On Sunday evening, December 19, 2010, Mae L. Hall-Brunner went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and we have been promised by God that she will have no more pain or tears. She was born on August 5, 1935, in Lakota, N.D., to Emil and Jeannie Pic. Her family members were all Czechoslovakian,s and she was proud of her heritage. Mae was the oldest of three girls. She later moved to Grafton, N.D., to attend high school. Mae graduated in 1952, a year earlier than her classmates and was proud to represent both the 1952 and 1953,
graduating classes, and attended most reunions.
On June 25, 1954, she married her high school sweetheart, Herbert Lew Gillespie, of Grafton, N.D., and after having five children, her husband died in an aircraft accident while the family was stationed at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss. She took their children back to North Dakota to be with family.
In 1965, she married James Harold Hall, and they moved to Santa Cruz, Calif., where they owned and operated White House Donuts, and a restaurant. Together, they had another child to complete their family of six. In 1974, they moved to Medford, Ore., where they owned and managed the Crater Inn Motel. Their children all graduated from North Medford High School. After living in the valley over 20 years, Mr. Hall, passed away from brain cancer in 1994.
In 2005, she married the love of her life, James R. Brunner, who was a range management
specialist for the government, and is an avid author of cowboy lore. They traveled, cruised,
explored and had many wonderful years of adventure until the summer of 2009 when health problems made caring for their home more difficult. To simplify life, they moved into
Horton Plaza, and have enjoyed wonderful times and some travel with friends and family.
Mae was preceded in death by her parents; both previous husbands; and one great-grandson who died at birth. She is survived by her loving spouse, James R. Brunner, of Medford, Ore.; as well as her two sisters, Joann (Pic) Macomb, of Minneapolis, Minn., and Grace (Pic) Sharp, of Bloomington, Minn; in Grafton, N.D., her loving family includes her sister-in-law, Betty Ann Thompson, her special "mother," Ann Caroline Lunde. Six children, Scott Allen Hall, of
Eugene, Ore., Diana Jo Murray, of Dexter, Ore., Lisa Ann Park, of Medford, Ore., Janet Gail Gillespie Bayyuk, of Everett, Wash., Kaye Marie Hardy, of Medford, Ore., and Brian James Hall, of Queen Creek, Ariz.; as well as 14 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
We love our mother and will miss her greatly as will many other family members and friends, including residents of Horton Plaza, the members of the Providence Volunteer Guild, the local Women's PEO Chapter, Britt Society, Rogue Valley Symphony, the Craterian and the
Jacksonville Kiwanis. Mae will be remembered fondly by the congregants of Ascension
Lutheran Church, and First Presbyterian Church, as well as her graduating classmates of
Grafton High School.
A memorial celebration will be held on Wednesday, December 29, 2010, at Horton Plaza, at 3:00 p.m., and wake to follow. All are invited. Contributions may be made to any church or volunteer group.