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Joan Hale

01/31/1931 - 07/09/2021

Obituary For Joan Hale

Longtime Estacada resident, Joan Hale, died in Sandy, Oregon on Friday, July 9, 2021. She was 90.
A celebration of her life will be held 2:00 PM, Friday, July 30, 2021 at Estacada First Baptist Church. He ashes will be buried with her parents at Hoult Cemetery in Chrisman, Illinois.
Joan Hale was born January 31, 1931 in Chrisman, Illinois to Hobart and Ethel (Mayhackler) Hale. Joan was born with Cerebral Palsy and never walked in her life. She went to a wheel chair at age 14. Joan went thru the 7th grade and when she was 27, she went to Peoria, Illinois for surgeries and was there for 2.5 years. At age 30 she went back to school and became a newspaper reporter for 14 years and then went to a nursing home and helped people from her wheel chair feeding and writing letters for people. In 1985 Joan married and later moved to Estacada, later moving to 300 Main where she lived until her illness got to much for her to handle.
Joan enjoyed reading, painting and all kinds of music. She had a great love for people and helping them in her way. She attended Estacada First Baptist Church and was able to give the first donation toward a van so she could attend church.
Survivors include many cousins and friends in Illinois and Estacada.

Services

30
Jul

Funeral Service

02:00 PM
Estacada First Baptist Church
29101 SE Eagle Creek Road
Estacada,, OR 97023
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Joan Hale was indeed a "gentle spirit." In 1995, she heard about 300 Main while visiting a relative and she and her husband came to meet me and fill out the paperwork. An apartment was ready for them only months later and they left Illinois to live at 300 Main. Joan was a wonderful part of our community. She and I may have met years before when I was a high school volunteer at the Rehabilitation Center in Peoria while she was getting physical therapy. In her free time, she also volunteered. Joan's story about this time was published in an Oregon senior publication. She never walked, but she used weights to develop her upper body and learned to transfer herself from her chair with the help of a stationary pole. Her determination matched her kindness. My memories of Joan are many and precious - like the time we garlanded her electric wheelchair with flowers from 300 Main and she drove in the Fourth of July Parade! Or how the children from Red Barn Preschool crowded around her to make their Christmas craft project. Yes, a life well-lived. I'm so grateful for our many years together. Linda Forsberg, former manager of 300 Main.
- Linda Forsberg
She was "Joy" to all who crossed her path. Her faith in Jesus Christ her Savior was evident and serving Him became her mission in life. Her light never flickered. I am blessed to call her friend and grateful for the quality time we were granted just prior to her graduation to Heaven. She will be missed for sure as her gentle spirit touched many. I'm confident she heard "well done thou good and faithful servant" as she rested safely in the arms of Jesus. Till we meet again my friend; Thank you for the memories. Love you Laura Campbell
- Laura Campbell

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