Aleen B. Edwards

  • Died: January 26, 2019
  • Location: North Haven, Connecticut

Washington Memorial Funeral Home of North Haven

4 Washington Ave
North Haven, CT 06473

Tel. (203) 239-6000

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Loving Mother, Grandmother, Aunt, Cousin and Friend.

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Aleen B. Edwards (Mimi as she was affectionately called by her grandchildren), 74 of North Haven, CT departed this life on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at her home. Aleen was born in Rock Hill, South Carolina on September 26, 1944, a daughter of the late Deacon Bridges and Cathleen Brown Barnette. At an early age Aleen accepted Christ and joined Mount Hebron Baptist Church in Rock Hill where she was the junior pianist and played piano for the children's choir. She was also a member of the choir and junior ministry board. Aleen graduated from Emmett Scott High School in Rock Hill. She continued her education and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC, her Master's degree in Teaching from Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT, and her Bachelor of Theology from Christian Leadership Bible College where she was Salutatorian of her class. Aleen worked in the Roanoke School district in Roanoke, Virginia before moving to New Haven. During her tenure in the New Haven school system she worked at Sacred Heart School as a reading teacher, Project Concern, Edgewood School, and Jackie Robinson Middle School from where she retired after thirty three years of dedicated service to the children of New Haven. Aleen's Christian life was expanded when she joined St. Matthew UFW Baptist Church under the leadership of Bishop Robert Gay. She was a dedicated member of the Gospel, Mass and Intermediate Choirs. Most recently she was honored with a certificate of appreciation for her tireless dedication to the St. Matthew's Music Ministry. Aleen was a long time member of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Club, Inc.where she served as treasurer for many years before coming inactive due to health issues. She was also a member of the Delta Phi Chapter of the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa. No matter how Aleen felt, she would always give you a smile and kind word. She always encouraged others, and lent a helping hand. Although she has joined her Heavenly Father after a long courageous battle with heart disease, she will be missed very much by her family, loved ones and friends. Aleen lived a wonderful and happy life. Aleen is survived by her children Marcellus A. Edwards, III and his wife Patrice of North Haven, Marcus L. Edwards of Brookhaven, GA, the loves of her life,, her grandchildren Marcellus A. Edwards, IV of Hyattsville, MD and Morgan V. Edwards of North Haven, nephews Melvin Troy Harris of Philadelphia, PA, Jason Edwards of Norwich, CT, Jovan Gamble of New Haven, one niece, Tracie (Timothy) Berry of Stone Mountain, GA, one sister-in-law, Sharon Edwards of West Haven, CT, several cousins in Rock Hill, and special friends, Mother Dolores Ricks of Hamden, CT, Portual Barber of New Haven and Michael R. Carter of Charlotte, NC. The life and legacy of Aleen B. Edwards will remain in the hearts of her loving and devoted church family, many colleagues and friends.

"For to me, to live in Christ and to die is gain." Phillippians 1:21

Aleen's family will receive relatives and friends on Saturday, February 2nd from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at St. Matthew U.F.W.B. Church, 400 Dixwell Ave., New Haven, CT. A funeral service will take place at the church at 12:00 p.m., the Rev. Kenneth Hardy officiating. Burial will take place in Rock Hill, SC at a later date. The Washington Memorial Funeral Home, 4 Washington Ave., North Haven has been entrusted with arrangements.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I am sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort strengthen the family during this difficult time.
2 Cor 1:2-4

Posted by A friend   February 05, 2019

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Ms. Aleen. I pray for comfort, peace, and understanding for the Edwards family at this difficult time. I will always remember how Ms. Aleen treated everyone with respect and kindness. My family was truly blessed by her generosity and welcoming spirit when we lived in New Haven. I will forever cherish the times she shared stories and life lessons when I was a brand new teacher in New Haven.

Posted by Renee McKinnon - Indian Trail, NC   February 02, 2019

So sorry to hear of the loss of such a beautiful kind spirit. She had a heart of gold. She was trulely a blessing and what a beautiful smile. Marcellus Patrice and family we extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Take comfort in your memories. Love the Fortes Family Yppp Family and the Barnes Family

Posted by Marie Barnes - New Haven, CT - Family Friend   February 02, 2019

I have fun memories of Aleen that take me back to our high school days. I remember the time I was asked to spell Hawaii and I corrected myself and she laughs out loud and said you spelled it right the first time.
She was always pleasant, polite and gracious.

Posted by Samuel Hutchison - Houston, TX   February 01, 2019

Aleen was such a beautiful person. I'm so grateful to have crossed paths with her. Myself and others are are very saddened by her passing. May she Rest In Peace.

Posted by Tricia Hassenmayer - Orange, CT - Acquaintance   January 31, 2019

we are very sorrow for the lost of your mother, may God comfort you at this time. Oral and Linda Coleman

Posted by A friend   January 31, 2019

My sincere condolences to the family. As you remember your beloved one. May our father the God of all comfort give you comfort and peace in every way. - Psalms 94:18,19


Posted by A friend   January 31, 2019

I'll miss our phone conversations ; thank you for sharing sound advise . Heartfelt sympathy to the family . Martha Williams & family

Posted by Martha Williams - Milford, CT - Family Friend   January 31, 2019

Ms. Aleen was a class act and so reveriant to all she came in contact with. Our sincere condolences to Marcellus, Marcus, and Patrice, Morgan , and Marcellus.

Posted by Dee Marshall - Hamden, CT   January 31, 2019

To Marcus and family your mom will be missed I am blessed to know her a beautiful humble of God always have a smile for all, on fourth Sunday I walk in to go to the choir stand there she is sitting on the pew smiling as I say goodmorning to her and others. May she rip the joy of the lord is your strength

Posted by Colette Quicksey - Newhaven, CT   January 31, 2019

Ms. Aleen was always a sweet person she will be greatly be missed and forever in our hearts. Just know God will get the family through this time of bereavement.

Posted by Georgetta Jackson - New Haven, CT - Acquaintance   January 31, 2019

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

Posted by LAMONT STANKWICH. - CLARK, NJ   January 31, 2019


Ms. Aleen will truly be missed and will forever be in our hearts. Sharon Forbes & Melzetta Reed

Posted by SHARON FORBES - NEW HAVEN, CT - Friend   January 30, 2019

I extend my deepest thoughts and prayers during this period of grief. Your mother, sister, grandmother has gone to the place of rest, may receive her, and my you fine consolation in her being with the Lord. My condolences

Posted by David Foreman - Houston, TX - Brother   January 30, 2019

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