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Elda Hall

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March 18, 1921-July 15, 2008

Elda C. Hall, 87, of Mayville, N.D., died Tuesday, July 15, 2008, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley, Mayville office.

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Elda C. Brunzell was born to parents Conrad and Grace Brunzell on March 18, 1921 at Fergus Falls. She attended school in Fargo and graduated from Fargo Central High School in 1939. She graduated from Moorhead State Teachers College in 1941, and taught in Leonard, N.D.

In 1942, Elda married Richard G. Hall and they had four children: Rick, Cheryl, Connie and Margo. She had a great love for the arts and family and excelled at in her roles of mother, wife, cook, homemaker and business partner.

Dick and Elda pioneered the Hall Vending Company and the Polar Drive-In, an original 1950's eatery on what was then the northern edge of Fargo at 19th Avenue and University Drive. Active in high school in drama, sports, a capella choir and Masonic Rainbow, as an adult she was a member of the PTA, La Sertoma, and the First Methodist Church in Fargo.

Most of all a loving mother and grandmother, she enjoyed drama, painting, crossword puzzles, shell collecting and bird watching. Her colorful and fanciful paintings grace the walls of her children's homes.

Elda was her children's biggest fan, encouraging their creativity and development in many areas. Her love of water -- lake and ocean -- led to summers and sunsets at Lake Melissa, and walking the sands of the Gulf of Mexico in Dunedin and Clearwater Beach, Fla., where she and Dick lived for 20 years and operated the Black Ostrich, a seaside gift shop.

Elda will be remembered by many for her sensitive listening and concern for children, neighbors, friends, and caregivers -- everyone she met was touched by her loving, gentle interest and attention; and captivated by her beautiful blue eyes and warm smile.

Surviving Elda are her children, Rick Hall (Verna Kragnes) of Osceola, Wis., Cheryl (John) Kippen of Detroit Lakes, Connie (Rod) Jahnke of Audubon and Margo (Teddy) Beach of Hillsboro, N.D.; four grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

Preceding Elda in death were her parents; sister, Vivian Olson; and husband, Dick.

A memorial service was held at Eksjo Lutheran Church, near Lake Park, on Friday, July 18, with interment following at Oak Grove Cemetery, Detroit Lakes.

Memorials are preferred sent to Hospice of the Red River Valley and Altru Home Health, both in Mayville, N.D.

Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Those wanting to share their memories of Elda are invited to sign the online guestbook at www.hansonrunsvold.com.

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