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Cathedral parishioner awarded posthumous Bishop’s Medal

the Inland Register

(From the Jan. 18, 2001 edition of the Inland Register)

Ethel Hall, president of the pastoral council of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, was awarded the Bishop’s Medal for her outstanding leadership in the parish.

The medal was awarded posthumously by Bishop Skylstad on Dec. 10.

Mrs. Hall died Nov. 30 at the age of 96. The vigil service was Dec. 12; the funeral Mass was celebrated the next day. Both vigil and funeral were held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Ethel Hall was born in Plum City, Wis. She grew up in Idaho and attended what are now Eastern Washington University and Western Washington University before teaching in Washington public schools for two years.

After marrying she attended business college and worked for the Washington Water Power Company in a public outreach capacity — writing newspaper articles, giving radio talks, teaching cooking classes, and meeting with customers.

She married Clifford Hall in 1940 and worked as advertising manager for the Lewiston Tribune before the couple moved to Colville, where they operated businesses.

Upon her husband’s death she worked at Mt. Carmel Hospital before retiring in 1975.

As a Cathedral parishioner she headed the parish pastoral council, a ministry she took on well into her 80s. She also was active in several other aspects of Cathedral committee life: the altar society, finance, stewardship, social concerns and the newcomer committee. She also served as a lector and as a minister of hospitality.

Both of her husbands preceded her in death. She is survived by one grandchild and two great-grandchildren.

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