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Aleen B. Edwards

Obituary for Aleen B. Edwards

January 26, 2019
North Haven, Connecticut

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. www.washingtonmemorialfh.com

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Barber Memorial Cemetery
Rock Hill, SC

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