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Adele Hall, wife of Hallmark CEO dies at age 81

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Adele Hall, wife of Hallmark Cards Chairman Donald J. Hall, has died. She was 81.

Hallmark Cards spokesman Steve Doyal said Monday that Adele Hall collapsed and died unexpectedly Saturday at the family's home in Hawaii.

The Kansas City-based greeting cards company says Hall had been married to her husband for nearly 60 years.

She was active in numerous organizations and held leadership positions on several boards, including the United Negro College Fund, the Points of Light Foundation and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Hall was also the first woman president of the Heart of America United Way and was a board chairman of Children's Mercy Hospital and the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation.

She was Kansas Citian of the Year in 1990, the first woman to hold the title.