Leona Pickett Hall was born July 2, 1897 in Oakley, Idaho. She was the oldest daughter of Oliver and Ammar Marcus Pickett.. Her father had come to Oakley at age 7 from Tooele, Utah and her mother was age 11 and came from Arkansas. Leona tells of a very happy childhood growing up in Oakley. She attended the Oakley Academy until the 9th grade. When her father was made assessor of Cassia County, they moved to Albion which was the county seat she attended the Albion Normal School for two years. She was very active in the community affairs.
She was married to Horace Osborne Hall in May of 1919 in the Salt Lake Temple. Their first home was on Elba Avenue in Burley. After five years they purchased a home and two acres on Overland Avenue. At that time it was the outskirts of Burley. With a lot of hard work, the home and yard soon became very lovely. Leona was known for her garden of beautiful roses. Horace and Leona were the parents of three children, Rex Pickett, Forrest Osborne, and Barbara. Her children attest to what a caring and good mother she was. Leona was the consummate homemaker. Her home was tastefully but modestly decorated, always neat and tidy. She set a lovely table and the meals were always wholesome and delicious.
Her church was always the focal point in her life. She served in many different positions and is especially remembered as a caring and compassionate Relief Society President. Many will remember her as being the recipients of her chicken soup and cinnamon rolls. Her ability of teaching was admired.
Leona was a very good musician with a natural talent for playing the piano. She accompanied many vocalists. She had a special talent for playing “by ear” and all enjoyed listening to her arrangements. She taught various students the piano, but never charging a fee. During the depression years when homeless people would find their way to her back door, she always had a good meal for them. She had an avid interest in birds and was the bird merit badge counselor for the Boys Scouts of America for many years.
Leona lived to be 86 years old dying February 1,1986