Wife of Andrew Franklin Alford, AAFA #0668





San Bernardino, San Bernardino Co., CA—Saturday, 26 July 2003


            Barbara Jane Alford was born February 3, 1929 in Los Angeles, passed away July 22, 2003 at Reche Canyon Rehabilitation Center after a long illness. Beloved wife of Frank Alford for 56 years. Reunited now with her son, Michael Lynn Alford, who gave his life for his country in Vietnam on May 1, 1968. Survived by sons, Daniel Lee Alford, Philip Dennis Alford, and Robert “Rob” Alford, 5 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; sister, Betty Marie Bethel; and many extended family members and friends.

            Barbara attended Redlands High School and was part of the graduating class of 1947. Besides being a devoted wife, mother & nurse, she was involved in numerous volunteer work including Redlands Community Hospital Auxiliary, Red Cross, Operation “Send Off” at Norton A.F. Base during the Vietnam War, and Meals on Wheels. She held various offices in the Gold Star Mothers Organization and worked as a volunteer at the Jerry L. Pettis Hospital. She was instrumental in the establishment of the memorial commemorating service people from Redlands who gave their lives for their country in many wars. She was official Gold Star Mother for the Riverside Vietnam Veteran Chapter 47. She has been a member of the First Methodist Church of Redlands, First Congregational Church of Redlands and more recently, Emmanuel Methodist Church of San Bernardino.

            All who loved her and knew her miss Barbara; she was a giving and loving person who always looked for the best in others.

            A memorial service will be held Saturday at Emmanuel Methodist Church in San Bernardino at 10:30. Graveside Services will be at 12:00, Monday, July 28, 2003 at Riverside National Cemetery, Staging Area #1, and a private visitation at Emmerson-Bartlett of Redlands….


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Barbara J. Alford (SS# issued in CA), last residence San Bernardino, San Bernardino Co., CA.

            CA Births lists Barbara Jane Waite born 3 Feb 1929 in Los Angeles Co., mother’s maiden name Graddock.

            Barbara was the mother of Philip Dennis Alford, AAFA #0879. Her husband Andrew Franklin Alford’s twin brother is Philip Edward Alford, AAFA #0871.

            Barbara and Frank, who were married on 29 June 1947, were present at the AAFA meeting in California. They were part of what we called “the family of 14”: 14 attendees from the families of brothers Phil and Frank.

            Her husband’s lineage: Andrew Franklin 1926 CA1, Jesse Ellis 1898 MN2, Lewis Austin 1871 MN3, Alonzo 1842 NY4, Lewis 1814 VT5, Ashley Owen 1770 VT6, Benedict 1716 CT7, Benedict 1699 CT8, Jeremiah 1655 CT9, Benedict 1619 England10.