Pamela Star (Irey) Hall
May 20, 1952 ‒ August 18, 2019
A woman of passion and tenacity, a Marion community advocate and leader, Pam Hall, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 18, 2019, at Marion General Hospital, with her loving husband, Chuck, son Trevor, cousin Jackie (Irey) Mooney and Rev. Tom Toney by her side following a courageous four year battle with cancer. She was 67 years old.
On May 20, 1952, Pam was born in Duquesne, PA, the only child of Laurence “Larry” Dale and Marion Ruth (Bauer) Irey. As a family, they moved to Caledonia when she was 3 months old so her father could return to the family livestock hauling business, C.K. Irey & Sons. She graduated from River Valley High School in the class of 1970, with fond memories of cheerleading, choir and band.
While furthering her education at Marion Technical College, Pam also began her working career at Floyd Browne and Associates (FBA). She was blessed with 27 years of opportunities including, at the age of 30, being the first female and youngest partner selected for firm ownership.
Pam met Chuck in Marion and on July 3, 1975 they were married, and they have cherished their 44 years of marriage.
In 1995, Pam served as a volunteer on the Marion Area Chamber of Commerce Board. This led to a mid-life crisis decision when the then Chamber President decided to retire and she felt the calling to change professions. In 1998, she began a 21 year career as President of the Chamber which allowed her to have a broader impact on the community she so dearly loved. She devoted her life to furthering the Chamber’s mission, to provide leadership for improving the economic prosperity and quality of life of the Marion area. Pam’s tireless passion for the betterment of Marion allowed her in conjunction with the Chamber, city officials and business leaders, to move the community into many new directions. On behalf of the Marion area businesses, she never stopped advocating for more efficient government for over two decades. Her passion and conviction led to a few major efficiency accomplishments. In 2008, the Chamber led a successful ballot initiative to combine the two health departments. And in 2015, the Chamber celebrated with our residents that the City and County created a combined 911 dispatch center. Pam and the Chamber also were instrumental in bringing the Marion County Land Bank to life, which led to the demolishing of countless blighted properties. In 2018, the Chamber created an award in Pam’s honor, the Pam Hall Betterment of Marion Award, which will be given annually to honor a person who has had major influence on the prosperity of the Marion community.
Being a community servant was Pam’s greatest passion and hobby. She was grateful to have served as Co-Chair of Fund Raising for Project Playground, Board member and chair of: the Marion Area Counseling Center, the United Way of Marion County, Marion Noon Kiwanis and the Marion Community Foundation. She served in the campaigns for United Way for many years, serving once as Campaign Chair during which she initiated the concept of Pillar giving. Club participation included: Altrusa, Kiwanis and in more recent years, Rotary. She served on the Marion CanDo Board, Emanuel Lutheran Day Care Board, Rushmore Academy Board and the OSU Alber Enterprise Advisory Council. She was the recipient of the 1995 Distinguished Citizen Award from Scantland Communications, the 2017 Athena Award from the Marion Women’s Business Council, the Chamber’s Pam Hall Betterment of Marion Award and the 2019 Community Leadership Award from the Marion County Republican Party.
A woman of deep faith, Pam was a member of the Dayspring Wesleyan Church, and formerly was a member of the Emanuel Lutheran Church.
In the rare moments when Pam wasn’t working, she loved shopping for clothes and jewelry. She had a vibrant flair, a fun and colorful style that was all her own.
While some are blessed with intelligence, others with streets smarts and still others with passion for a cause, it is rare to find all of these elements embodied in one individual. She had an amazing way with words, giving moving and unforgettable speeches, and sharing insightful and beautifully written articles through the Chamber newsletter. The Marion community was blessed to have had such a tremendous leader for so many years. “We thank you, Pam, for your unbridled passion, your knowledge of the past, and your tenacity for the future. A grateful community commends your efforts and thanks you for the remarkable difference you have made.”
She will be dearly missed by her husband, Charles “Chuck” Hall Jr.; son and daughter-in-law: Trevor and Kaitlyn Hall; “the most beautiful grandbaby in the world,” Emerson Kate Hall; and one more on the way.
As an only child, Pam was blessed with the Irey Cousins: Mike, Jackie, Doug, Lou and Adam who, along with their spouses and children adopted her into their family for holiday gatherings. Others left to cherish her memory include sister-in-laws and brother-in-laws, cousins, nieces, nephews and the most incredible friends a person could ever imagine.
Her family will greet friends from 3 – 7 pm on Thursday, August 22, 2019, at the Dayspring Wesleyan Church (address below). Services celebrating Pam’s inspirational life will also be held at the church on Friday at 10:30 am, with Pastor Chuck Osborne officiating. Following the services, please plan to join in a luncheon in her honor at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like memorial contributions may be made to the Marion Community Foundation, Hall Economic Development Fund, 504 S. State St., Marion, and to the Dayspring Wesleyan Church, 2431 Marion-Mt Gilead Rd, Marion.
Pam’s final requests: “make memories every single day, allow God to guide your every move, be a servant within your community, do unto others, remember that your body is God’s temple….there is absolutely no excuse to avoid having a colon screening.”
On behalf of her family they would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to her adopted sisters Jackie and Lou, “the inner circle” (Heidi, Mary Ellen, Julie, Shelly, Cheryl and husbands), Linda Forster (who sat with Pam during her many treatments), Jana Bauer (Trevor’s second Mom), Deb and Gary Hinaman, Sheila Cowdrey, Rochelle Thompson, the gang at infusion especially Brandy and Deb, Dr. Bhinder and the so, so many others that shared Pam’s life.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Pam’s family and your favorite Pam stories can be shared with them via www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.