Funeral Services for Bethel Hall, 89, Cleveland, OK resident will be held 2:00 P.M., Saturday, September 12, 2020 in the Burns Flat First Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Fairlawn Cemetery in Elk City, OK under the direction of the Kiesau-Lee Funeral Home.
Bethel Mae Hall, age 89, of Cleveland, OK, passed away on Monday, September 7, 2020. She was born on October 9, 1930, in Newland, Indiana, and was the daughter of Ben and Nancy (Risner) Hale.
Bethel attended Wheatfield Public Schools. She quit school in 1946 to work full time to help provide for her younger siblings. In her early 20’s she and her sister Virbra worked in Michigan City, IN and Chicago, IL. She continued to help financially support her family at home during this time. She later earned her GED in 1987 from Western Technology Center in Burns Flat, OK.
In 1956 while working at Dormeyer Factor in Indiana, she met the love of her life, Loyd “Tiny” Hall. Their first date was the annual company picnic. Soon after, they were married on October 9, 1956. Tiny and Bethel were married for 63 years, up until the passing of Loyd on June 16, 2019.
Their union brought Michael, Tami, Greg, and Shane. She adored her husband and her children. Bethel was instrumental in Tiny’s salvation and was always faithful to be by Tiny’s side as a pastor’s wife. They resided in Indiana until 1983, but upon receiving the Lord’s call to minister at the First Baptist Church of Burns Flat, they moved to Oklahoma. Upon Tiny’s retirement from full time ministry, they began a new phase of ministry at FBC Arapaho, where Bethel continued her ministry as a pastor’s wife. In 2014, they downsized and relocated to the Baptist Village in Cleveland, Oklahoma, where Tiny continued his ministry as Chaplain. They could often be seen walking the halls and praying with the residents there. Bethel continued this ministry service until her death.
Bethel loved serving in the church in various capacities. She had a caring and giving spirit. The less fortunate had a special place in her heart. The “pastor’s” home was always open, whether it be for a meal, cup of coffee, a bed to sleep in, or just to visit.
She was an avid reader and enjoyed cooking, crocheting, giving gifts, playing softball as well as playing board games—especially Scrabble, in which very few could ever beat her score. Bethel was a short order cook for breakfast, preparing each one his/her own desired breakfast.
She was a loving mother and gave selflessly to her children to meet their needs. Her relationship with the Lord was evident as she fervently prayed daily for her husband, children, and family. Bethel’s love for her grandchildren was apparent as she showered them with love, making each one feel special.
Bethel was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cleveland, Oklahoma. She is survived by her daughter Tami Siess and husband Gary Sr., of Tulsa, OK; two sons-Mike and wife Kiley of Andrews, TX and Greg and wife Rita of Cherokee, OK; daughter-in-law Misty Hall of Del City, OK. She is also survived by her grandchildren Dustin Hall and wife Trina of Elk City, OK; Jordyn Hall of Andrews, TX; Gary Siess, Jr. of Norman; Trevar and Aubrey Siess of Tulsa; Zack, Blake, and Jadin Hall of Cherokee, OK; and Maci and Mallory Hall of Del City, OK. In addition are two great grandchildren, Lexie Hall and Brody Siess.
Also survived by Bethel are her siblings Harris and wife Betty Jo of Francesville, IN; Ben and wife Mary Hale of Rensselaer, IN; sister Edna and husband Richard Caviendar of Wheatfield, IN; sister Beverly (Babe) Pullins of Rensselaer, IN; and sister-in-law Linda Hale of Hebron, IN. Also included are many nieces and nephews.
Bethel is preceded in death by her husband Loyd Hall as well as her beloved son Shane. In addition are her parents, Ben and Nancy (Risner) Hale as well as six sisters and a brother.