Alida M. Soons
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AGE: 99 • Tinton Falls
Alida M. Soons, 99, passed away peacefully after a short illness at her home at Kensington Court on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Alida was born in her parent's home in Red Bank in 1914. Her parents were Fred and Matilda Oakley. Alida graduated from Red Bank High School in 1932. She then attended and graduated from Centenary Collegiate Institution in 1934. Alida owned and operated The Red Bank Book Store on Linden Place. She and her husband loved books and she spoke often of the great times of being a shopkeeper in Red Bank. Alida was a long time resident of Rumson, moving to Kensington Court in 2006.
Alida was predeceased by her parents; her husband, George S. Soons in 1959; her sister, Hulda Carlsten, and brother, Thomas Oakley. Alida is survived by many friends including her special "family members," David Richards and Barbara Mason. She also is survived by her nieces, Laura, Jenny, and Mady Nash and their husbands and families from Massachusetts. She was well loved by her table mates at Kensington Court, as well as all of the employees of Kensington Court. She had a special place in all of their hearts. The one word that described Alida was KIND; she was kind to all and to everyone she ever had the pleasure to meet. She will be missed and never forgotten.
A funeral service will be celebrated on Saturday, March 8th, 10:30 AM at the Embury United Methodist Church, 49 Church St., Little Silver. Interment will follow at Fair View Cemetery, Middletown. In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial donation in Alida's memory to Grace Healthcare Services, Raritan Plaza III, 105 Fieldcrest Ave., STE 402, Edison, NJ 08837-3628.
Thompson Memorial Home
310 Broad St.
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Published in Asbury Park Press on Mar. 6, 2014