Dinah May Hall Medina


Dinah May Hall Medina

On Saturday, August 15, 2020, Dinah Medina, loving wife and mother of four children, passed away at the age of 81 after a long illness. Dinah was born on December 12, 1938 in Alhambra, CA to Lincoln and Peg Hall. She attended Lindenwood College in Saint Charles, MO, and became a case worker for the Johnson County District Court.

She married Gonzalo Medina in 1969 and they celebrated 50 years of marriage in 2019. Together they raised a daughter, Allison, and three sons, Emory, Mike and Gonzalo Jr. Dinah raised her children to be responsible, compassionate and hard working. She was a loving mother and loyal wife who valued God, family and friends above all else. Dinah was a talented painter. She was also fond of gardening, knitting, reading, music and travel. Her paintings included landscapes, loved ones, and places she visited in her travels with Gonzalo. Her paintings were displayed at local shows and shared with her friends and family. She was a member of the Olathe Visual Artists group. Dinah was known for her quick wit, her creativity and her laughter. She was a big supporter of all of her children’s sports, academics, and professional endeavors. She was a lifelong fan of the Kansas City Royals and Chiefs. Dinah was preceded in death by her father, Linc, her mother, Peg, and her brother, John.

She is survived by her four children, Allison Walford, Emory Walford, Mike Medina, Gonzalo Medina Jr.; grandchildren, Spencer and Lauren Walford; Greyson, Jackson, Maya, Truman, and Eli Medina; great grandchildren, Liam and Rainer Walford; a nephew and great nephew, John and Evan Hall. Her husband, Gonzalo, passed away just three days after her death.


A private family service will be held August 21, 2020. A memorial service for family and friends will be held Spring 2021, to be announced.

Memorial Contributions

Donations in remembrance of Dinah can be made to KC Hospice.


  1. Elizabeth Appelbaum (Betsy) on November 8, 2020 at 3:16 pm

    Dinah and Gonzalo were my neighbors at Brookdale Overland Park. I enjoyed many meals with them. They were always engaging and intelligent. Gonzalo knew my son James Appelbaum because Gonzalo worked at Bethany and James was a doctor there. I sometimes asked Gonzalo for pharmaceutical advice. They both had heavy loads near the end, but I never heard them complain. Thanks to the family for giving us obituaries. Please consider a memorial program here when the pandemic clears.

  2. Bobbie Smith on August 28, 2020 at 11:42 pm

    We will miss them – met Dinah at work in the Court Trustees Office and Gonzalo through Dinah. Were in a Trivial Pursuit group with them for many years and spent NYE with them for over 20 years.

  3. Jackson Medina on August 26, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    Dinah (Nana) was a great role model for me and made me the man who I am today. I will be dedicating my college wrestling season to both my grandparents this coming fall and will continue to pursue the life lessons that they have taught me.

  4. Bobbie Smith on August 23, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    Loved Dinah and will miss her. Saw her and Gonzalo before Covid hit.

    Best wishes to the families.

  5. Ron Johnson on August 22, 2020 at 9:21 am

    I love you my dear cousin. You will forever be in my fondest memories-Ron Johnson

  6. Barb Schaffert on August 21, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    Dinah was such a beautiful and courageous soul, she will be greatly missed!

  7. Brenda Bennett on August 21, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    I met Dinah a few years ago when I was looking for a church home. Dinah was warm and welcoming. I’m sorry I didn’t have more time to get to know her better.

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