The Reverend Karen E. Hall, 76, of Watertown, SD, passed away December 1, 2018 at Prairie Lakes Hospital.
Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, December 13, 2018 at the Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel with The Rt. Rev.John T. Tarrant officiating. AnnRae Herr will be the organist.
Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service on Thursday.
Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Watertown, SD.
Urn bearers will be Michael Skinner, Jonathon Skinner, Nathaniel Lowry and Claire Lowry.
The family requests memorials to be designated to Prairie Lakes Hospice.
Karen Elizabeth Hall, daughter of Carl and Helen (Armstrong) Turnquist was born on June 1, 1942 in Cut Bank, MT. She attended school in Billings, MT and graduated from high school in 1960. Karen graduated with a BA Degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder in 1966. In 1962 Karen married Allan Sheline who later passed away in 1970.
In 1971, she married Stephen Hall in Denver, CO, and they later divorced. Karen went on to further her education and, in 1989, she received her Master of Divinity degree from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN in 1989. In the fall of 1989, after receiving her master's degree, she became the first woman ordained in the Diocese of South Dakota.
After ordination Karen moved to Watertown where she was installed as the priest at Trinity Episcopal Church. She served Trinity Church for 10 years before moving to Montana to be close to her mother. During that time, she served the congregation at Trinity Church in Ennis, MT. In 2014, when she returned to Watertown to semi-retire. During her tenure as a priest, Karen served eight congregations in the Diocese of South Dakota and the Diocese of Montana. She was the Canon to the Ordinary and Deployment Officer for the Diocese of South Dakota. She wrote the Mutual Ministry Handbook with The Right Reverend Creighton Robertson. She was also an advocate for the Native Americans and their mission churches.
Karen loved spending time with her grandchildren. She was a Master Gardener and an accomplished pianist and organist. She enjoyed classical music, reading and cross-stitching.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Kirstin (Jeff) Chapman of Arvada, CO, Jennifer (Michael) Sample of Platte City, MO, K. Andrew Hall of Minneapolis, MN, and Kathy (Jeff) Wyant of Sioux Falls, SD; her mother, Helen Turnquist of Austin, TX; one brother, C. John (Kathy) Turnquist of Houston, TX; her sister, Mary Helen (Tom) Mitchell of Austin, TX; 11 grandchildren; and her friend and companion, Marion Paulis.
She was preceded in death by her father Carl, and her first husband Allan.