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Bessie Boyne Hall (nee Johnston)

July 12, 1925 ~ August 18, 2020 (age 95)


In loving memory of

Mrs. Bessie Boyne Hall (nee Johnston)

July 12, 1925 – August 18, 2020


Mrs. Boyne Hall was born on July 12, 1925, to Archibald Stewart Johnston and Jeanetta (Etta) Elizabeth (Thompson) Johnston, in Indian Head, Saskatchewan.  She grew up in Lethbridge, Alberta where she was a member of the “Glee Singers”, and sang in both local and provincial musical festivals.  She graduated with a B.A. from the University of Alberta in Edmonton in 1947 and worked at The Lethbridge Herald before marrying Dr. Herbert Bradley Hall of Drumheller, Alberta in 1949.

After her husband’s medical training, the family settled in Iroquois Falls, “just to get started”, but stayed for the rest of their lives.  Mrs. Hall was choir leader and organist at the United Church, and later at the Anglican Church, for over 35 years.  She supply taught at Iroquois Falls Secondary School, was editor of The Enterprise, and was a Public School Trustee.  Boyne was very musical, a self-trained pianist, who taught piano lessons to many local children.  She also loved playing the fiddle with The Primetime Fiddlers, who were very dear to her.

Mrs. Hall was the wife of the late Dr. H.B. (Bert) Hall.  Dearest mother of Anne (late Pete) Gilbert of Erieau, Trafford (Heather) Hall of Vernon, B.C., Lauren (Bill) Gibson of Matheson, Nancy (Joe) Testani of Niagara Falls, and the late Christopher Hall.  She was grandmother of Peter (Shelby) Gilbert, Scott (Jenn) Gilbert, Jenny Gibson, Joel (Joann) Gibson, Etta (Max) Hall, Annie (Luke) Slanina, the late Grace Hall, River (Cassie) Hall, James Testani and Sara Testani.  She was the great-grandmother of Eve, Faye, Gwen, Dorie, Brody, Grayson, and Hudson.

She was the sister of Jean (late Jerry) Hammon, Dorothy (late Hans) Steiner, the late Bill (Patricia) Johnston, the late Dick (Janice) Johnston, and Timothy (Rebecca) Johnston.  She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Private visitation for family only will be held followed by the internment at the Abitibi Cemetery in Iroquois Falls. 

If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or to the South Centennial Manor and would be greatly appreciated. 

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