Adele Hall Dies at 81

Kansas City civic leader Adele C. Hall, the wife of Hallmark Cards Chairman Donald J. Hall, has died Saturday. She was 81.

She was at their home in Hawaii with her husband Donald Joyce Hall, chairman of Hallmark Cards.

Hall, born in 1931 in Lincoln, Neb., had been married to her husband for nearly 60 years, the Kansas City-based greeting cards company said.

“If there ever was a first lady of Kansas City, it was Adele,” said Henry Bloch, founder of H&R Block, whose association with the Halls in civic and philanthropic endeavors goes back decades.

Adele Hall was the first woman to be president of the Heart of America United Way and also honored as the Kansas Citian of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce. She served as board chairman of Children’s Mercy Hospital and also was named the Kindest Kansas Citian by the STOP Violence Coalition.

Funeral arrangements were pending. Hall is survived by her husband, two sons, and several grandchildren.