Aldridge, Melinda Sue (Smith)

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December 31, 1960 - June 7, 2018

Aldridge, Melinda Sue (Smith)

Melinda Sue (Smith) Aldridge, aged 57, passed away at her home on June 7, 2018. Melinda was born on December 31, 1960 in Indianola, MS and was very proud of her southern roots. She was the daughter of Dorothy Hunt and Bobby Smith. She was the proud mother of Laurie Jarolimek, Melissa Harbin, Melody Matej, and Jessica Ortega. She met Wayne Aldridge and a couple years later they were married on September 5, 2009. She was never happier with anyone else than with Wayne. They recently took a trip to Oregon a week before she passed where they went sightseeing and had an amazing time. She was glowing when she returned saying they had the best time.


Family and friends were Melinda’s passion and delight. She was always planning get togethers, outings with the grandkids, and holiday parties. She brought the whole family together in a way no one else could. She would always say the more the merrier. She could light up a room with her smile and kindness.  Melinda was survived by her sister, Leann Marquis and brother, Larry Smith. She also leaves behind numerous loving family and friends. 


She was also passionate about her job at G6 hospitality. She was an upstanding employee for 23 years and felt this company was her second family. She gained so many friends working for this company and would often entertain them at her home when she could. She was also very proud of her coordinated charity work through G6 for the YMCA armed services. 


Melinda’s hobbies included shopping, swimming in her pool, cooking, traveling, and anything pertaining to her 15 grandchildren. She chose to be called “MiMi” because she was way too cool to be called Grandma. She loved shopping for the grandkids whenever she could and loved style and fashion. 


When her kids were younger, she was an avid softball mom, traveling the country with the select teams. She was very proud that as a single mom she raised strong independent women who all worked hard to obtain masters degrees in their occupational fields. She loved the tradition of going to Picwick lake every summer with her Aunt Robbie and Uncle Bill. She was at every birthday party, major event, and often helped coordinate them. 


Melinda was full of life, always brightening the lives of those around her. Heaven gained an angel on June 7th, 2018. She will be truly missed by all those who have known her. 


Memorial Services to celebrate her life will be held in the Brooks Family Chapel of the North Dallas Funeral Home on Tuesday June 12, 2018 at 1:00 pm, viewing before starting at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers the family request you make a donation in the memory of Melinda to YMCA Armed Forces at

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Cheryl C. Ellison

June 14, 2018 8:32PM

Lindy, although many years have passed since we've seen each other, I have no doubt that you have changed from the kind soul that you were in school. Somehow I just know that you've extended your angel wings over the years to include many family members, friends, and co-workers. God Bless Lindy! Although it might sound cliché, I truly believe that God took you from this life because he needed another angel. I am praying for your family and friends. So many are feeling the empty void of your absence...yet you are there watching over them.

Dr Dedria Givens-Carroll

June 14, 2018 5:08PM

Lindy: I’m so sorry you didn’t get to make it to our 40th class reunion this summer. You will be sorely missed! However, I’m thrilled that you’re singing with the angels in Heaven. My prayers to your family and friends.

Karen Todd

June 12, 2018 9:24PM

My sincere condolences to the family. Remembering Melinda's wonderful, kind and compassionate soul will remain forever in our hearts.

Shirley Cooper

June 12, 2018 2:22PM

I met Linda as a young girl when she visited Robbie and Bill. She was a sweet and lovely child. May she rest in peace.

Sue MacGregor

June 12, 2018 10:40AM

Lori, Melissa, Melanie, Jessica and Wayne,
I am so sorry for your loss - we all loved Melinda and she will be so deeply missed. I am thankful for the time I had with Melinda and enjoyed our time working together in Risk Management.

Phyllis Kilpatrick

June 12, 2018 7:38AM

I was so sorry to hear of your loss. She must have been a kind, loving person. Look forward to the time when you can see her in Paradise.

Anne Binns

June 12, 2018 7:25AM

A very special lady. Always put others first, gave hope and love to all who had the pleasure of knowing her. God bless her family.

Jessica Van Hoose

June 11, 2018 9:41PM

My deepest condolences go out to you and your family during this difficult time.I pray that God gives you and your family comfort and peace.

Marjorie Hilkert

June 11, 2018 8:25PM

Melinda was such a loving and positive presence in our daughter(Dana Withers) and grandchildren’s (Max and Lucy) lives when we couldn’t be near. She will be missed so dearly. Our hearts go out to her family wth love.

Tami Hilden

June 11, 2018 6:47PM

We have wrapped Melinda and her family in our daily prayers. May she rest peacefully in God’s loving embrace❤️

Guy Ferrell

June 11, 2018 3:40PM

I met Melinda in 1993 when I started my journey in softball. I Never will forget her coming through the door of the meeting room saying” come on Melody come on Melissa your going to be late to meet your softball coach”. I thought oh my look at all of these girls lol. From that day I made a life long friend and had the privilege of coaching the girls and always having a friend that made me feel loved when times were tough. Melinda and I traveled from one field to the next and at times people thought we were married. Lol. When Melinda introduced to Wayne I thought that you are the luckiest man in the world. I never had a friend that was always a true friend and I considered her and the girls as part of my family as well. I will miss you and will always be thankful to softball that I got to meet someone as special as you. And thank you Wayne for making her so happy and sharing her friendship with me.
You will always be loved and missed.
Guy Ferrell

Lisa & Mike Rogers

June 11, 2018 1:48PM

Laurie, Mel, Melissa, Jessica,
so sorry for the loss of your Mother.. We will keep your families in our Prayers these next few days. It is very hard when you loose your Mother or Father. It will get easier as time goes on.

William J. Frazier, Jr.

June 11, 2018 1:18PM

Aunt Robbie and Uncle Bill extend our deepest sympathy to Wayne, Laurie, Melissa, Melody, Jessica and all of Lindy's Grandchildren. Our warmest thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. We share your loss. Sorry we will be unable to be with the family for Lindy's services in Dallas on Tuesday, 12 June. With our Love, Robbie and B J Frazier

Jane Cauley & Peggy Walz

June 11, 2018 12:59PM

Melanie, we are so saddened by your loss. Please know that we are lifting you and your family up in prayers for comfort. We are never ready to loss anyone but certainly not your momma.

Joan McDaniel

June 11, 2018 12:14PM

May your wings fold gently as you Rest In Peace. I am confident. 💜✝️