May 28, 1927 - September 30, 2019
Patrycia Aldridge passed from this Earth peacefully in her sleep to the arms of the Angels on September 30, 2019. She was 92 years old. Patrycia was born to Edith B. and James J. Higgins on May 28, 1927, in Hartford, Connecticut. She graduated from Weaver High School and attended a local college and took several writing classes. She dreamed of being an author someday. However, marriage and family would soon change her life.
She raised her two sons in Hartford, Connecticut, while also caring for her dear Mother, Edith, as her Father had passed away when Patrycia was a young child. They later moved to West Hartford, Connecticut, where she lived for over 30 years. After working at Allstate Insurance, she took a job as the first woman sales rep at Chic Miller Chevrolet in Bristol, CT. Since she loved to wear pink outfits at the dealership, she was nicknamed “The Pink Lady”.
Patrycia went on to work at an innovative advertising agency that specialized in car dealerships. They were one of the first agencies to offer regional advertising in national magazines such as Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, and Time. Patrycia would interview personnel at the dealerships and then help to create a customized program for them. She travelled all over the United States and Canada. She loved meeting and talking with new people.
When her son, Jon, opened a deli in Avon, Connecticut, Patrycia decided to help him launch his business to a new level. She was responsible for creating and baking desserts for the deli. Most days her baked goods would sell out the same day.
She decided to retire in 1993 and moved to Plano, Texas, to live with her other son, Steve, and her grandson, Steven. She would take care of Steven while her son and his wife, Debbie, would be working and travelling for business. She loved taking care of Steven so much that when he got older, she decided to start her own babysitting service. She worked for many families in Plano and Frisco. All the children she babysat for felt she was more like their own grandmother than a babysitter. The children and parents loved her home cooked meals.
In her 80’s she developed early onset Alzheimer’s and needed special care. She spent her finals years at Prairie Estates skilled nursing facility in Frisco. All the people that cared for her said that they enjoyed her company very much. Many of the nurses called Patrycia their favorite. She was truly content and looked forward to the day that she could be in heaven with her Mother.
Patrycia is survived by her sons, Jonathan Aldridge of Dallas, Texas, Steven Aldridge and his wife Deborah Aldridge of Plano, Texas, her grandson, Steven Aldridge II of Lewisville, Texas, as well as many nieces and nephews. Patrycia will be cremated and her ashes will later be scattered over her Mother’s grave at Rose Hill Memorial in Connecticut.
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Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
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