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Marilyn J. Aldridge


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Marilyn J. Aldridge

Marilyn Aldridge, 71, of Sioux Falls, died Friday, July 1, 2016 at Dougherty Hospice in Sioux Falls.

Marilyn Joan Mendenhall was born November 9, 1944 in Niles, MI. After graduating from Niles High School in 1961, she entered the College for Officers' Training with the Salvation Army where she received her education for the ministry.

On June 24, 1967, she was united in marriage with Robert C. Aldridge at the College for Officers' Training in Chicago, IL. Following their marriage, Robert and Marilyn served many Salvation Army Corps Community Centers throughout the Midwest and Great Plains. They settled in Sioux Falls where they served from 1986 until 1991, thereafter in Lincoln, Omaha, and Kansas City. They retired in 2004, relocating back to Sioux Falls.

Marilyn was an avid writer and was published in the national publication of the Salvation Army, "The War Cry". She wrote a stage play that was performed on the main stage at Six Flags in St. Louis, MO. Marilyn journaled and did presentations at many national conferences. In her ministry, she had a passion for caring for women and children where she enjoyed telling many stories. She took great pride in helping several people heed their call to join the ministry.

Marilyn was a very proud and dedicated mother and grandmother. Her children and granddaughters were always a great source of joy to her.

Grateful for having shared her life are her husband of 49 years, Robert C. Aldridge of Sioux Falls, SD; her children, Heather (& John) Aldridge Bart of Sioux Falls; Steven (& Suzy Beemer) Aldridge of San Francisco, CA and Robert Andrew "Andy" Aldridge of Portland, OR; two grandchildren, Miriam and Katharine Bart of Sioux Falls; and her sister-in-law, Margaret Mendenhall of Edwardsburg, MI. She was preceded in death by her parents, James & Mary Mendenhall; & her brother, James.

Memorial services will begin 11:00 am Wednesday at the Corps Community Center of the Salvation Army, 800 North Cliff Avenue.

The family requests that memorials be given to the or the Sioux Falls Salvation Army.

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Published in The Argus Leader on July 4, 2016
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