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BRIGHT, ALDENA R. Aldena R. Bright, 92 of New Haven, born May 22, 1922 in New Haven to the late Alexander and Viola (Thompson) Rawlins entered eternal rest on August 2, 2014. Aldena began playing the organ at Bethel AME Church at the age of 8. After many attempts at retiring, it wasn’t until 2003 that she finally retired after devoting 72 years of being the church organist. She recalls that she and another woman broke the color barrier in the 1940’s during World War II, when they worked behind the counter at Kresge’s downtown store. She leaves to cherish her memory, her devoted son, William Bright, Jr; cousin, Margery Mills and a host of relatives and friends. A celebration of her life will take place Monday, August 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Bethel AME Church, 255 Goffe St., New Haven with visitation Monday at the church from 10-11:00 AM. Interment will take place in Evergreen Cemetery, New Haven. Services by Howard K. Hill Funeral Services, 1287 Chapel St, New Haven, CT. To leave a message of comfort to the Bright family, please visit

Published in The New Haven Register on Aug. 10, 2014
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