Appalachia health clinic founder Eula Hall dead at 93

Eula Hall, who opened a clinic almost 50 years ago in Appalachia and “never stopped” trying to help others, has died

CRAYNOR, Ky. -- Eula Hall, who opened a clinic almost 50 years ago in Appalachia and never stopped trying to help others, has died. She was 93.

Hall, of Craynor in Floyd County, Kentucky, died Saturday at her home, according to Hall Funeral Home in Martin.

Hall's longtime friend, former Kentucky House Speaker and former Attorney General Greg Stumbo, said she was working on plans for a nursing home when he talked to her last spring.

Stumbo said obstacles didn't stop her.

“The world needs more Eula Halls,” he said.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also said Hall was tough.

“Even after a fire burned down the clinic, her team didn’t miss a single day," McConnell said in a statement. “Slowing down was simply never an option. When we spoke on the phone just a couple of weeks ago, Eula’s entire focus remained on those she could help.”

When she was 90, she told reporters she would keep working.

“I want to work until I’m a hundred, I don’t know if I can or not but as long as I can, I want to work, yeah, I really do,” she said.

Hall is survived by three sons and a daughter, as well as grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.