Barbara J. Hall, 87, of Montoursville, went to be with the Lord on May 25, 2017, at the Valley View Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
Born August 1, 1929, in Jersey Shore, she was a daughter of the late Ida G. (Laffin) Jewell and Wells H. Jewell, Jersey Shore. On August 7, 1970, she married the late Dale (Curly) K. Hall who preceded her in death on September 28, 2003. Together they celebrated 33 years of marriage. Barbara was also preceded in death by her beloved son Michael Lee Tobias on January 13, 2017.
A 1947 graduate of Jersey Shore High School, Barbara attended the Williamsport Technical Institute, forerunner of Pennsylvania College of Technology. Thereafter she worked in various secretarial positions in many local businesses. In addition, having taken advanced piano lessons from the late Mary Landon Russell, Barbara taught piano to numerous students throughout the years. In 2005 she took organ lessons from Carole Waltz and thereafter worked as a church organist in several churches, her final position being at Central Baptist Church, Williamsport.
Barbara was a member of Faith United Methodist Church, Montoursville, and the Williamsport Music Club. She enjoyed family gatherings, dinners out with friends, attending and performing at the Music Club, and attending her monthly class meetings. She was also a lifelong fan of Penn State football and major league baseball and football. Recently she had been working at perfecting her Spanish language skills.
Barbara is survived by her daughter Sharyn M. Eckman (Jim), Montoursville, her granddaughter Erica M. Eckman (Jared) Hardy, step grandchildren Gabrielle and Dominic Hardy, all of Lock Haven, her sister Mary Jane Keller, Tyrone, and by numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by two stepdaughters, Marcella (David) Moharter, Arlington, TX, and Joanne (Bob) Machold, Tucson, AZ, a step grandchild, Shannon (Jonathan) Hook, Arlington, TX, and by Shannon’s three children. In addition to her husband and son, she was preceded in death by five siblings: Sarah White, Neil Jewell, Vera Cramer, Frances Karnish, and Edith Devine, and by her companion of 10 years, James (Bubby) Bubb.
A joint memorial service to honor the lives of Barbara and her son Michael will be held at Central Baptist Church, 601 Seventh Avenue, Williamsport, at 11:00 a.m. with visitation at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be at Twin Hills Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Barbara’s name may be made to the Lycoming County SPCA, 2805 Reach Road, Williamsport, PA in recognition of her lifelong love of dogs.