Lori Lynn Hall went to be with The Lord on August 27, 2009; she left us suddenly when we least expected it. 

Always a Texan and a southern girl at heart, Lori was born in Houston on December 4, 1956 to Jack and Jo Ann Meadows Holton, their only surviving child.  Lori graduated from Michigan State University in 1983 with a B.A. degree in Education / Psychology, and from Wayne State University of Detroit in 1995 with a Master of Social Work degree (MSW).  As a professional dedicated to her field, Lori spared no expense to study under the finest while meeting and exceeding the requirements for licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT) and Social Work, and distinguishing herself as a Certified Addictions Counselor Level II, Psychodramatist, IITAP CSAT Therapist / Supervisor and Real Life Institute Master Level 4 in the States of Georgia and Michigan.  Additionally, Lori was honored by the State of Michigan for her contributions to the Michigan Department of Community Health.  Following her childhood years in Dallas, TX, Lori’s family moved to Michigan where she completed her education and made many life-long friends.  Returning to the United States after several years in Tokyo, Japan (she loved to eat Sushi), Lori joined the Recovery Community, establishing a personal faith in Jesus Christ, an experience that deeply affected her the rest of her life.  Around this time, Lori met her life partner, Gregory Stephen Hall.  Married in 1989, together they established a home in a historic Detroit neighborhood and pursued a life of serving others. 

Her daughter and only child, Hope Hall, precedes her in death.  Lori leaves behind her father John “Jack” Jennings Holton and mother Jo Ann Meadows Holton of Beverly Hills, MI, her husband Gregory Stephen Hall of Atlanta, GA, and the family of her cousin Peter Holton of West Palm Beach, FL including his wife Lucy Holton, daughter Sarah Holton and son Jim Holton. 

Lori’s work in mental health counseling and treatment led to the establishment of a successful private practice, ReLife, in 2001, which was relocated from Detroit to Atlanta in 2007.  The opportunity to move to Georgia brought many challenges to overcome, and the promise of a return to a simpler life living in the townhouse she built with her husband near the Chattahoochee River, the quiet joys of horse-back riding, journeys to the mountains, and a place to call home for the remainder of her days.  Lori was broadly recognized for serving her therapeutic patients with professionalism, expertise, sensitivity and commitment, never wavering from the constant demands this type of work requires.  To contribute to individual healing, or the mending of a broken coupleship, brought her much joy and a sense of purpose, a witness to many beautiful outcomes that will outlast her own life.  Lori leaves us for something better, loved and respected by her peers, her patients, her family and her friends. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in Lori Hall’s memory may be made to Alcoholics For Christ Ministries, National Headquarters, 1316 N. Campbell Road, Royal Oak, MI 48067.   Details for a Memorial Service for the Detroit Community will be forthcoming. 

“The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to provide for those who mourn in Zion—to give them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit.  They will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, to display his glory.” (Isaiah 61:1-3 RS)

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