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JoAnne Eleanor (Codd) Hall

March 4, 1933 – Oct. 7, 2020


September 30, 2021

Joan, "JoAnne," Eleanor (Codd) Hall, loving mother, grandmother and friend, passed away on October 7, 2020, at age 87 in Fullerton, California. A graveside memorial will be held at 11 a.m. on October 2, 2021, at Colfax Cemetery.

JoAnne was born March 4, 1933, in Colfax, Washington, to John Bernard Codd and Lila (Irwin) Codd. She was the only daughter of four siblings.

The Codds were a prominent pioneer family, arriving in Colfax in the late 1870s. The family owned and operated Codd's Sawmill, doing big business by 1900. As a young girl, JoAnne fell in love with trains. Her father also worked for the railroad. She attended elementary school at St. John's Academy and then attended Colfax High School. While in school, she met lifelong best friends Shirley (Cook) Scott and Charlotte (Scott) Ehlen (Class of 1951). The friends were inseparable. They enjoyed walking around town, going for ice cream at The Creamery and cruising in cars up and down Main Street on Saturday nights.

They belonged to the Girls' Athletic Association and would sometimes go on after school 5-mile hikes.

JoAnne was very involved with school activities. She played on the varsity basketball and volleyball teams and served on student council. She was active in the Girls' Federation, Future Homemakers of America, and she also worked for the school newspaper, "Cold Facts." The groups put on fundraisers, banquets, Christmas caroling parties and hay rides.

After graduating she worked at Anderson's Bakery and attended Kinman Business University in Spokane. JoAnne met Wayne Hall of Oakesdale on a blind date and in 1957 moved to California to marry the elementary school teacher and jazz musician.

There, they had a daughter, Kari, and a son, Brian.

JoAnne held numerous jobs, a few favorites were working at bakeries, an art studio, and grooming dogs. And, she liked to tell about how she survived an armed robbery while working at a pharmacy.

JoAnne loved listening to the music of Elvis, Rod Stewart and the Four Tenors. She played piano, preferring hymns and country tunes. Her hobbies included drawing, calligraphy, and cake decorating. She collected vintage dolls and other antiques. She loved spending time in the company of friends and family on trips to local casinos, with occasional jaunts to Las Vegas, where she played the slot machines and Keno.

JoAnne was very giving of her time, love, gifts and talents. She worked for many years as a caregiver through In Home Support Services to seniors and those with disabilities. She was extremely supportive of her children. She volunteered for many years with the Braille Institute, helping blind youth to fully enjoy and experience the wide range of life activities. She led them on adventures to Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, Lion Country Safari, water parks, zoos, and museums.

Preceded in death by brothers James, Gene, and John "Junior" Codd. Survived by daughter Kari (Todd), son Brian (Vivianne) and grandson Gregory, all living in Orange County, California.

See Bruning Funeral Home for details for Oct. 2 graveside memorial.


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