2008-01-04 / Obituaries

Margaret Hall Pease, 87

Margaret Hall Pease, 87, passed away at home in Jamestown on Christmas Eve. She was the wife of the late Captain Forrest A. Pease who passed away on Christmas Eve one year ago. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2006.

Born Oct. 20, 1920 in Indianapolis, Ind. to Edith Trout Hall and Thurman Hall, Margaret grew up in West Allis, Wis. where as a teenager she studied piano at the Wisconsin Conservatory in Milwaukee. During her final year in high school she entered a piano competition, and won a scholarship to Lawrence Conservatory (now Lawrence University) in Appleton, Wis. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1942.

After serving as music supervisor in the Lawrenceburg, Ind. public school system, she joined the U.S. Navy W.A.V.E.S. and was stationed in Washington, D.C. Toward the end of WWII, in addition to her official duties as a Specialist S Class, she participated in several musical groups that performed on the Navy Hour radio program. It was also at that time that she met naval aviator, Lt.. Forrest A. Pease. Married in 1946, they moved to Chula Vista, Calif. and she began her new career as the wife of a naval officer and later as a mother.

An avid world traveler, she visited Taiwan, Korea, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, as well as England and many of the countries of Western Europe.

While stationed in Yokosuka, Japan in the 1960s, she became a student of Ikebana, the Japanese art of arranging flowers. She continued as a member of Ikebana International for over 30 years, participating in shows and conferences in New York City. Additionally, she taught English to Japanese women and volunteered at naval hospitals wherever they were stationed.

After first living in Jamestown in the early 1960's, the Peases returned to Jamestown in 1975.

Her eldest daughter, Karen Pease Ballou passed away in 2000 and her only sibling, John Hall of Carmel, Indiana passed away in 2003. Mrs. Pease is survived by three children, Fred Pease, Susan Pease Nicholson and Barbara Pease Renner, grandchildren, Justin Guy Ballou, Sarah Pease and Nathaniel Pease and eight great-grandchildren. A memorial will be held at a yet-to-be determined time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jamestown Community Band Scholarship Fund, c/o Jeff Hunter, 198 East Shore Rd. Jamestown, RI 02835. Arrangements with Waring-Sullivan Homes of Memorial Tribute, Fall River.

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