Pamela Jean Hall, 59, passed away April 29, 2014, at her home after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born May 28, 1954, in Boise to Bonnie and Michael (Chris) McCabe (deceased). Her mom married LeRoy Ryska and he was the father she knew.
She graduated from Meridian High School and participated in track, football and was on the High School Rodeo District 2 team in goat tying. She graduated from Peacock Beauty School and worked at Sherwood Plaza in Boise, then did hair for the mentally challenged at the Idaho State School. She went to night school at Boise State University to become a CNA. She worked at SunBridge Nursing Home and the Elks Hospital and Rehab. After a back injury she became a caregiver to Jack Williamson until March 17, 2011, when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. After undergoing a long siege of treatments, she was told in May of 2013 that the cancer had spread so she went to Huntsman Cancer Institute where she volunteered for experimental treatments. Because of the study one of the drugs is now on the market.
She married her best friend, Jay Hall, Aug. 27, 1976, at the Owyhee County Courthouse. They milked cows and farmed with Jay’s folks on their farm along the Snake River in Opaline. They have two children, Jason and Carissa. She loved to accompany Jay and Jason, her dad, and her nephew, Bill Donaldson, hunting and shot deer, elk and even got a bull moose. She loved watching all sporting events. She made quilts for many members of her family.
She was preceded in death by grandparents; her father, Chris; numerous aunts and uncles.
She is survived by her husband, Jay Hall; son, Jason; daughter, Carissa; parents, LeRoy and Bonnie Ryska; siblings, Jim (Teresa), Brenda (Alan), Tony (Priscilla); brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Howard and Nona Donaldson; aunts; uncles; many nieces and nephews, cousins; adopted grandson, Ryder; and a special dog, “LuLu.”
Graveside services will be held Saturday, May 10, at Pioneer Cemetery near Givens Hot Springs. Flahiff Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
In Pam’s words, “Thanks to the many angels who prayed for me and my family. We didn’t walk alone. The Lord Jesus was with us every day.”
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