Patricia Lynn Aldrich

February 16, 1951 ~
November 18, 2021

“Goodbye” was always the most difficult phrase Patricia Lynn (Stephens) Aldrich, 70, could say, and now she has left us saying our own goodbyes as she experiences the fullness of eternity. On the afternoon of November 18, 2021, having just celebrated her 48th wedding anniversary with her husband, Gregory Duncan Aldrich, Patty peacefully joined Jesus and her late parents, Theodore and Blanche Stephens. She is survived by her older brother, Larry Stephens. Missing Patty are her husband, Greg; four grown children, Sara (Chad), Matthew (Chasidy), Lauren (Caleb), and Seth; as well as her nine grandchildren, Sabra, Samuel, Elliana, Nevin, Abigail, Maxwell, Aviya, Isaac, and Isabelle. Because she was, naturally, “Grandma-with-the-3-Dogs,” also pining for Patty are her much-adored Yorkshire Terriers, Lilly, Ruby, and Iris, upon whom she was as quick to dote as she was upon her grandkids.

In addition to spending over forty years as an early-childhood educator, Patty was never without a novel to read or a plethora of flowers in her happily-tended garden. Summers were spent in the sunshine, floating in the pool with her dogs and family splashing nearby. Her family tenderly recalls being sung to with her favorite hymns or hearing the soothingly imperfect sing-song voice she used for the littlest family members. Her faith in Christ assured her of her eternal home in heaven, and her deepest desire was that her children and grandchildren would enjoy the same personal relationship she had with her Savior.

No matter where we wandered, her love created a constant home for our family. Whether she offered the perfect gift, a warm embrace, a timely card of encouragement, or a gentle pat on the foot, Patty has left a legacy of loving well in the little things. Instead of mere farewells we say, “Until next time,” to a most beloved wife, mother, and grandmother. According to her wishes, cremation has taken place.

A Celebration of Life open house in honor of Patricia will be held on Saturday, December 11, 2021 from 1-3 pm at Living Grace Ministries, 4880 36th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Faith Hospice of Grand Rapids. Condolences may be sent online at

Celebration of Life
Saturday, December 11
1:00pm - 3:00pm

Living Grace Ministries
4880 36th Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512

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November 27, 2021 6:14pm
A very sweet lady taken too soon. Thoughts and prayers for her beautiful family.

- Sandi Beck

November 26, 2021 3:47am
Love you all, in my heart always!! Until we meet again Patti

- Michelle Williamson

November 25, 2021 11:38am
Sara and family, we are praying for you all during this time of loss. We pray that Sweet Jesus will fill the empty, hollow moments. We didn’t have the privilege of knowing your mom, but we do have the privilege of knowing and being blessed by her legacy. Love, The Dolsen family

- Vicki Dolsen

November 25, 2021 11:30am
My deepest sympathy and prayers to all of you..I was fortunate that Patty and I got reconnected after all these years, only to find out months later she was diagnosed with cancer. I'm thankful we had the opportunity to see each other again..They say , a reason for everything. Your Cousin Teri

- Theresa Vogel

November 25, 2021 9:09am
May God wrap his arms around your family at this difficult time.

- Dave and Linda Fraley

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