Mary Clayton Hall, 88, homemaker enjoyed word games

June 27, 2006

Mary Clayton Hall, a homemaker and a longtime College Park resident, died of pneumonia Sunday at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. She was 88.

She was born and raised Mary Clayton Williams in Powhatan, Va. She earned a degree in business administration in 1939 from what is now the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va., and during World War II worked for the Army in Richmond, Va.

She was married in 1945 to Thomas W. Hall, a French professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. Mr. Hall died in 1991.

Mrs. Hall was an avid Scrabble player and enjoyed reading and crossword puzzles. She also had an extensive collection of miniature porcelain shoes.

After 40 years in College Park, she lived for a decade in Bel Air before moving in the late 1990s to Hillhaven, an assisted-living facility in Takoma Park.

Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 1 St. Mary's Church Road, Emmorton.

Surviving are a son, Thomas W. Hall of Potomac; a daughter, Martha H. Kipke of Great Falls, Va.; and four grandchildren.

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