Jean Hale

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Graveside services for Jean Hale, 91 year old former Buffalo resident who passed away September 30, 2014, in Rapid City, South Dakota, will be held November 1st at 1:30 p.m. in Willow Grove Cemetery in Buffalo with Pastor William Dunlap officiating. Donations may be made in Mrs. Hale’s memory to the Wounded Warrior Project in care of the Harness Funeral Home which is handling local arrangements.
Jean Johnstone Hale was born on October 28, 1922 in Milo, Kansas, to James and Christine (Cramb) Kerr. As a young child she moved with her parents to Edinburg, Scotland where she grew up and received her schooling. She joined the Women’s Royal Naval Service during World War II, and was stationed in South Africa. In 1948, she immigrated to the United States where she married Donald Rae Hale on June 10, 1950, and they celebrated 60 years of marriage. Don’s career allowed the family to live in Texas, California, Missouri, Utah, Louisiana, South Carolina and Colorado. In 1992, Don and Jean moved to Buffalo, Wyoming, where they spent their retirement years. Following Don’s passing in 2010, Jean moved to Rapid City to be near her daughter. Jean enjoyed gardening and was an avid fisherman. She especially loved spending time with her family.
She is survived by three daughters, Christine Terpstra and her husband Keith, Patricia Johnson and her husband Craig, and Sandra Kimbrell; one son, Donald Hale and his wife Lori; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Don; grandson, Kailub Hale; brother Archie (Ella) Kerr, who died in Scotland in June 2014; and son-in-law, John Kimbrell.