hall was born November 13, 1929, in Cleveland, Ohio, to James Ward Hyland and Helen Clara Roth. She was the fourth of five children. Her four brothers: James Ward, John Roth, Charles Frederick, and Robert Earl preceded her in death.
A life-long learner, Ruth graduated from John Marshall High School, Bowling Green State University with a B.A. in mathematics and earned certificates as a bank teller, electronic technician and computer operator. She worked as a mathematician for NACA and its successor NASA in the beginning years of the Space program – a female pioneer in the STEM field.
Ruth met her husband, Gaylord C. Hall, Jr. on an Alaskan cruise. They were married in December 1965 and moved to Spokane. He preceded her in death.
She gave piano lessons at the Hutton Settlement for 20 years and was a reading tutor at Brentwood Elementary School. A Christian, she served as treasurer at some of the churches she attended. Mrs. Hall enjoyed reading, music and playing the piano. She loved children and animals. She did beautiful embroideries for others and herself. She loved the outdoors – flowers, gardening and walking. She was always up for traveling, especially a cruise or river rafting, even though she didn’t swim. She loved waterfalls, specifically Sahalie Falls. She sent cards and wrote letters to friends and family for birthdays and special occasions.
She is survived by her stepson, Gaylord C. Hall, III and his former wife, Jacqueline, of Dallas; two step granddaughters, Cheryl (Matt) Duffus of Shelby, North Carolina, and Emily Hall of Ventura, California; one great granddaughter, Isabel Duffus, and 16 nieces and nephews.
The family would like to express appreciation to the staff of the Evergreen unit of Royal Park Health and Rehabilitation who have taken loving care of Mrs. Hall for almost four years. She will be laid to rest at Fairmont Memorial Park in Spokane.