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Lois Marie Heath Hall, 83, of Charlotte, formerly of Albemarle, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 30, 2024, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law.

Lois was the middle of five children of the late Marshall and Marie Heath of Ellerbe, born on March 15, 1941.

Growing up on a tobacco farm in a large family instilled a strong work ethic that focused on commitment to family and community. When she wasn’t working in the fields with her siblings and neighbors, she was busy doing simple everyday tasks like ironing and cleaning.

As a teenager, she attended a Billy Graham crusade and was moved to publicly confess her faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Christ remained firmly at the center of her earthly life until she was received into His presence last Sunday.

In 1959, Lois met and married the love of her life: Claude O’Neal Hall Jr. Life brought several job-related moves for the young couple until they finally settled in Albemarle, where they found their home.

Lois worked in various management positions in the textile industry until her retirement. She and Claude were very active in their home church, Poplin Grove Baptist Church, where they made many lifelong friends with whom they laughed and cried through all of life’s joys and sorrows.

At Poplin Grove, Lois volunteered as a children’s Sunday school teacher, general education director, VBS director, and youth director, to name a few. She was a devoted wife and caregiver to Claude during his battle with multiple cancers and later multiple strokes that left him wheelchair-bound until his death in 2012.

After Claude’s death and her retirement from the textile industry, Lois remained extremely active in her community, helping others while enjoying part-time jobs with friends. She loved helping someone every day by visiting, writing cards, or just performing acts of kindness. As a family that benefited from the loving care provided by her local hospice organization, she felt called to serve as a hospice volunteer, fundraiser, and children’s camp counselor.

In 2010, Lois was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome, but thanks to the expertise, medical care and loving care of numerous medical professionals, including Dr. Garry Schwartz and later Dr. Greg Knight and his team at Atrium Health Levine Cancer Institute, she remained very active until a few months ago.

Lois sold her house in Albemarle and moved into her new home in her daughter and son-in-law’s house in 2018. She learned all about South Charlotte and how to navigate it with ease. She met new people in the community and made Charlotte her home.
When she got the opportunity for a fun part-time job at a local restaurant, she quickly became known as the “Chick-fil-A Lady,” greeting guests and making sure their visit was a pleasant experience.
Due to the disruption of her meals at home and the progression of her disease, she had to leave her enjoyable “work” behind and focus on her health. She traveled every two weeks to the Levine Cancer Institute where she received the best treatment available under the care of Dr. Greg Knight and his amazing team.

Her greatest joys were being the mother of Claude and her only child, Donna Marie, and later the mother-in-law of Robert James “Bob” Gaskin.

She was happy to see her family grow with the birth and marriage of her three daughters: Ivey Elizabeth (Dr. Brett Baker) of Charlotte, Caroline Olivia (Mr. Julio Cuellar) of Charlotte, and Emily Grace (Capt. Emory Walls, USAF) of Phoenix, Arizona.

While Lois enjoyed being a mother and later “Mema,” her life became magical when she became the “Ma” to five great-grandchildren. Spending time with Eli, Graham and Aiden Baker, and Valentina “Nina” and Fernanda “Fifi” Cuellar was the highlight of the last eight years of her life.

In addition to her sister Betty Ingram, Lois was preceded in death by one of her dearest friends and mother figures, Ruby Hatley, who cared for her during her final years. She leaves behind many dear friends as well as her sister Johnsie Mills (Bobby) of Ellerbe, her brother Bob Heath (Junita) of Cordova, her brother Jimmy Heath (Sybil) of Ellerbe, and many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.

The family will celebrate her life on Saturday, July 6th at 1 p.m. at Poplin Grove Baptist Church in Albemarle, followed by a wake. The family has requested a private burial for immediate family only at 3 p.m.

The Stanly Funeral Home is serving the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Carolinas Hematology & Blood Disorders Research Fund at Atrium Health Levine Cancer Institute, c/o Atrium Health Foundation, 7800 Providence Road, Suite 208, Charlotte, NC 28226, or through their website: Donate to Cancer Support.