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Merry Beth Hyland Hall (Eta Omicron) 1968-2023


Merry Beth (Hyland) Hall of Richmond, Virginia died February 19, 2023, passing unexpectedly but peacefully, having lived a full and vibrant life as a musician, world traveler, and association management professional. She was a generous and fun-loving wife, daughter, sister, aunt and a devoted "Mom" to four rescue pups and two cats.


Born at Fairfax Hospital to Thomas and Donna Hyland, Merry Beth grew up in Vienna, Virginia, and attended Oakton High School, playing numerous sports and musical instruments. She carried her love of music throughout her entire life, including her college years at James Madison University, where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Music Education in 1990. She was a member of the Marching Royal Dukes at JMU where she met her husband Allen and mutual life-long friends.


Merry Beth played French horn with the Richmond Philharmonic for more than twenty years and in numerous ensemble groups including the Beltway Brass, performing Christmas Eve shows at the Kennedy Center. She was also a founding member of the Commonwealth Winds, a wind ensemble known for entertaining and educational performances in the greater Richmond area. She instructed several color guard groups across Central Virginia including Tucker and Glen Allen high schools, whose bands were under the direction of her eternally grateful husband. Merry Beth and Allen also led numerous youth band groups on international performing tours.


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