Adele Hall was a remarkable woman who committed her life to making Kansas City a better place. Her devotion to The Salvation Army had its roots in her childhood in Lincoln, Nebraska where she and her family developed an abiding appreciation for the good works of the organization.

Adele was involved in many good causes in Kansas City, but she had a particular passion to help children. One of her many lasting legacies is The Salvation Army Children’s Shelter, which, for more than 30 years, has cared for abused and neglected children in the community. Since opening in 1981, the Shelter has cared for over 6,700 children in crisis and was the first facility dedicated to keeping sibling sets together in one location.

Adele was a member of The Salvation Army Advisory Board for more than 30 years and was given Lifetime Member status in 2001. She was awarded The Salvation Army’s top honor, The William Booth Award, in 2011, which is bestowed on those who have made substantial contributions to the work of The Army. Adele was familiar with the Booth Award, having accepted the same honor with her husband Donald in 1980, on behalf of the Joyce C. Hall Family. In 2008, the company Hallmark Cards, Inc. received The Salvation Army Corporate and Business Leadership Award. In addition, Adele and Donald served as The Salvation Army’s Honorary Christmas Campaign Co-Chairs in 1996.

Adele was a generous financial donor to The Salvation Army, but was also hands-on in her work. She, along with her family, rang bells on the Plaza in front of Halls every year, even ringing from a wheelchair in 2004 when she broke her ankle. She also served for many years on The Army’s Christmas Food Basket Committee, which raises donations to provide a holiday meal for thousands of families in need each Christmas.

Adele touched the lives of so many people in Kansas City and throughout the country. She will be missed but leaves a legacy of love and compassionate leadership that will endure for many years.

Click here to make a donation in Adele’s memory. Check donations may be mailed to The Salvation Army, 3637 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111. Please write “In Memory of Adele Hall” in the memo line.

“This is a sad day for Kansas City and the country,” said Major Charles Smith, Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army in Kansas City. “Adele Hall was a generous benefactor to numerous worthy causes in our community, including The Salvation Army. She had a true servant’s heart and a beautiful soul. She touched the lives of so many people and her compassionate and gracious spirit will be deeply missed.”