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  Lenox Time Table
Lenox, Iowa
Thursday, November 25, 1937

WILLA MARIA "BILLY" (REED) HALE

Mrs. Lyle Hale, 27, passed away at the University hospital in Iowa City at 2:30 Monday morning, following a recent operation. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 1:30 at the Methodist church in Lenox and burial will be made at Clearfield. Mrs. Hale contracted tuberculosis and spent a year at the sanitarium at Oakdale in an effort to regain her health. She returned home a few months ago and spent the summer here, expecting to return to Iowa City this fall and go through a series of operations which would permit her affected lung to heal. Complications set in following the operation and her strength was not sufficient to permit her to survive the ordeal. Mr. and Mrs. Hale were married May 27, 1933. Besides her husband she is survived by her mother, Mrs. Bertha Reed of Des Moines, and by two brothers and three sisters. Lenox Time Table
Lenox, Iowa
Thursday, December 2, 1937

OBITUARY ~ WILLA MARIA "BILLY" (REED) HALE

Willa Marie Reed was born in St. Joseph, Mo., July 7, 1910, and died at Iowa City, Nov. 22, 1937. Her mother was Mrs. Bertha Reed, now of Des Moines,and her father was Dr. D. W. Reed, who died April 16, 1929. She was the youngest member of a family of six children.

The family moved to Clearfield in 1913, where she attended grade school and two years of high school. In 1928 the family moved to Des Moines and she graduated from North High in 1930.

On May 27, 1933, she was married to Lyle Hale of Lenox. On July 8, 1935, due to a tubercular infection, she entered Oakdale sanitarium, where she remained until June 7, 1936. She then returned home, knowing that she would have to return to the sanitarium and this she did on Oct. 14. She was taken to the Iowa City hospital where she submitted to the operation which proved to be more than her fighting courage and waning strength could endure.

Willa Marie was "Billie" [Billy on tombstone] to all who knew and loved her. Despite the dreaded disease which she knew would take her from her family, she did not complain and was always ready to offer words of encouragement and do her utmost to help make other lives brighter. Her sunny disposition and loving ways will be pleasant memories in the hearts of all who knew her.

She is survived by her husband, Lyle Hale, of Lenox, her mother, Mrs. Bertha Reed of Des Moines, two brothers, Harvey of California and D. W. of Des Moines and three sisters, Mrs. Ava Kline of Creston, Mrs. Veva Wilcox of Des Moines and Mrs. Agnes Clark of Des Moines.

Funeral services were held Thursday, November 25, at the Methodist church, in charge of the Rev. R. M. Fagan, and burial was made in the cemetery at Clearfield.

Transcription by Lorelei Rusco, January of 2012

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