Iris Bernice Hall (nee Walker)

December 31, 1926 – December 15, 2021
In loving memory ~
Iris passed away peacefully after she had the opportunity to see many of those she loved in the past year. After a full and adventurous life, she was just simply tired.
She will be greatly missed for her caring and generous heart, her delightful and sharp wit, her passionate desire to learn new things, and her willingness to face hard things with determination and with hope. Iris had a strong faith in Jesus Christ, would faithfully read her Bible daily, and pray constantly for her children, grandchildren, and missionaries around the world, even though she was not quick to speak about things that were personal to her.
Predeceased by her husband, Bruce and Great Grandson, Chance, she is survived by children Wendy (Maurice), Debbie, Brian (Carole), Randy (Jo Ann) and Vicki (Wyatt), 17 grand-children and 30 great grandchildren. Iris and Bruce owned and ran “Hall’s Furniture Store” at Five Corners in White Rock in the late 1950’s and early 60’s when more and more people were settling in this beautiful corner of the province. Earlier, Iris began her career in the Canadian postal service (circa) 1943 and continued to serve faithfully until she retired (circa) 1981. For over 20 years, Iris and husband Bruce ran “Hall’s Bed and Breakfast” on Thrift Avenue where they made friends from all over the world. Her many interests included playing Crib, cats, water skiing, cross country skiing, camping, reading, traveling and hiking – the last major hike being to the bottom of the Grand Canyon at the age of 65.
Iris and Bruce’s love story has deeply affected all who knew them. Faithful until the end, they discussed everything. Made all decisions together. They often would pick up a new hobby for the sake of the other. For example, Iris learned to play a few challenging songs on the piano so that she could accompany Bruce’s euphonium solos. She was not a piano player. They decided together to leave the prairies in 1953 to forge a new life for themselves and their growing family on the Pacific Coast, and ended up in White Rock, B.C.
What did we learn from our mother and friend? That it’s always good to be able to laugh. That strength comes from a life of good choices and that giving others the benefit of the doubt is essential. To be lifelong learners. That we should freely give unconditional love to one another. To PLAN well and always have something to look forward to. To help others when it is in our power to do so. How did you feel when with our mother?
Supported and loved. We wish to thank those at Peace Portal Alliance Church, where Iris and Bruce were faithful members for 40 years. For years, Iris enjoyed the fellowship of the office staff on a Monday morning. She loved you all! We also render heartfelt thanks to all the staff at the Peace Portal Lodge in White Rock, where Iris has been residing for several years. You showed so much love and care for our dear mother (and for us as her family) and we can’t express enough thanks to you! In fact, towards the end, you are the
reason she believed she was still there, she told a member of the family: To love you.
A celebration of life in honour of our mother will be arranged to take place in the spring. We will post details to give our friends and extended family time to join us in celebrating Iris’ amazing and beautiful life.Obituary

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