Eula Hall, one of the best friends the poor in Eastern Kentucky ever had, dies at 93; one of the region’s saints, Rep. Rogers says

Cover of the 2013 book Mud Creek Medicine. In the cover photo, Eula Hall stands in her clinic's ruins after a fire destroyed it.

Hall is the subject of this 2013 book. In the cover photo, she stands in her clinic’s ruins after a fire destroyed it.

Eula Hall, who founded a clinic to serve the poor in one of the poorest parts of the nation, the heart of Central Appalachia, died Saturday. She was 93.

An anti-poverty worker in the 1960s, Hall founded the Mud Creek Clinic, Kentucky’s first rural clinic for low-income families, with $1,400 in donated money in 1973. It is now named for her.
“Nothing comes easy up on Mud Creek,” Hall’s longtime friend and ally, former Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo, told the Lexington Herald-Leader. “It was always a fight.”
Hall was also president of the Kentucky Black Lung Association and “fought for better water service and free lunches for schoolchildren,” reports the Herald-Leader’s Karla Ward. “Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Hall Funeral Home in Martin. Visitation will begin after 6 p.m. Sunday will continue all day Monday at the funeral home.”
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell called Hall a “one-of-a-kind Kentuckian . . . She was among the toughest women I’ve ever met, overcoming one challenge after another to serve those who had nowhere else to turn. Even after a fire burned down the clinic, her team didn’t miss a single day. 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.”

Hall’s congressman, U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, said in a release, “Eula Hall was one of Eastern Kentucky’s greatest saints. . . . Driven by her own experience with poverty, Eula dedicated her life to ensuring every person had access to medical care, regardless of their ability to pay for services or prescriptions. She pioneered hope on Mud Creek and far beyond the borders of Floyd County. When I called Eula on her 90th birthday, she was doing what she loved most: working at the clinic that she transformed from a home-grown operation into a modern facility with state-of-the-art equipment. She will always be a legend in Kentucky’s Appalachian region and an inspiration to never stop serving those around us.”

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