2007-01-18 / Obituaries

Dorothy Louise Westbrook Aydelott

Dorothy Louise Westbrook Aydelott, well-known community leader, and the oldest member of a long-time Marengo family, died at Old Town Home, December 29, 2006. "Dot", the youngest of George Heath Westbrook and Lulie Hays Compton Westbrook's eight children was born March 7, 1009 in Nanafalia.

While Dot was in her teens, the Westbrook family, one of strong Baptist faith, moved to Linden where she graduated from Linden High School on M ay 31, 1927. Following high school graduation, she entered and completed studies at a Montgomery Business College.

Dot and her late husband, O. Larimore Aydelott, had no children of their own, but took at age three and one-half, a maternal nephew and reared him as their only child. In later years, the daughter, Dorothy Cook Purser (Kramer), born to Alonzo and his wife, became Mrs. Aydelott's granddaughter. Additional survivors are numerous nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Aydelott and her husband, after purchasing "Westbrook's General Store," Linden, were engaged in the mercantile business. For several decades, Mrs. Dot was a clerk in the Marengo County Probate Office; first, for her uncle-in-law, Judge Alonzo L. Hasty, and in later years for her brother, Judge Robert James (Shine) Westbrook.

Dot was generous with her civic duties. She was the first female elected to the office of Linden City Council, and served several terms in this position. She was later appointed to the Marengo County Board of Registrars and continued for a number of terms in this capacity. The deceased was a charter member of the Linden Business and Professional Women's Club when it was organized in Linden in 1961. Mrs. Aydelott served the local organization as its first President, was a District Director, and served in other positions on the local, district and state levels of BPW. On one occasion, she was selected at the state's "Woman of the Year" for BPW.

Her home was adorned with creations of handiwork and she enjoyed sharing results of this talent with her family and friends. Growing flowers was interest. Even in later years, before leaving her home on Shiloh Street due to declining health, she had on her kitchen windowsill an African violet garden.

Mrs. Aydelott was interred beside her husband in Linden Memorial Gardens. Rev. H. Grady Goodman, Jr., pastor of Round Hill Baptist Church in Thomasville, assisted by Rev. Ed Picket of Demopolis, Southern Care Hospice, officiated at the Jan. 1 service. O'Bryant Funeral Home in Thomasville was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial offerings may be made to Southern Care Hospice in Demopolis, Old Town Home in Linden, the Cancer Society or the church or charity of your choice. The family is especially appreciative of Old Town Home, Southern Care Hospice, and Dr. Paul Ketchum for the wonderful care given their mother, motherin law and grandmother.

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