Mrs. Elaine Pinegar Hall died peacefully in her home on April 26, 2023, in Springville, UT, at the age of 96.
Elaine is survived by 4 children: Lynnette (Merrill) Webb of Springville, Gregory Norley Hall of Springville, Kevin Dale (Barbara) Hall of Spanish Fork, and Allen Lanning (Mary Kathryn) Hall of Spanish Fork. She was preceded in death by her eternal companion Norley Hall and their two beloved children, Phyllis Shepherd and Lorin Pinegar Hall. Elaine was close with her now-deceased siblings Kenneth Pinegar, Lucille Andrus, Annie Jones, and Dale Pinegar. Elaine is survived by 20 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren.
Elaine was born on July 20, 1926, in Provo, Utah, to Mary Adeline Jolley and Edward Levi Pinegar. She attended Central Grade School, and then graduated from Spanish Fork High School with excellent grades in 1944, having been involved in the high school band, sewing club, and drill team. Elaine worked as a dental assistant after attending Utah Technical College. She also worked at Westside Market, in retraining programs for steel mill workers, and a law office.
Elaine met Norley Hall while she was in high school. After dating for some time, they were married in the Salt Lake City Temple on March 10, 1944. After the wedding and a quick honeymoon, Norley returned to his military service and was stationed overseas in the Pacific theater, and Elaine completed high school before working at the army depot. Upon Norley’s return from WWII, the couple moved to Tacoma, Washington, where they started their family. The new family returned to the Spanish Fork area, eventually settling in Springville at the home where they lived most of their lives and raised their family. Norley often showed his love for Elaine by writing her poems or mocking up certificates for being the “best wife” or “best mother,” which she treasured and kept in memory books.
Upon retirement, Elaine and Norley began splitting their time between Springville and St. George, Utah, where they built a second home. They loved their time in the warmer weather, welcoming family to visit, working at the LDS genealogy center, and boating at Sand Hollow reservoir.
Between raising six children, spending time in charitable efforts, and fulfilling many church callings, Elaine didn’t always have much free time. What time Elaine did have to indulge in hobbies and interests, she spent well. Elaine was passionate about gardening, preserving and canning, sewing, researching genealogy and family history, participating in the Faits Bien club, and was a fun, but shrewd, card player. She loved Pinochle and Hearts, and whether you were playing at one of the “friends’ card nights,” she organized with Norley or at a small, dimly lit table in a camper at Lake Powell, you could pretty much bet she was going to win or tell you that she should have.
Elaine was a witty, vivacious woman with a great sense of humor and a knack for interjecting the perfect dose of sarcasm. She was sharp and smart, incredibly observant, and impeccable in her timing of eloquent and clever comments.
Elaine was an active and devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held church callings in Young Womens, Scouts, and Relief Society, to name a few. Elaine and Norley served two family history missions in St. George, Utah: one year as a consultant, and three years as the presidents of the Family History Center. After they returned to Springville, they worked for seven years as ordinance workers at the Provo Temple. Elaine’s belief in God and family were paramount. Her testimony of the LDS gospel was a stronghold that fortified her relationships with others and kept her devotion to family and community strong.
In high school, Elaine joined the Amity Club, which she later affectionately called “her club,” in 1944. The only qualifier for membership was marriage to someone serving in WWII. A tight bond was formed, and what started as a short-term effort of 40 or so women to find support and camaraderie, grew into lifelong friendships. Elaine was still meeting with living members of the club up until 2020.
Elaine loved music. Church hymns were a staple in her sheet music collection. Elaine could often be found listening to and humming along with the Mills Brothers, the Andrews Sisters, Rosemary Clooney, Glen Miller, Dean Martin, Andy Williams, Bing Crosby, Henry Mancini, and many more. Elaine had a beautiful Alto voice, and sang in the Springville Musettes, the Spanish Fork Choralettes, and with her mother and sisters at rest homes and women’s clubs. Elaine played piano, French horn, and trombone.
As the beloved matriarch of her family, Elaine took care planning group vacations and parties. Her love of “getting the family together,” stemmed from her springs and summers at the family cabin in Hobble Creek Canyon, where picnics, volleyball games, card games, relaxing in lawn chairs, and of course, jokes ensued. She was known among her family for the annual Christmas Eve party. Elaine would plan games for all ages, carefully wrap gifts for the many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and select a variety of music…there was always music. Summers at the lake were part of the fabric of her family. Elaine and Norley loved to hook up the RV, tow the boat, make sandwiches, and get everyone out on a pair of water skis. Vacations at Lake Powell brought her family together and allowed Elaine to bond with her grandchildren. Quick weekend trips to Utah Lake, Deer Creek Reservoir, and Yuba Reservoir allowed Elaine to show off her water skiing skills; she was skiing up until age 83.
Elaine is remembered by many as a devoted wife and mother. When Norley got a new idea, committed to a civic engagement, or was ready to embark upon a new endeavor, Elaine was by his side, supporting him emotionally and ready to get her hands dirty. It was remarkable how she kept records of her family and attended important moments in her grandchildren’s lives. Elaine was appreciated for making it to blessings, baptisms, sporting games, school functions, church events, and anything else her children and grandchildren invited her to. Elaine took great pride in her appearance and was known for her impeccable style. There is no doubt that Elaine will be missed and fondly remembered by her family, friends, and community.
Elaine’s family would like to give a special thank you to Nola Falepapalangi, Pat Brinkerhoff, and Margaret Talker for the special care and kindness they have shown to Elaine.
A visitation with family and friends will be held from 6 PM to 8 PM on Monday, May 1, 2023, at the Wheeler Mortuary in Springville, Utah, and on Tuesday, May 2, 2023, from 10 AM to 11 AM at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meetinghouse at 878 West Center Street, Springville, Utah. Funeral services will follow the visitation at 11 AM. Interment will be at the Evergreen Cemetery in Springville, Utah.
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