Violet P. Hale, 89, died in Springfield on Feb. 14 after many years of diabetes.
She was born on Dec. 28, 1920, to Frank L. Walker and Dora B. (Phares) Walker in Oregon City. Hale grew up along Ennis Creek and the McKenzie River, attending Blue River schools. She rowed a wood boat to and from school because they met the school bus each day across the river.
She played basketball at Blue River High School, where they had a home-court advantage because the lamps in the gym were much dimmer than electric lights to which the opponents were accustomed.
Hale graduated from Warner Pacific College. She worked as a proof-reader for the Eugene Register-Guard. Her knowledge of biblical Greek was very useful in Bible studies she participated in.
She married Bill Hale on Aug. 7, 1946, in Roseburg. They moved to Burns in 1947. Hale was the choir director at Highland Assembly of God Church in Hines. She taught Sunday School for many years for nursery school age to adults. She was the Chair of the Harney County Republican Central Committee. Hale was also a member of a women’s group that made quilts for babies in the hospital, and other charitable purposes.
Hale is survived by her children, Ruth Williams, Earlene Durant, Grace Ness, Dave Hale, Linda Pifer, John Hale, Steve Hale, Joe Hale and Bob Hale; sisters, Faith Davie, Martha Smith, June Standafer, Ruth Buckle and Rachel Spencer; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William E. Hale; brother, John P. Walker; and sisters, Louine Cox and Merry Davis.
A graveside service was held at the Burns Cemetery on Feb. 19, followed by a memorial service at Faith Baptist Church in Hines. Reverand Mike Fast officiated, Lois White played piano and Lora Fast sang “His Eye Is On The Sparrow.” Pallbearers were Hale’s sons — Dave, John, Steve, Joe and Bob Hale — and her grandson, Ralph Williams. Honorary bearers were her many friends.
Contributions in Hale’s memory may be made to Compassion International, P.O. Box 65000, Colorado Springs, CO 80962-9951, or in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.