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Jan. 4, 1927 - Jul. 19, 2014
Aretha Barrett, 87, of Bradenton, FL, formerly of Ellenton, FL, died on Jul. 19, 2014. Visitation will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Fri., Aug. 1, 2014 at Victory Faith Assembly Church of God in Christ, 3634 Leonard Reid Ave. in Sarasota, FL. Services will be held at 11:00 am on Sat., Aug. 2, 2014 at Greater Hurst Chapel AME Church, 2730 N. Links Ave. Interment will follow in Palms Memorial Park in Sarasota, FL. Funeral arrangements by: Chandler's Funeral Home.
Aretha was converted at an early age. After completing college, most of her adult life was spent pursuing her business career and her Christian work. She was also a devoted Funeral Director who worked along side her husband, Matthew, who preceded her in death. Survived by: parents, Ella Mae and John Henry Donaldson, aunt, Lila Donaldson; step-children, Gwendolyn Wells, Kenneth and Eva Barrett, and Cornelia James; step-granddaughter, Kyndra Barrett; step-grandson, Shawn Wells; cousins, Claretha and Clementine Major, Duke Morrow, Jonathan Lee, Vinne Williams, Mary Goffigon, Thomas Lee, Annie Lester, James Ace, Delia Hall, Curtis and Alvin Mathis, Sheryal Rosa, Andrew and Dale Mathis, Angela Stanford, Johnny Mathis, Warren Mathis, Andrea Griffin, Wayne Mathis, and Thomasina Wilson.
Chandler's Funeral Chapel
1425 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way
Sarasota, FL 34234
Published in Herald Tribune from July 31 to Aug. 1, 2014