U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts today released the following statement regarding the life and service of Kansas philanthropist and friend, Adele Hall:
“Franki and I are deeply saddened to learn of Adele Hall’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with Don and all of her children and grandchildren. Simply put, she was a remarkable lady who brought a grace and elegance to everything she touched. The generosity that Adele and Don have bestowed on Kansas and the Kansas City region has impacted countless lives and causes. It will be a lasting legacy for Adele and her family.
“Adele’s passion for politics has made our state and our country a better place to live. She was an adviser to presidents, governors, senators, members of Congress, and many other leaders in her community. Her advice and guidance were invaluable to me, and personally, I will always owe her a debt of gratitude.
“The heavens are a little brighter tonight because they have a shining star in Adele Hall. She will be so missed by so many.”
The Salvation Army also released a statement about Adele Hall.
"This is a sad day for Kansas City and the country," said Major Charles Smith, divisional commander of The Salvation Army in Kansas City. "Adele Hall was a generous benefactor to numerous worthy causes in our community, including The Salvation Army. She had a true servant's heart and a beautiful soul. She touched the lives of so many people and her compassionate and gracious spirit will be deeply missed."
Gov. Sam Brownback and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer released a statement Tuesday.
“On behalf of the citizens of Kansas, Lt. Gov. Colyer and I offer our deepest sympathies and prayers to the Hall family and all of Kansas City,” Gov. Brownback said. “Adele was the heart of Kansas City and worked hard on many different efforts to improve the well-being of those around her.”
“For those from Kansas City and Kansas, this news comes with great sadness,” Lt. Gov. Colyer said. “Adele was passionate, caring, and giving. She will be missed by so many.”
Hall died Saturday at their home in Hawaii. She is survived by her husband, Donald Joyce Hall, chairman of Hallmark Cards and sons, Donald J. Hall Jr. and his wife Jill, and David E. Hall and his wife Laura; a daughter, Margaret Hall Pence; and nine grandchildren,. She was 81 years old.