Elaine Ardath Hayes, a 52-year resident of Manhattan Beach, passed away on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 in Torrance after a fall on Christmas morning. Born in Armour, South Dakota, November 15, 1919, Ardath was 84. Ardath, a member of Manhattan Beach Community Church, lived on a farm outside Armour with her parents, two sisters and a brother, later moving into Armour where she attended a one-room schoolhouse through high school. Ardath studied piano and played the clarinet in the school band. After graduating from high school in 1937, Ardath went off to business school in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. After graduating she moved to Chicago where she got a job for Bandy and Yeoman's, a large producer of furniture located in the Merchandise Mart. Shortly thereafter, a friend who had previously come to California persuaded her to come to Long Beach where she met her husband-to-be, Paul, in a dance class. They moved into a tract house in Manhattan Beach in 1951 where they have resided ever since. Ardath worked as a secretary for 15 years at the Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo. She is survived by husband, Paul Hayes of Manhattan Beach, CA; daughter, Joanne Davidson of Redondo Beach, CA; daughter, Pamela Conde of Hawthorne, CA; daughter, Kathleen Hayes of Redondo Beach, CA; sister, Frances Sprague of Minocqua, WI; and four grandchildren, Randall and Lorraine Davidson, Adam and Adrian Conde. She was preceded in death by: father, Edward Palmer; mother, Cynthia May Palmer; sister, Gwendolyn Barnard; and brother, Robert Palmer. Visitation will be Tuesday, January 6, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at White and Day's Manhattan Chapel, 3241 Sepulveda Blvd. in Manhattan Beach. Graveside Services will be held Wednesday, January 7 at 10:00 AM at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, January 8 at 1:30 PM at Manhattan Beach Community Church, 303 S. Peck Ave., in Manhattan Beach. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Memorial Fund at the Manhattan Beach Community Church in Ardath Hayes' name.

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