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Aldridge, Winstona Hackett
99, of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away on the afternoon of February 24, 2017 in her home; her son and daughter-in-law at her side. She was a Phoenix native, born on June 15, 1917 to Winston Hackett and Ayra Hammons Hackett. Her father, Dr. Winston Hackett was the founder and director of Booker T. Washington Memorial Hospital. Winstona was raised in a home next door to the hospital, and her home for the last 60 + years is next door to her former childhood home. Dr. Hackett was the 1st black doctor in the state of Arizona, and her mother was the editor and manager of the Arizona Gleam newspaper, the first black newspaper in Arizona; founded in the early 1930s. Winstona attended Carver High School and Phoenix Union Colored High School and went to college at Fisk University. She then came back to Phoenix, being a 1st grade teacher in the Phoenix Elementary School District until her retirement from Garfield School in 1980. In 1943, she married Aubrey C. Aldridge, and they remained married until his death in 1995. Aubrey C. Aldridge also worked as a school principal at Dunbar and Bethune schools, in the same district, retiring in 1967. Winstona was a founding member of the Phoenix Chapter of The Links Inc., and a Diamond Soror with 75 years of service in the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Winstona is survived by her only child, a son Aubrey C. Aldridge, Jr.; her daughter-in-law Bobbie James Aldridge; and a grandson, Aubrey C. Aldridge III. A Visitation will be held 4:30pm to 8:00pm, Sunday, March 5, 2017 in the Serenity Chapel at Greenwood Memory Lawn Mortuary, 719 N. 27th Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85009. Funeral Services will be held 10:00am, Monday, March 6, 2017 also in the Serenity Chapel at Greenwood Memory Lawn Mortuary. Interment will follow at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery. Please visit to leave her family online condolence messages.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Mar. 1, 2017
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