Founder of Red Mountain Trading Post
Longtime Ouray resident Liane Hall died a month short of her 89th birthday, on January 9, 2018, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In her final days and months she was surrounded by family and friends who loved her. She was a loving, nurturing mother, and a hardworking partner to her husband. We miss her deeply, and hold her memory dear.
Liane was born Juliane Emma Hanft in Würzburg, Germany on February 10, 1929, the daughter of Friedrich Adam “Fritz” Hanft, an upholsterer, and Elisabeth Antonia Wilhelmina (Callmeyer) Hanft. Her experiences in World War II included the Royal Air Force’s firebombing of Würzburg in 1945, which left vivid memories. As the war was coming to an end, Liane met Hal Hall, an American soldier. On May 23, 1947 they were married in Washington, D.C. She became an American citizen, changing her name to Liane Emma Hall.
Liane and Hal settled in Ouray in 1951. There they established the Red Mountain Lodge and Red Mountain Trading Post. Together they built and operated these businesses for many years.
Liane was known in Ouray for her accordion playing. She performed at town functions, on 4th of July parade floats, and especially night after night during the sum- mertime, for the Lodge guests. Liane continued to oper- ate Red Mountain Trading Post until retiring in 2015, after having run it for 64 years. She enjoyed the friend- ship of multiple generations of customers, many of whom were locals from the Uncompahgre, North Fork and Grand Valleys.
Liane was preceded in death by her husband Harold (Hal) Curtis Hall, her parents, and her older brother Werner Hanft-Lehr. She is survived by nieces Liane Peters and Rabea Tjaden, and nephew Harry Hanft, as well as the families of her three sons: Eric (and Susan) Hall of Boulder, Colorado; Alan (and Cynthia) Hall of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Ron (and Janie) Hall of Saint Paul, Minnesota. Grandchildren are Genevieve and Victor Hall of Albuquerque, Brian Hall of Boulder, Branwen Hall (and Jim Spoonamore) and their daugh- ters Isabell and Eliana, (Liane’s great-grandchildren), of Somerville, Massachusetts. A friend, helper and caregiver from Liane’s later years, Jim Walters, also survives.
A more extensive online obituary and remembrance is planned in the near future at the Ouray, Colorado group on facebook.