Local Republican women honor federation’s oldest member

Dr. Marian Hall

Dr. Marian Hall

Arlington resident Dr. Marian Hall, 103, was doubly honored by a Who’s Who list of local Republican leaders who gathered at the Lexington Hotel Aug. 11 to wish her a happy birthday and to acknowledge her as the oldest living member of the National Republican Women’s Federation.

Hall received a certificate from the National Federation of Republican Women, which was established in 1938 and has over 2,000 chapters in the United States and Puerto Rico. The Republican Women’s Club of Duval Federated, which was founded in 1944, and is the third largest club in the Florida Federation, also recognized Hall as did Mayor Lenny Curry with a proclamation designating August 22 as Dr. Marion Hall Day. 

Hall joined the Republican Women’s Club of Duval Federated two years ago and said she was voting for Donald Trump “because he claims to be a Republican.”

The daughter of a judge and granddaughter of a Civil War veteran, Hall was born in Riverside, California. She raised six children, has 12 grandchildren, as well as great-great-great-grandchildren. Hall came to Jacksonville in 1993 with her oldest daughter, Judith Jewell, and her son-in-law, Rev. Harold Jewell, associate pastor at Highland Freedom Baptist Church.

Frail, Hall relies on a cane and the arm of close friends, like Georgianne Pionessa and former Councilman Don Redman. She remains sharp, however, and still plays the piano at her church, Coral Ridge Baptist.

She has authored two children’s books and a book of poetry. She also enjoys painting. “I always wanted to be an artist,” said Hall, who holds an honorary doctorate of divinity.

By Kate A. Hallock
Resident Community News

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