Adele Coryell Hall, a leading philanthropist and champion of civic causes in Kansas City, died Saturday. Hall, 81, was at her home in Hawaii with her husband Donald Joyce Hall, chairman of Hallmark Cards.
Adele Hall was the first woman to be president of the Heart of America United Way and also honored as the Kansas Citian of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce. She served as board chairman of Children’s Mercy Hospital and also was named the Kindest Kansas Citian by the STOP Violence Coalition.
“If there ever was a first lady of Kansas City, it was Adele,” said Henry Bloch, founder of H&R Block.
“She was honored and respected by everybody. It’s a major loss for this community.”