Aletha C. Easley passed away July 26, 2022 peacefully with music playing and surrounded by family and friends at Kindred Hospital in Indianapolis.
Aletha was a longtime resident of Heritage House in Connersville and an advocate for residents who had no one. She had many friends there.
Aletha is survived by her beautiful granddaughters, Gizelle Perry and Amayah Easley; siblings: Paula Easley (Richmond), Robert Martin (Richmond), Doug Easley (Connersville), Kent Easley (Connersville), Sharea Dillingham (Indianapolis), Ruth Easley (Indianapolis), Rhonda Easley (California); many nieces, nephews, and cousins, and extended family: Maxine Fahie (Connersville), Martha Ruth Kirkley (Lafayette), Patricia Crowe (New Castle), Charles Nicholson (Connersville), and Tony Nicholson.
Aletha is preceded in death by her son, Stephan Brook Easley; her mother, Betty P Martin Easley; two aunts, Doris Martin and Donna Martin; and her grandmother, Viola Martin.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 says, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die;…”
Aletha was someone who touched so many lives in the different seasons of her life. If you knew her then you probably have a story to tell. Aletha was funny, fun and someone who loved adventures. From a young age she was fearless in sports and in life. Aletha graduated from Connersville High School. One of the most memorable times that she loved reminiscing about in sports was her high school 4X100 relay team who was undefeated during the season and went to State every year they ran. She also went to the historic 5th Street School during grade school and unbelievably she still knew everyone’s name and story, and created lifelong friendships.
Aletha was stunningly beautiful, and when she walked into a room both men and women could not help but stare, she had those beautiful high cheekbones like her mother Betty. Along with her physical beauty she loved to shop until she dropped, but if you dared to go with her guaranteed you would be the one to drop first. When she was still at her home she had two closets full of shoes, but if you needed shoes for an occasion, she always was looking in her closet to help make sure you were together head to toe, if you were her family or friend, if you were in need she would literally give you the clothes off her back. If you wanted to watch the latest movie, Aletha kept the bootleg movie hustlers paying their bills and allowing you to watch the latest movies. If Aletha was your friend, she was your friend, she did not care for everyone but she loved her family and her friends. She helped care for her mother who she loved dearly when she was sick.
Aletha taught Sunday School Preschool age for 5 years at Mount Zion Baptist Church; she loved those children and they loved her. She was an active member of the NAACP and volunteered for the Red Cross, seasons of Aletha’s life many did not know.
All who knew Aletha knew her love for music, especially 70’s music; she loved going to concerts where she met lots of friends including the Spinners and the Stylistics (yes, they were her true friends). She loved to sing karaoke and play Euchre and Bid Whiz.
In the last seasons of her life, although always having a knowledge and love for God, she began her journey of worshiping him in a deeper way. In 2000, Pastor Alex Fahie Baptized Aletha, and she became an active member of Second Baptist Church in Rushville. Aletha was still tough at times externally, but her heart began to change for God and she would talk about her journey and her trust in him, going to church on a regular basis.
It is important to note Aletha’s tremendous faith in God through the last season of her life. It’s important to know how she fought hard to live through pain and suffering with the strength of God, and a strong advocate for her care. She used that faith to get her through being sick for years, not knowing why, starting with losing her hearing and finally being diagnosed in 2013 with Neurological Sarcoidosis. For Aletha the unique properties of that disease were a constant attack and control of her central nervous system when inflamed, enhanced by any upset, even a common cold. Her whole being as she knew it was changing, and still she fought. No matter how her physical appearance changed that room stopping beauty was still there, coming from a powerful light within and her extreme kindness and gratitude.
Again, she showed the power of strength and her strong faith in God in 2015 with the death of her only son Brook. Aletha knew through her faith she would see Brook and her mother again, and she left this world a Good and Faithful Servant.
Aletha believed. “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” Phillipians 1:21.
Friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Monday, August 1, 2022 at Miller, Moster, Robbins Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m. with Pastor Alex Fahie officiating. Burial will be in Dale Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made anytime at millermosterrobbins.com.