PATRICIA "TRISH" (MANNING) ALDEN - SHELBURNE - Trish completed her life journey on Aug. 6, 2013, to begin eternal life with her heavenly father. She was the daughter of William and Helen (Gallant) Manning, who welcomed her on a snowy day on March 8, 1960. She joined her older brother, Stephen, and was followed by brothers, Thomas and Shawn. Trish married Lorne B. Alden on April 22, 1983. They raised their three daughters, Christin E., Katherine M., and Kelley L. Other survivors include her brothers, Stephen (his wife, Frances and her nephew, Vincent), Thomas (his wife, Norma, and her niece, Amanda, grandniece, Kate, and nephew, Paul), and Shawn. Trish is also survived by Lorne's sons, Garry and Bruce and his wife, Sue; and nieces, Gretchen (husband, Mike, and their children, Tayler, Lexi and Michael), Andrea, Jessica (husband, Robert), and niece, Abigail and her fiance. Lorne and her children were the light of her life, especially their granddaughter, Riley. She brought such love and joy to Nana and Papa. She is our shining star. Her next door neighbor and best friend, Patty Spagnolo, was more than a friend. Patty was the sister she never had growing up and supported her throughout her long fight with breast cancer. Trish joined the work force in 2000 after being a stay-at-home mom. Her first job was at Shelburne Community School cafeteria where she worked with Peg, Donna, Robin, Dolores, and later Becky, Kirsten, Nicha, as well as all the teachers and staff. She made many dear friends after working 13 years with such wonderful people. Her greatest joy was working with the children. She leaves many dear friends, too many to name, at the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory, her second job. When cancer touched her life in 2004, Trish joined a wonderful support group of breast cancer survivors and supporters called Dragonheart Vermont. Trish made many friends from the U.S., Australia and Canada through the sport of dragon boating. SOUL SISTA's, part of Essex Alliance Church, was another support group she was part of. Trisha's walk with Jesus Christ grew stronger when she began attending Essex Alliance Church in March of 2009. A magical week was spent at Camp Ta-Kum-Ta in South Hero, where Trish enjoyed the enthusiasm of all the children who participated in Arts & Crafts. Many friends were made and "the camp ladies", Ruth, Doreen, Laura, Tosh and Rhonda made plans several times a year to keep their new found friendship alive. Hemotology/Oncology became a home away from home spending three years with Dr. Susan Burdette-Radoux, and the rest of her care was under Dr. Kim Dittus and her nurse, Maureen Condon, who were a perfect fit for Trish. All the chemo nurses became friends after knowing them for so many years spent in treatment. You were always treated with a smile and kind words and received the same courtesy when checking out. Cremation services are provided by Stephen Gregory & Son in Shelburne. A celebration of Trish's life will be celebrated in late September at Essex Alliance Church, 37 Old Stage Rd., Essex Junction, VT 05452. A luncheon will follow the services across the street in the Community Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, 77 Sunset Dr., South Hero, VT 05486. Cancer is not always the enemy. It allows you to see life in a different light, to see the good in everything and to thank God for each precious day; to be blessed with new friends and take a piece from each of them into your heart.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Aug. 9, 2013