Agnes E. Hall, missionary and registered nurse

October 25, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Agnes E. Hall, a retired registered nurse who earlier had been a missionary, died of pneumonia Oct. 18 at her Rodgers Forge home. She was 85.

Agnes Elizabeth Houston, the daughter of wheat farmers, was born and raised in Kisbey, Saskatchewan, Canada. After graduating from high school in 1941, she earned her nursing degree from Grey Nuns Hospital in Regina, Saskatchewan. She worked as a hospital and private duty nurse before taking a job as a camp nurse in Ontario.

After training at Toronto Bible College, Mrs. Hall went to Ethiopia, where she was a nurse with the Sudan Interior Mission. While in Ethiopia, she met and married Bruce Thomas Hall, a Baltimorean and an ordained minister and electrical engineer, in 1955.

The couple continued doing missionary work until returning to Rodgers Forge in 1969.

Mrs. Hall went to work at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, where she helped established the hospital's endoscopy department. She retired in 1987. She was a member of the Endoscopy Society of Registered Nurses.

Mrs. Hall and her husband were avid campers and hikers, and were members of the Baltimore Campers Association. They also participated in the Elderhostel program.

Mrs. Hall was an accomplished knitter and liked to donate her knitted baby clothes to families in need, family members said.

She was an active member of the Dorcas Women's Circle at Central Presbyterian Church in Towson.

Mrs. Hall was a member and sang with the choir of Timonium Presbyterian Church, 303 W. Timonium Road, where a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow.

Surviving are her husband, a retired Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. electrical engineer; two daughters, Rhoda Elizabeth Hall Wolfe of Sebring, Fla., and Barbara Lee Tillman of Rockville; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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