Ann Joslyn Hall Murray
- August 12, 1950 - August 4, 2012
- Coralville, Iowa
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“My name is Fabiana Moreira Alves, I'm Brazilian, and in 1993 I went to live in the United States. Ann was my first teacher of English, and certainly...Read More »
1 of 34 | Posted by: Fabiana Moreira Alves - IA
“Dear Alberta and David & Lynn, and entire Hall-Murray family, I feel that I knew Ann so well since we were not only neighbors, but also I was her...Read More »
2 of 34 | Posted by: David Ward - Willoughby, OH
“We were very happy to join Alberta's family when my Dad married Alberta. We always enjoyed visiting them in Iowa City and eating at Ann and Jim's...Read More »
3 of 34 | Posted by: Bill & Pat Randall - SC
“Dear Jim, Amy and Brett,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. I will never forget the great memories...Read More »
4 of 34 | Posted by: Jessi Gordon - New York, NY
“To the Murray and Hall families,
I am so very sorry that Ann has passed away. I enjoyed getting to know her and her family after my Dad married...Read More »
5 of 34 | Posted by: Mary Randall Bailey - Columbus, MT
“Dear Jim, Amy, and Brett --
I will always remember my 12+ years growing up on MacBride/Calvin across the street from the Murray family with...Read More »
6 of 34 | Posted by: Sarah Gordon - Durham, NC
“Jim and family,
We were sorry to read in the paper about Ann's passing. We have fond memories of neighboring on Burns Avenue. You are in our...Read More »
7 of 34 | Posted by: Skip and Marilyn Kempnich - IA
“Ann was a lively person in all she did. I was acquainted through Dental wives and English teaching. It is sad that this disease can strike anyone...Read More »
8 of 34 | Posted by: Sonia Ettinger - Iowa City, IA
“To the family members of Ann,
We send our most sincere condolences. Ann will most certainly be missed as her goodness was known everywhere she...Read More »
9 of 34 | Posted by: The Mattaliano Family - IOWA CITY, IA
“Dear Jim, We are so very sorry that you have lost Ann. She was such a delightful and vivacious gal. Our boys, Greg and Andrew, join us in sending...Read More »
10 of 34 | Posted by: Julene and Gary Dutton - FL
“to the entire hall family.......
i have so many precious memories of the hall family during our high school years....especially with dave & ann &...Read More »
11 of 34 | Posted by: michael andorf - brandon, IA
“I will always remember Ann as beautiful. She had flawless skin and a wonderful smile. She was younger by 3 yrs., but I remember seeing her in the...Read More »
12 of 34 | Posted by: Trina K. Bell - Palatine, IL
“So sorry to hear about Ann passing. She was a very special person and will be missed.
13 of 34 | Posted by: Bill Whisler - Huxley, IA
“I was stunned and so saddened to receive an email from PAt Knebel with Ann's obituary. What a loss for her family and friends! When I lived in Iowa...Read More »
14 of 34 | Posted by: Kathy (Hiratzka) Beiting - OH
“Our family is so saddened by Ann's death. We have fond memories of the two Amy's (Amie Crowley) at birthday parties and their times together at...Read More »
15 of 34 | Posted by: Lois and Ed Crowley - Iowa City, IA
“My deepest sympathies to you and the Hall family -
Many memories come to mind as I remember Ann, playing together at one another's home during our...Read More »
16 of 34 | Posted by: Laree Randall - Independence, IA
“Jim, Brett & Amy -
Anne will forever be the wonderful, charming, helpful, beautiful, funny, caring woman we knew when you lived on Calvin Avenue. ...Read More »
17 of 34 | Posted by: Diana & Jim Wagner - Iowa City, IA
“I am so sad to hear of Ann's passing. I knew her through Club West and our daughters' participation on the West High volleyball team. She was always...Read More »
18 of 34 | Posted by: Sara Swails
“John and I want to send our sympathy to your family. Ann and I were cheerleaders together in high school and I'll always remember that vibrant smile...Read More »
19 of 34 | Posted by: Judy and John Gaffney - IA
“Murray & Hall Families,
Ann was such a wonderful person, admired by everyone she touched. God works His will so often in ways that do not seem...Read More »
20 of 34 | Posted by: Jim Lynes - MAUSTON, WI
“Murray and Hall families,
You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. We have fond memories of Ann growing up, her wedding...Read More »
21 of 34 | Posted by: Joe and Carolyn Greinerqm@gmail.com - IA
“Our deepest sympathies.
Ann was the person so many women aspired to be. She will be remembered as the angel she was guided by.
Dave is out of...Read More »
22 of 34 | Posted by: Dave & Donna Henn - Iowa City, IA
“Ann and I volunteered togther during the Booster Club days. She was a wonderful person to work with no matter what the task. She will be greatly...Read More »
23 of 34 | Posted by: Julie Taylor - Iowa City, IA
I was so shocked to see your loss. I owned Custom Audio/Video when you built your new home and remember both you and Ann as two of the...Read More »
24 of 34 | Posted by: Rick Fangman - Independence, MO
“I remember Ann as a fantastic mentor at Horn School. In her role as a mom, she often participated in classroom activities and her smile radiated good...Read More »
25 of 34 | Posted by: Connie Carlson - Clermont, FL
“Jim and family Ann fought a very difficult battle for a long time as you all did. It is a terrible disease that robs us of so many great people...Read More »
26 of 34 | Posted by: marcia henderson - independence, IA
“Dearest Jim and Amy,
I am so sorry for the loss of your Mother and Wife. I truely hope she is in a better place now even though you wanted her...Read More »
27 of 34 | Posted by: Judy Atkins - Iowa city, IA
“My sympathy to Ann's family. I was her high school counselor and I still remember her smile and friendly personality.
28 of 34 | Posted by: Ron Wegner - Independence, IA
“Jim, family and friends:
Ann was such a special person with an infectious smile and gentle spirit. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Tammy...Read More »
29 of 34 | Posted by: Tammy Holderness - Iowa City, IA
“I have never forgotten the Hall family. Each member was so kind! Anne was the nicest, most genuine girl I knew when I was young and living in...Read More »
30 of 34 | Posted by: Kay Ferris - Eldridge, IA
“We will always remember Anne as a wonderful and welcoming neighbor, full of fun and kindness. Her wonderful sense of humor, her willingness to do...Read More »
31 of 34 | Posted by: John and Cynthia Kemp - Iowa City, IA
“To the Hall family.
I am so sorry to hear of Anns death. She was a good friend to my sister Amie and someone I thought highly of.
I know your grief...Read More »
32 of 34 | Posted by: Lynne Miller Colebaugh
“Dr. Murray and family - we were so sorry to hear of your loss. Ann was always so kind and gracious when she came into the office and at our annual...Read More »
33 of 34 | Posted by: Dee Greenwald - Osage Beach, MO
“Alberta,Dave, Jim and family,
Ruth and I send our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Although there were several years between Ann and...Read More »
34 of 34 | Posted by: Tim Greiner - Milford, KS
Ann Joslyn Hall Murray, 61, of Iowa City, died August 4, 2012 at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.
She was born August 12, 1950, in Independence, Iowa, the daughter of Reeves and Alberta (Joslyn) Hall. Ann had two brothers, David and Jim. Ann was the middle child. Ann's brothers delighted in calling her "Mother Ann" because they maintain she was quick to take matters into her own hands when her brothers misbehaved! Ann attended school in Independence and college at Mankato State where she majored in elementary education.
After college Ann moved to Iowa City and taught school at Kirkwood Elementary in Coralville. She met her husband Jim while he was a dental student. They married on June 16, 1973. Jim and Ann moved to Twenty Nine Palms, CA where Jim was in the Navy. Jim and Ann returned to Iowa City where Jim established his Orthodontics practice. Ann taught English as a second language while raising her family. The children born to this union are Brett Reeves and Amy Elizabeth.
Ann was active in P.E.O. Chapter Hi, Project Green, Athens History Circle, Dental Wives, PTO, a member of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Questers, Mercy Hospital festival of trees and West High Booster Club. Ann volunteered with the free lunch program. Her special interests were tennis, gardening, biking, cooking and her children's activities. Ann also started the Elementary basketball league and could always be found volunteering at school or attending Brett or Amy's sporting events. She enjoyed collecting family heirlooms and presented numerous programs of interest to others. A special memory is of the Indian headdress (Meskawki tribe) which is presently on loan to the Native American exhibit at the Marriott Hotel.
Ann celebrated and rejoiced at the marriage of her children, Brett to Alicia (Briskey) and Amy to Christopher Hamdorf. She was a loving grandmother to Brett and Alicia's daughter, Sophie Ann and Amy and Chris's girls, Grace Elizabeth, Madelyn Leigh and Lucy Alberta.
Ann was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2006. She spoke of this diagnosis freely and maintained an active social life until the disease robbed her of her abilities. Ann's many friends remember Ann's contagious smile, inclusive personality and her eagerness to help a friend in need.
Ann's family includes her husband Jim, her mother Alberta Hall Randall; son, Brett (Alicia) Murray; daughter, Amy (Christopher Hamdorf) and her beloved grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers David (Lynn) Hall and Jim (Allison) Hall and numerous nieces and nephews. She also leaves to mourn her many dear friends.
Ann was preceded in death by her father, Reeves Hall.
Memorial Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, August 10, 2012, at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Iowa City. Following the services a reception will be held for everyone present to share with Ann's family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Iowa City Hospice @ 1025 Wade Street, Iowa City, IA 52240. Online condolences may be sent for Ann's family through the web @ www.gayandciha.com. Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service is caring for Ann's family and her services.