Paradise Valley, AZ – Ahalya Alfred, 91, passed away peacefully on January 30, 2023, with her daughter, son (in-law), and grandsons by her side. She was born on April 7, 1931, in Madenapalle, Andhra Pradesh, India, the first child and only daughter of Rev. Jayaraj Daniel and Dr. Mrs. Sarah Jacobina (Paul) Souri. Ahalya was a voracious reader and consummate student who graduated at the top of her 1951 Women’s Christian College class with a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Psychology. She was also a Gold Medal Recipient of her 1953 Madras Christian College class with a Master’s degree in Psychology. Ahalya married Dr. Dasari David Alfred, who became the love of her life, and they celebrated 33 ½ years of marriage before his sudden and unexpected passing. They traveled extensively and lived on four continents while Ahalya supported her husband’s medical career, all the while becoming a high-achieving educator in England herself, teaching children from rough communities for nearly 12 years. They jointly helped countless disadvantaged people around the world with their professional expertise and resources.
Ahalya became a dedicated homemaker and stay-at-home mother when she and her husband welcomed their one and only child, Shireen, and eventually settled in Ohio, which she called home for the next 30 years. She loved to cook, dance, and always dressed nicely and was grateful to be an American while never forgetting her East Indian roots. Ahalya was actively involved at Calvary Presbyterian Church, becoming a Deacon and serving in that role for many years. Due to her devout faith, she stayed actively involved in teaching women’s bible studies, participating in outreach programs, and was a staunch supporter of every church she attended while moving across the country to follow her daughter and son (in-law) once they started their own family. Ahalya was a loving, devoted, and doting mother and grandmother and was the happiest when she was with them all.
Ahalya is survived by her daughter, Shireen Eddleblute, and son-in-law Heath, whom she affectionately only referred to as “son,” of Scottsdale, AZ, her grandsons, Ben and Ethan Eddleblute, her brother, Dr. P.K. Souri and sister-in-law, Asha, of Barnesville, OH and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews whom she adored. Ahalya will be remembered as a great listener and prayer warrior who was always kind, welcoming, patient, and gentle, who treated everyone with love, dignity, and respect.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, May 13th, 2023, from 11-1pm at Calvary Presbyterian Church in St. Clairsville, Ohio, with service and burial following. Memorial donations can be made to Royal Family Kids’ Camp, a one-week program that creates life-changing moments and happy memories for abused and neglected foster children in Arizona. https://azhope.networkforgood.com/projects/153566-2022-sbc-rfkc
Arrangements, by Care Funeral Home & Cremation Specialists, 204 W. Main Street St. Clairsville, OH. Online condolences for the family may be given at Carechapel.com.
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- Saturday, May 13, 2023
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