Merdice Brannum Hall
June 21, 2014
Merdice Brannum Hall, born on January 14, 1928, passed into eternal life on Friday, June 21, 2014, at Providence Hospital in Northeast, Washington, DC at the age of 86. With her passing, a light from our house has gone out and a tender voice is silent. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and loyal friend. She will be remembered as spiritual, loving, forgiving and generous soul.
She was the youngest of nine children born to Arthur and Lilla Brannum, in Concord, North Carolina. Later her parents divorced and her mother was left alone to care for the family. Her mother passed away when she was very young and had to be raised by a paternal aunt. Her Aunt Debbie raised her along with three cousins in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Aunt Debbie saw to it that Merdice was raised and educated as best as she knew how. She attended South Carolina public schools. After High School she attended Barbara Scotia College where she received a B.S. degree in Nursing, majoring in Psychiatric Nursing. After college she met and married Scott Hall and had one daughter, Catheline Hall Jude from their union. With hopes of better job opportunities in the north, she and Scott with very little in tow, relocated to Washington, DC, where two of her older sisters, RosaLee and Ruth, were already living.
Her first job was working at The State Building at night in housekeeping. Later she worked at the Washington Post and the Washington Navy Yard before being hired as a psychiatric nurse at St. Elizabeth's hospital in Southeast Washington. She worked in "C" Building for 23 years on the 11 a.m.-7 p.m. shift. When she retired from the Federal Government, she went to Margaret Murray School of Cosmetology and became a licensed beautician. She took a job at Monroe Beauty Shop on 12th street in Northeast Washington and worked there for 8 years. She liked doing hair and sometimes would do family and friends' hair at her home. After the kids were all grown and out on their own, Merdice went to Stockton California to visit and made it her home for 6 years. She liked living on the west coast and made many friends there.
She was an active member of the Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church in Northeast Washington up until her death. Although when physical issues prevented her from attending church, she still kept in touch with its Pastor and members often. Merdice B. Hall will always be remembered as a well-loved neighbor and friend. She outlived many of her relatives and long-time friends.
After being separated from Scott Hall, she met Edward Neill and had four more children. Merdice leaves to cherish her memory, a sister, Fran Martin of Jamaica, New York, Catheline Jude, Terjuna O'Neal, Robert, Steve and Michael Neill. Her grandchildren include: Sedeka and Nigel Jude, Truitt O’Neal and LaTreece Humphies, Heather and Robert Jr.; Steven Jr.; and several great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a host of cousins, nieces, great-nieces and nephews.
The Memorial Service will be held on July 18, 2014, at the Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church, 610 Rhode Island Ave., NE, Washington, DC 20018 at 11 a.m.
Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church
610 Rhode Island Ave., NE
Washington, DC 20018
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