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Arlene Marie Rayls Obituary
1931 – 2013

Arlene Marie Rayls peacefully joined her husband Earl and sweet dog, Bucky, on Thursday, December 5, 2013 with her family by her side. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She is survived by her children: Paul Hirschmann (Debbie) of Portland, OR; Lisa Hirschmann Kimura (Ron) of Santa Clarita, CA; Carol Hirschmann Wood (Don) of Ione, CA; Erica Hirschmann Rintoul (Dave) of Seattle, WA; grandchildren: Sean, Becky, Anna , Eric, and Chrissy; stepchildren: Glenn Rayls (Vickie); Valerie Smith (Jim);and Daniel Daniels.

Born March 4, 1931 in Bronx, NY, to Emma and John Hansmeyer, Arlene shared many happy memories about growing up in the city and the many cultures she learned to appreciate. Her grandparents owned a German bakery and her mother was the first woman in New York City to earn a truck driving license which allowed her to make bakery deliveries. Arlene's father was a textile artist. He passed his talent on to Arlene who earned a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Art from Hunter College and a Masters of Arts degree in Art Education from Hofstra University. She married Albert Hirschmann in June, 1953 and worked in the art department for McCall's magazine in New York City. In her later years Arlene continued to express her gratitude for her in-laws, Anna and Albert Hirschmann, who helped take care of her first born, Paul, so she could be a working mother for a short while. She further shared that they generously helped her and Albert buy their first home. Arlene later worked as a homemaker as her family grew to 4 children while living in Long Island, NY. In August 1969 Arlene and her husband relocated to Newhall, CA where she soon became a successful Tupperware dealer. This job helped her purchase a motorhome, which was used often for family vacations to many state and national parks. After her divorce in 1978, Arlene worked in the financial aid department at California Institute of the Arts.

Arlene enjoyed square dancing with both the Beverly Hillbillies, and later the New Haulers. This led her to meet and later marry, Earl Rayls, in 1984.About her marriage to Earl she often shared, "He tells me every day how lucky he feels to be married to me." She and Earl moved from Canyon Country to Hidden Valley, CA in 1989. They enjoyed the country life, living on a lake in a predominantly retirement community. Arlene and Earl shared many happy years of traveling, RVing, hosting at campgrounds, dancing and being actively involved in the Middletown senior center. They also enjoyed raising their dog Bucky.

Arlene was a highly talented crafter. She was a perfectionist when it came to knitting, sewing and needlework; and she was an active leader in her local crafting club. She appreciated manners and good grammar; often sharing the "right" way to do or say something. When Earl passed away in November 2010, Arlene started her plans to move back to Santa Clarita. In December 2012 she moved to Friendly Valley where she enjoyed settling into her new home, making new friends and being near to her daughter Lisa and her family.

Along with her love for travel, dancing and handcrafts, Arlene loved Broadway shows, eating good food, reading the newspaper, photography, shopping, singing, and all animals. She also loved talking to people, and to the very end made an effort to learn about the people she met. Throughout her battle with pancreatic cancer Arlene maintained a brave and positive attitude often telling her family she was "in God's hands."

Her family will honor her memory as we sing Christmas carols, toast with Margaritas, see a really good movie, and take interest in the people we meet; we welcome you to do the same. In lieu of flowers we ask that you donate in her name to any charity that will help to cure cancer, educate a child, or save an animal. She will be greatly missed.

The Signal, December 15, 2013
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Published on signalscv.com December 15 to December 21, 2013
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