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Aracely Aldridge, resident of San Mateo, Nov. 21, 1920-Jan 3, 2013
Aracely graduated this realm at the age of 92, after a long and fulfilling life. Born in Concepcion, Chile, to Ismael and Maria Galdames, a noted sculptor and accomplished dressmaker, she was the oldest of four children. Her dream to immigrate to the United States came in the form of a scholarship to the University of Iowa, where she received her Masters degree in Social Work in 1953. She met and married her husband, William E. Aldridge in Los Angeles, then moved to Berkeley where she had two daughters, Vivian and Eve. She relocated to Los Angeles where she worked in Adoptions, then onto San Mateo in 1965. Divorcing in 1967 after ten years of marriage, she raised her two daughters to be as independent and self-reliant as herself. Throughout she continued to work for San Mateo County as a licensed clinical social worker in Adoptions and Child Protective Services, as well as a marriage counselor until her retirement in 1987. She was an active member of the Foster City Senior Center and the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, and an avid knitter, gardener, and computer class attendee until age and dementia simplified and softened her life. Her passion to help others made the world a better place, and she will be missed by those who knew her true heart. She is survived by her sister, Lucy Martinez , and her daughters, Vivian and Eve Aldridge.