Marie Yvette Menard a long time resident of Torrance, California passed away on Aug. 20, 2009 in her home due to complications from illness. Marie was born on May 16, 1924 in Verner, Canada. Her mother passed away when she was 18 months old and she was raised by her older siblings. Marie married her husband, Robert Menard, on September 18, 1948 and soon moved to the United States where she resided in the Los Angeles area for almost 60 years. She and her husband became U.S. citizens on November 18, 1960. Marie had a few jobs in retail and manufacturing when she first moved to the United States and became a homemaker once she had her three children. She was a very talented seamstress and upholsterer: sewing her oldest daughter's wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses, reupholstering the furniture for the sisters at the convent, making lampshades and curtains, and sewing countless outfits for her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed crocheting and crafting often selling her items at bazaars which benefited the church and the Catholic Daughters, an organization she belonged to for many years. She loved traveling to places like Cancun, Hawaii, and cruising to Mexico. She was especially fond of Las Vegas because it encompassed all of her favorite things: glitz, card games, and the chance for a big payday! Marie also spent many weekends with friends and family over the years playing games like Gin Rummy, Canasta, Tripoly, Cribbage, Euchre, Yahtzee, and Pinochle. She also enjoyed playing Solitaire and watching game shows. Marie is survived by: her daughter, Elaine Elrod, and her husband Jim; their children Michelle Shortell and her husband Jeremy, Tim Elrod, Daniel Elrod and his fiancé Ashley Johnson of Torrance, CA; her daughter Darlene Hrouda of Springfield, OR; her children Brett Hrouda, his wife Sara, and their son Logan, Robert Hrouda, and Monica Hrouda; her daughter Debbie Menard of San Bernadino, CA; her children Cory Menard, Kyle Daniel, and Chelsea Daniel family friend and "adopted" grandson Wesley Vaughn her dog Buddy and granddogs Roxy, Bo, and Bear She is preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Robert Menard, her mother and father, and most of her 8 siblings. Family and friends are welcome to join any of the following services: A viewing will be held on Thursday, August 27, 2009 from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Rice Mortuary in Torrance, CA. The rosary will be at 6:30 p.m. On Friday, August 28, 2009 Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. at St. James Church in Redondo Beach, CA followed by a burial service at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, CA at 12:00 p.m. Reception will be held at Rice Mortuary from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Please go to the mortuary's website, to send the family messages, share memories, and obtain directions to services. You will also be able to view the online video tribute.

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  1. Grandma, I miss you so much. I am drinking my coffee now wishing you were sitting next to me. I love you and I will keep all my promises to you. I love you, and I will keep you in my heart forever. Ashley

  2. Oh beautiful Oh beautiful what can we do for you. I miss your talks and i miss all our laughs. I hope you got to meet your mom. i miss you and love you a lot

  3. I can clearly remember all the game nights with Marie.. she loved all the games, and sometimes maybe sometimes she would be caught sneaking an extra card.. ohh we would laugh at her and she would blush and still lose the hand, but what a WONDERFUL sport she was. It was good to see her at the last party, thinking of you guys , and HER !

  4. Missing you and just imagining the fun you are having now with dad, your sisters and your friends… give hugs to Dad, Aunt Lucille and Grandma from me and look around for my BFF Lori …I miss you all.

  5. My grandma! I miss you so much. It’s too quiet here and the puppies still look for you everyday. I know you and grandpa are together again, and I know you both are our guardian angels now. Keep us all safe down here and I love and miss you so much, no words can describe exactly how I feel. I love you and I hope you hear my prayers everynight.

  6. Oh grandma I miss you so very much. I had such a horrible few days and I wish you were here for me to talk to. I pray to you everynight. I hope you hear me. Love you forever and miss you more then words can say. I’m going to go to bed so good night sleep tight god bless. I love you

  7. Happy Halloween. I’m sure you’re eating candy in heaven with grandpa. I remember last Halloween you gave buddy reeses. I will do the same this year for you. Love you

  8. We missed you terribly on thanksgiving. We decorated the house for Christmas today. We put a special ornament on the Tree for you and grandpa. Love you. P.S. Hope you liked the wedding. We knew you were there watching.

  9. Missing you and so glad that you are not around to see all that you suspected was true. I am so sorry that I was unable to fullfill your’s and daddy last wishes regarding your estate and even sorrier for not taking your concerns seriously and addressing them for you. I love you both and think of you all the time. I am certain you are much happier resting free from your pain and the limitations you endured here. Please join us for the holiday at our house. I will be looking for you. XOXOXO

  10. Sorry I havent stopped by to leave you a note sooner, but I much prefer visiting you at the cemetary. I think of you daily and feel safe and protected knowing you are with me everyday. We have so many memories with you, I will never forget all our laughs and games, and all the time we spent talking about everything. Especially the important things you shared with me. Love you!

  11. Missing you and think of you often especially around the holidays. Getting ready for Thanksgiving, Rob has moved to Washington for work and Brett will be in Las Vegas but both will be home in December for a visit. Hugs to you and daddy. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving where ever you are. Stop by if you can… miss you.

  12. I think of both you and Daddy often and celebrate that your days together are shared in the comforts that this world kept you from having. So many years later I still feel the loss of you both and every once in a while on a strong day I let myself imagine life with you both still here. God bless you both everyday.

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