On February 25, Donna Hall, executive director of the Michigan Promotional Products Association (MiPPA), passed away at her home after a long illness. She was 61.
Hall was a graduate of Redford Union High School in Redford, Michigan, and received an accounting degree from Eastern Michigan University in 1975. She was a member of the Belleville Area Chamber of Commerce and formerly treasurer of Van Buren Township. Hall also belonged to the Moose, the Eagles and the Goodfellows.
She is survived by her daughter Shari Keith, her father, Richard Denton, and four siblings: Mike Denton, Lori Mazzola, James Jameson and Mark Denton. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Esser, and mother, Ruth Denton.
Services were held on March 3 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Belleville, Michigan. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation for research, Angela Hospice or to St. Anthony’s.
In a memorial piece on the MiPPA website, Roger Burnett, RAC vice president and former president of the MiPPA board, recalled an exchange in which Hall encouraged him to “Do something big, don’t be afraid.” He wrote: “The big idea that Donna so believed in is still alive today, and, in her honor, I look forward to the opportunity to take the lessons on character that Donna gave me and use them to make our vision a reality. In doing so, we perpetuate the legacy of those that came before us. It’s good for me, it’s good for the industry. That’s paying it forward—Donna Hall-style.”
Above: Donna Hall (right), with Roger Burnett, RAC vice president and former president of the MiPPA board.