Ila Ray Hadley was born in 1942 to Ray and Bette Hadley, and sister to pairs partner Ray Hadley. On their second trip to the Nationals, Ila Ray and Ray won the 1957 U.S. junior pairs title in Berkeley, California. They went to Paris as the 1958 World Team alternates and performed exhibitions. After placing fourth in senior pairs in 1958 and 1959, the won the bronze medal at the 1960 Nationals and earned a berth on the 1960 Olympic Team. In 1961 they placed second in senior pairs and second in silver dance at the Nationals in Colorado Springs. At the North Americans they placed fourth. The Hadleys almost didn’t travel to Philadelphia and Prague due to financial issues, but contributions from the local skating community and a loan from the Seattle Skating Club allowed all four members of the family to fly to the 1961 World Championships in Prague.