Mary Ellen Murphy Hall
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The wife of 14-term U.S. Congressman Ralph Hall (R-Rockwall), Mary Ellen Murphy Hall, passed away today at their Rockwall home. She was 83.
She had been in the hospital for two weeks but returned home Monday, according to Hall’s congressional office. She had long been battling a degenerative disease.
Rep. Hall had spent all his time with his wife since Congress was in recess and was with her when she died, according to Hall spokesman Tom Hughes.
“Mary Ellen was the love of my life and my best friend,” said Hall in a prepared statement. “She was a wonderful woman of great strength and character, a great mother and grandmother, and a wonderful companion and traveler.”
The Halls would have celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary in November. They married Nov. 14, 1944, while Hall was serving in the Navy in Pensacola FL, the same day Hall received his pilot’s wings.
Mary Ellen Hall was active in her church, First United Methodist in Rockwall. She graduated from Texas A&M Commerce with a degree in speech and drama. She served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Rockwall ISD from 1973 to 1978, twice serving as the board’s vice president, according to Rep. Hall’s office.
Hall said he has received many condolence calls.
“I know it is because of the many people she met who admired her and loved her.”
In addition to her husband, Mary Ellen Hall is survived by three sons and five grandchildren.
Funeral services are to be held at 4 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church, 1200 Yellow Jacket Ln. in Rockwall. A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Rest Haven Funeral Home in Rockwall.