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Elsie Pearl Hayden

November 24, 1935 ~ March 1, 2018 (age 82)

Elsie Pearl Hayden (nee Stephens) of Millsboro, DE and formerly of Riverdale, MD passed away on Thursday, March 1, 2018.  She was 82 years old.


Elsie grew up as one of 10 children in Southern Florida in the late 1930’s.  After high school she joined the USMC where she played on the basketball team.  Her career in the Marine Corps would lead her to Washington D.C. where she met and married her husband Joseph and they embarked on their life together.  Elsie will be remembered for her devotion and love for her family.


She is survived by her loving husband Joseph P. Hayden, Sr. whom she shared 51 years of marriage; two children, Paula Lynch (Brian) of Killington, VT and Joseph P. Hayden, Jr.  (Caryl) of Barrington, NJ as well as four grandchildren, Allyson, Clay, Livvy and Kassie.  She was also known as beloved “Aunt Elsie” to numerous nieces and nephews.



A private celebration of Elsie’s life will be held at a later date.


In lieu of flowers the family suggests donation in Elsie’s Memory to Vitas Hospice, 30265 Commerce Dr., Suite 202, Millsboro, DE  19966.



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Donations may be made to:

VITAS Hospice
30265 Commerce Drive Suite 202, MILLSBORO DE 19966

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