Margaret Vogel Hall, widely considered one of the driving forces behind the Carpet Manufacturers Association of the West, died Feb. 4 due to complications from rheumatoid arthritis. She was 80.

Born May 7, 1928 in Baltimore, Hall moved to California in 1959 and lived in communities including Covina, Palm Springs and San Clemente. Along with her husband Murray, she was instrumental in promoting the carpet segment as part of the Carpet Manufacturers Association of the West. CMAW formed in 1973 as a group of Western carpet manufacturers at a time when Southern California grew to become the second largest carpet manufacturing region in the U.S. The group merged with the Carpet & Rug Institute in 1994.

Hall is remembered by her family as "a devoted wife and mother with great love, humor and wisdom. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her."

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Murray; her six children Katherine, Stephen, Susan, John, Monica and Daniel; and 12 grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother William Vogel and extended family.

Services will be held 10 a.m. Feb. 18 at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in San Clemente, Calif. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Society of St. Vincent De Paul's Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, 8014 Marine Way, Irvine, CA 92618. For more information, visit