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Shirley Elizabeth Melton Aldrich
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Birth: Jun. 11, 1937
Death: Aug. 10, 2005

She went home to the Lord on August 10, 2005, at the Tri-Cities Hospice, following a 7-year battle with ovarian cancer. Shirley grew up in Virginia and graduated from Newport News High School in 1955. She met and married Les Aldrich in 1956. Through the years, they lived in Virginia, Michigan, Maryland, North Carolina, Idaho, and finally settled down in Richland in 1979.
Shirley had two great loves in her life, her family and her Lord, Jesus Christ. She was a homemaker and was involved in her family memberís lives and in a variety of activities. She was a Cub Scout Den Mother, a Brownie Leader, completed Boy Scout Wood Badge training and served as a staff member on a Wood Badge Course. Her early church involvement centered on her childrenís church activities and her outstanding soprano/alto voice. She sang in many church choirs, Sweet Adelines, and Oratorio Chorus, especially during her time at Central United Protestant Church in Richland. She was a long-time member of the Gospel Lights, a bluegrass gospel group in the Tri-Cities. She was involved in Womenís Aglow, and brought smiles during her eight years of Christian Clown Ministry. She was active in the local Walk to Emmaus community, and helped to start new communities in Idaho and Utah. She was also active for several years in the Chrysalis program for teens and young adults. She was a Lay Pastor while at Faith Assembly Christian Center. Her last ten years were spent at Bethel Church where she sang with a variety of groups, including the Joy in the Morning Worship Team. She and her husband were leaders of a Care Group for seven years and served last year as Care Group Coaches. She continued her church activities throughout her chemotherapy treatments, and inspired many people with her spirit and energy. Her smile and the light in her eyes warmed everyone she came in contact with. Her smile and servant heart will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Norman and Margaret Melton; her in-laws Lamar and Thora Aldrich; and her sister-in-law, Mary Lou (Aldrich) Harn.
Shirley is survived by her husband of 48+ years, Lester K. Aldrich II; her children, Robert Charles Aldrich of Tulsa, OK., Ann Lambel (Martin) of Richland, Diane Schweikert (Marty) of Clarkston, and Linda Urias of Phoenix, AZ; thirteen grandchildren, Lester III and Robert II of Tulsa; Kyle and Mary of Richland; Bryn (Tom) Smith of Portland; Kisha of Coulee Dam; Jennifer, and Stephanie of Clarkston; Deidra of Portland and Cynthia, Kelsie, Kailee, and Jaimee of Phoenix, and great-grandchildren Malcolm and Madisyn of Coulee Dam; and Danae of Clarkston.
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  Lester Kyle Aldrich (1936 - 2006)*
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Sunset Memorial Gardens
Benton County
Washington, USA
Created by: Tombstoner & Family
Record added: Aug 11, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11519493
Shirley Elizabeth <i>Melton</i> Aldrich
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Shirley Elizabeth <i>Melton</i> Aldrich
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Shirley Elizabeth <i>Melton</i> Aldrich
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- spiritclowns
 Added: Aug. 16, 2013
Obit Tri-City Herald, Tri-Cities (Kennewick) WA,13 Aug 2005 Page A15
- Betty from OR
 Added: Oct. 1, 2005
May the faith you had always be an inspiration and source of hope to all who knew you.
- BE
 Added: Aug. 11, 2005
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