Ann Hale Obituary (1942 – 2021) – Roanoke, VA

Ann elisabeth hale

September 24, 1942 – December 9, 2021

Ann Elisabeth Hale, 79, of Roanoke, Va., Joined the Blessed and Forgiven in Heaven on Thursday, December 9, 2021. She was predeceased by her parents, Clarke Hudspith Hale and Alleen Walker Hale, and brothers and sisters, Clarke Hale Jr. and Mary Hale Strum.

Her family, who have made a special place for her in their lives, are made up of sisters, Emily Hale McCown and Helen Hale Darr (Charles R. Jr.); sister-in-law, Jane Hale; brother-in-law, Bobby Strum (Rhéa); and her brother, Robert W. Hale (Sally). She supported and appreciated the fulfilled lives of nieces and nephews, Diane Elizabeth “Betsy” Bannan (Gerry), Andrew Clarke Hale (Hannah), Jonathan Walker Hale (Kelly), Brendan Wise Strum (Holly), Matthew Hamilton Strum (Susana) , Emily Grace McCown (Brian Hughes), Katherine Mason McCown (Grayson Sponseller), Meredith Ann Hale-Bernard (Raphael), Meghan Hamilton Hale Rogers, Robert Walker Hale Jr., Shelley Clarke Hale, Natalie Hefner (Robert) and Charles Robert Darr (Ashley); and many great-nieces and nephews.

After graduating from Jefferson High School in Roanoke, Ann attended her mother’s alma mater, Marion College. She continued her studies for many years, obtaining a Bachelor of Music, a Masters in Communication and a Masters in Library and Information Science. She then attended the Moreno Institute in Beacon, NY and completed the American Board of Examiners’ requirements in Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Group Psychotherapy.

Ann enjoyed a large circle of friends, many of whom she met during her 50 years as a psychodrama and sociometrics trainer. She was president of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama and recipient of their highest honor, the JL Moreno Lifetime Achievement Award.

As a guest speaker and keynote speaker, Ann has traveled to Australia and New Zealand, Seoul Korea, Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Mexico and across the United States and Canada to train others to help heal human relationships. His three books are considered standard texts in the field. Ann mourned the passing of her dear colleagues, Dorothy Satten (Tucson), Alton Barbour (Denver), Max Clayton (Australia) and Zerka Moreno (New York).

Ann’s life was enriched by the visual arts and she was a founding member of the Market Gallery in downtown Roanoke. She has prepared over 600 paintings and drawings for the exhibition, and her work is on display in offices and homes across the region, including her family’s homes. Ann’s favorite artistic activity was drawing. She was deeply grateful to all of her artisan friends, especially Roberta McGuire, Tom T. Lawson and Ann Glover.

Friends who will mourn the death of Ann are Donna Little (Ontario), Martica Bacallao (North Carolina), Linnea Sabelli (Phoenix), Dale R. Buchanan (Washington, DC), Arlene Stony (Indiana), Joe and Alice Duehl (Troutville, Va.), Andy Sisson (Blacksburg, Virginia), Eliza Pfafflin (Zurich), Cathy Nugent (Maryland), Margie Abbott (Australia), Sarah Crane and Simon Gurnsey (New Zealand), Diana Jones (New Zealand) ), Kathleen Jamison (Riner, Virginia), Diane Bishop (Roanoke) and Dianne Smith (Roanoke).

No longer able to bring her idiot to church services at Mt. Elbert United Methodist Church in Riner, she held this valiant group as the home of the church and former Pastor Tarpley as a spiritual guide.

Ann was driven by a need for intimate and meaningful human relationships and a desire to reflect the awe-inspiring beauty she observed in the world around her. Her family and friends are grateful for these gifts and her influence in their lives will be missed.

A Celebration of Life will take place in Spring 2022. Updates can be found and condolences can be made at

Posted by Roanoke Times on December 19, 2021.


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