Hayden, Doris Mary February 14, 1915 - April 14, 2011 Doris (Poole) Hayden was born in Hermosa Beach, CA on February 14, 1915 to Charles and Mary Poole. She was the eldest of four children. She attended Pier Avenue Elementary School and was a 1935 graduate of Redondo Union High School. She developed a passionate interest in music at an early age, becoming an accomplished piano and organ player. During the early 1930's Doris, along with her brother and two sisters, played music as a group. Under the direction of their father, the Poole Family would entertain throughout southern CA, often times playing for as little as dinner or gas for the family car. And who could ever forget Aunt "Doo Doo" playing the piano at Poole family functions with all of her nieces and nephews gathered around singing her favorite song. In May 1941 Doris married Walter Hayden. The two of them enjoyed a wonderful life together for sixty-eight years. During those years they traveled throughout the U.S. and cruised with members of the Masonic Lodge. If you wanted to know where Doris and Walt had been, you only had to look around her house - she collected a souvenir from every destination! Doris also enjoyed a career with The Broadway department store in Torrance from 1959 until her retirement in 1981. Playing the piano and organ was a passion Doris enjoyed throughout her life. As a seventy-five-year member of Eastern Star, she played at countless installations and Grand Chapter functions. She not only played for her own chapter but was requested to play at other chapters in the South Bay. She often played four days a week, which included playing for the Hermosa Beach Kiwanis every Wednesday. Over the last few years she would tell her family she was retiring from playing the piano. When asked if she had retired, she would only reply: "They won't let me; they just keep calling." Her devotion to the Eastern Star earned her many awards including the prestigious Dr. Rob Morris award from the Grand Chapter. She was given this award in 1985 and 1999. Doris passed away peacefully at her Hermosa Beach home of over 50 years on April 14, 2011. She was a devoted friend and a loving and caring aunt. She will be deeply missed. Doris is preceded in death by her husband Walter, sisters Margaret Mailer and Gladys Jones, and brother Reginald Poole. She is survived by two nieces, Barbara Sutera and Janet Young (Arch), and two nephews, Tom Schaper (Kathy) and Bob Mailer (Linda). Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 21, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. at White and Day Colonial Mortuary, 901 Torrance Boulevard, Redondo Beach, CA, with interment immediately following at Green Hills Memorial Park, 27501 S. Western Ave, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.

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  1. Doris will be missed by all the members of the Hermosa Beach Kiwanis club. For many years we could always count on Doris to be at our Wednesday club meeting to play the piano. Doris had such a sparkle in her eyes when she played for us. She was a delightful lady and will be missed.

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