Obituary of Ardis Comstock
Ardis H. Comstock died on Oct. 10, 2015 in Santa Rosa. She was 91.
Ardis Pauline Hatton was born Sept. 18, 1924, in Klamath Falls, Oregon, the daughter of Woodbury Hatton and Ida Sonntag.
She moved to California at age 5, where her parents operated Hatton Lumber Co. on Colfax Highway near Grass Valley.
Ardis walked to a one-room school, attended Grass Valley High School until 1941, when she and her mother moved to ocean-front property near Pacifica.
Ardis completed high school in Daly City, then moved to Los Angeles in 1942 and built airplanes at Douglas Aircraft. She attended Placer Junior College and worked at Camp Beale hospital in 1945-46.
Ardis married John Carr, and then gave birth to son Carl, born in Nevada City. She later married Milton O’Neel and they moved and started a farm in Oregon, where son George was born.
Daughter Barbara was born in Grass Valley after the family left Oregon in 1949. Ardis began work for the Bureau of Census in 1952, training and supervising workers to conduct agricultural and health surveys throughout California.
She then married Gilbert “Bill” Bell in 1954 and son Mark was born in Grass Valley. She then became a crew leader for 1959 Agricultural Census in Yuba, Nevada, Plumas and Sierra counties.
In 1962, Ardis was president of Community Concerts, director and swimming instructor for Red Cross, vice-president of Nevada Union High School PTA, chaplain of DeMolay Mothers Club, and Pink Lady at Sierra Memorial Hospital.
Ardis possessed a beautiful soprano voice, beginning her studies at North Star House along with the wife of mining engineer Arthur B. Foote. She then continued her musical education in San Francisco and Los Angeles, and sang professionally during much of her adult life.
In early 1970s, she persuaded friends to initiate the First-Saturday book sales that support Nevada County libraries.
Ardis married David Comstock in 1967, and they founded Comstock Bonanza Press in 1979. Ardis co-edited and compiled historical books and served as vice president of Nevada County Historical Society.
Ardis is survived by husband David; children, Carl, George, Barbara and Mark; daughter-in-law Judi O’Neel; step-children, Cindy Hasselman and Greg Comstock; grandchildren, Dean Caruso, Nicholas Bell and Kailen Bell; step-grandchildren Kim Jones, Aaron Evans, Bryan Comstock, Melissa Comstock and Adam Comstock; and 11 step-great-grandchildren living in Arizona, Washington, Texas and Florida.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Friends and admirers are invited to attend a celebration of her life from noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14, at Grass Valley’s Holiday Inn Express.
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