Linden political trailblazer remembered for her devotion

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 10, 2007

LINDEN &045; A woman that thought that a woman can do as well as a man becoming the first woman elected to the City Council, Dorothy Louise Westbrook Aydelott, died Dec. 29 at Old Town Home.

Aydelott was an active member of the Linden community and political scene, serving several terms on the council. She was later appointed to and served for a number of years on the Marengo County Board of Registrars and was a charter member of the Linden Business and Professional Women’s Club when it was organized in 1961.

Aydelott was the clubs first president, a district director and served several other positions on the local, district and state levels. She was even selected as the state’s &8220;Woman of the year&8221; for the Business and Professional Women’s Club.

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Not only looking after her family’s legacy, Aydelott helped out her family members that where in need. She had no children of her own but when the need arose for a home for one of her nephews, Alonzo &8220;Buddy&8221; Purser, she took him in at age three and a half and raised him as her own. When Purser married and had a child, Dorothy Cook Purser, Aydelott took on the role of grandmother just as she had as mother.

Purser said Aydelott was a reserved person, who wasn’t much for talking for talking’s sake. She said Aydelott was approachable though, you just had to elicit her opinion before she would give it.

Aydelott was interred next to her husband, O. Larimore Aydelott, in Linden Memorial Gardens. The Rev. H. Grady Goodman Jr., assisted by the Rev. Ed Pickel, officiated at the Jan. 1 service.