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“Barb, I am sorry for your loss. Your mother was such a nice lady. Prayers are with you. ”
1 of 5 | Posted by: Marie Kugler - Red Cloud, NE

“Sorry for your loss. Always enjoyed Leola when she worked at the cafe. ”
2 of 5 | Posted by: joe delimont - Lebanon, KS

“Sorry for your loss. Always enjoyed visiting with Leola. ”
3 of 5 | Posted by: Esther Delimont - Lebanon, KS

“We are so sorry about your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
4 of 5 | Posted by: The Stan Ellis family - Red Cloud, NE

“She was a wonderful person! My dad George always would make it a point to visit her when he was in the area. I know he is with her now and they are...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: Rebecca Burgess - Esbon, KS


Leola Dale Hall, the daughter of Lillie May (Clupper) and Samuel Fredrick Burgess, was born July 21, 1915 in Smith County, Kansas in the Lebanon community. She departed this life on Monday, January 6, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska at the age of 98 years, 5 months and 15 days. A lifelong resident of the area, Leola received her formal education attending the Lebanon schools. She was united in marriage with Delmar Leo Davis on February 29, 1936. This union was blessed with six children. They continued to make their home and raise their family in the community. For many years Leola was an Avon representative and enjoyed visiting with her many friends. She worked doing housekeeping and babysitting for neighbors, and for a number of years she operated the café. Delmar passed away on September 26, 1974. On November 6, 1977, she married Vernon Hall. They continued to make Lebanon their home. Vernon also preceded her in death on February 7, 1996. Leola was involved in a number of civic and community organizations. She was a member of the Christian Church and always looked forward to participating in the church's various activities. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Over Sixties Club. For years she volunteered her time helping to distribute commodities. In her leisure time she enjoyed playing cards, dancing and playing the guitar with Delmar and her brother, Guy, at area dances. Her greatest love and enthusiasm in life was for her kids and grandkids, and she especially looked forward to time spent with them. Leola's personality was pervaded by her strong work ethic and determination. She will be deeply missed by all who know her. Preceding her in death were her parents, her husbands Delmar and Vernon, a daughter Donna Gibson, sons Verlin Davis and Virgil Davis, a grandson Larry Holder, Jr., three sisters Ruby McMahon, Martha McConnell and Esther Burgess, and brothers Elmer "Jack", George, Baxter "Red", John and Guy Burgess. Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Barbara Merrill and husband Arnold of Red Cloud, Nebraska; Eve Holder and fiancé, Bruce Kalblinger of Farnam, Nebraska, Connie Garnand and husband Doug of Topeka, Kansas, daughter-in-law, Darlene Davis of Red Cloud and son-in-law, Willie Gibson of Riley, Kansas. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild, other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Thursday, 10:30 a.m., January 9, 2014 at the Christian Church in Lebanon, Kansas with Pastor Lance McDowell officiating. Interment was at the Home Sweet Home Cemetery at Lebanon. Memorials are suggested to the Lebanon Christian Church. Williams Funeral Home 241 West 4th Avenue Red Cloud, Nebraska 68970 Ph: 402-746-2500 williamsfuneralhomes@yahoo.com

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