Joni Kay Aldrich was born in Bakersfield, California to Vivian and Myron Aldrich on January 28, 1959 and passed away peacefully on April 30, 2016 at the young age of 57.
Joni was an amazing and brave young woman. She was born with spina bifida and upon losing her mother when she was only eight years old and then her brother, Jack Thurman, she was placed into the foster care system. In spite of the tragedies and heartaches, health struggles and many challenges Joni was dealt in her life she persevered beyond all expectations. She attended local schools, graduated with academic honors from South High School in 1977, and went on to study for a year at Abilene Christian University. Upon her return to Bakersfield, she began working for Calcot where she worked in various positions for over 30 years until her retirement.
Joni's greatest enjoyments were family and friend gatherings, her church and bible studies, her adored dog Bailey and cooking special dishes for any and all occasions. Joni shared a very special bond and friendship with her niece, Cheryl, who was her constant companion and caregiver during her three-year courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
Joni leaves behind her brother Jerry Thurman, niece Cheryl Sanders, nephew Steve Thurman and their families, foster parents Lynda and James Williams and their extended family, as well as many caring friends. Joni was an inspiration to all who knew her. She will be forever remembered and missed by all.
The family would like to thank friends for their support, Hoffmann Hospice and the Arcadia Home for their compassionate care.
A private internment will take place at Hillcrest Memorial Park. A celebration of Joni's life will be held Saturday, May 7, 11:00 a.m. at Westside Church of Christ, 7300 Stockdale Hwy. For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, you may send donations to Hoffmann Hospice or any charity of your choosing.
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