Remembering Ardella Horsfall

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Ardella HorsfallIt is with great sadness that we at Hathaway-Sycamores mark the passing of longtime friend Ardella Horsfall. Ardella served on the Hathaway-Sycamores Board of Directors for 11 years, including a two–year stint as board chair from 2001-2003. As board chair, she guided the agency through its 100th anniversary in 2002. Ardella and her husband Bill served as honorary co-chairs for the gala celebration at The Tournament of Roses House that marked the occasion. The event launched the organization into its next century of service. In 2009 Ardella and Bill were the honorees at our first Celebrating Children event. Ardella and Bill were the ideal recipients of the Celebrating Children award, which is presented to individuals who exemplify the ideals and values of integrity, leadership and commitment to improving the lives of children.

In addition to their outstanding work helping children and families at Hathaway-Sycamores, Ardella was involved in numerous organizations and activities throughout the greater Pasadena area. She was a long-time member and President of the Los Altos Women’s Auxiliary where she played a significant role in getting the auxiliary involved in supporting Hathaway-Sycamores.

Ardella Horsfall passed away on Saturday, October 26th surrounded by her loving family. She was born on November 3, 1943 in Alpha Minnesota to Arnold and Gladys Rakness. She had three siblings: Charles, Myrna and Karen. At the age of five she and her family moved to Fairmont, Minnesota where she lived most of her childhood. After graduating from high school in 1961, she moved to Glendale, California to live with her aunt and uncle while she attended Glendale College for two years. Then she continued her education at Long Beach State University where she studied accounting and graduated with honors with a BA in accounting. After graduation, she also earned her CPA certificate. During her career as an accountant she was one of the first women to be hired by one of the “Big Four” accounting firms, Deloitte Touche. While at college, she met her husband, Bill, and they married on September 10, 1965. They lived in La Canada for 22 years and then moved to South Pasadena, their current residence. During their years together they were blessed with two daughters, Kristin and Allison, as well as, seven grandchildren: Matthew, Will, Emilie, Katherine, Bennett, Piper and Quinn. She was very passionate about her volunteer work and helping those in need. The community charities that she was involved with included: Pasadena Junior Philharmonic, Los Altos Auxiliary, La Canada Assistance League, Verdugo Hills Hospital Women’s Council and Hathaway-Sycamores, where she was chairman of the board and received The Hathaway-Sycamores Board of Directors Service Award for her exemplary service. In addition to her involvement in various charitable community activities, she regularly played golf at Annandale Golf Club and was president of the Annandale Women’s Golf Association. Her other personal interests were gardening, cooking, playing bridge, reading, walking and skiing. Although Ardella’s life was full of wonderful and enriching experiences the two things she cherished most were her family and friends. Ardella and Bill enjoyed spending time together traveling, playing golf, spending time in Newport Beach and skiing with family. Ardella and Bill were married for fifty-four years. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her!

Our hearts are heavy with Ardella’s passing, but at the same time filled with tremendous gratitude for having known and worked with her. We send our deepest condolences to all of her family and friends.

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