Alane Hall

Alane Hall passed away on February 10, 2024; and is survived by her husband Larry of 43 years, children Barbara and Ben and their spouses Chris and Aly, grand-critters Sebastian, Reagan, Cyrus, and Riley, sister Carla, sister-in-law Mary, niece Heather and nephews David and Carl, and fake daughter Kellie and her family.

            Alane was born on January 14, 1950, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. She left Massachusetts in 1967 to pursue a bachelor’s degree in American studies at Lake Erie College. After working at the New Yorker’s Boston office, she went on to receive her master’s in historical architecture at Columbia University and later worked for the National Park Service to restore portions of the Boston Navy Yard.

            After graduating from college, Alane went on a hiking trip to New Hampshire where she met the love of her life and future husband, Larry. After a long courtship they married and settled in Marion, Massachusetts, where Alane would raise their two kids in what would forever be her home (despite her love-hate relationship with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts).

            Over the next four decades, Alane built a life for her family in Marion. She walked her kids to Loft and then Sippican school until they could go by themselves. She was active with her church for most of that time. A master knitter, she worked with a talented group of women to craft hats and clothing and repair toys for those in need. She supported her fellow parishioners in their time of need, frequently volunteering her time and cooking for funeral receptions.

            Among family and friends, Alane was known for her incredible cooking. While she was formally trained, she had a natural talent for making food taste good. She was meticulous in her preparation and every year spent days preparing a Christmas Eve smorgasbord for dozens of family and friends. She loved to host but was not an extrovert. She prioritized family and close friends over everything.

            Alane was a mom who remembered every school event, special occasion, and holiday. Her love and support were unconditional, but she told you when you were going off course. She was a voracious reader, consuming a minimum of two newspapers a day, hand-purchased at the Marion General Store and never delivered or read online. She was the best nana who read book after book at bedtime and passed her love of reading to all four grandkids. The grandchildren’s eyes all lit up when Nana was in the room and the feeling was mutual.

            She will be forever missed by her family and friends. We love you Alane, Sammy, Mom, and Nana.

            Those who knew Alane know that she would not want flowers (especially the smelly ones). In lieu of flowers, please give those you love a call or hold them a little tighter. A service will be held by the sea in the summer for family and close friends.

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