Alfret Golden

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Ms. Alfret Geraldine Golden received the breath of life on Tuesday, January 19, 1926, born to the late Snada Medley and Arlena Hoard in Cleveland, OH. Alfret departed this life in the arms of her only child and son, Mr. Haile Keita, Saturday, October 30, 2021, at Mar Ka Nursing Home, Mascoutah, IL at the age of 95.

She accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior in her 20s, was baptized, and joined the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Cleveland, OH. She moved from Cleveland in the 1950’s to the San Francisco Bay Area and lived there until she moved to Shiloh, IL, in 2015 to be close to her son, Haile. She worked as a secretary as various State of California agencies, before she joined the US Post Office as a clerk until her retirement at the age of 65.

Throughout her long life, she joined various organizations such as the Ladies League, the Community Bible Class, and the Eastern Star. She also became a member in the 1980s of St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Richmond, CA, where she served on the Usher Board and later in life, became active with the Salvation Army in Concord, CA. In retirement, she volunteered at the Concord Public Library, reading to children, and helping as a librarian assistant. She was always very generous with her time and enjoyed working with children. She was kind and gentle in spirit with a soft voice and a radiant smile.

Alfret, known to her family and friends by two nicknames “Gerri” or “Deen” which was derived from her middle name, Geraldine, was preceded in death by her older sister, Daisy Martin; and four younger siblings, Snada Medley, Jr., Lawrence Medley, Charlotte Medley, and Harold Medley; and her two best and closest friends in her life, who were as blood sisters to her and that also preceded her in death within the last two years, her first cousin, Gwendolyn Harden of Cleveland, OH and Yvonne Gibson of Hayward, CA.

She leaves to mourn her passing and cherish her precious memories, her son, Mr. Haile Keita of Belleville, IL; two nieces, Ms. Celeste Baveghems of Cleveland, OH, and Ms. Stephanie Medley of El Sobrante, CA; her nephew, Mr. Gregory Medley (Charisse) of Rodeo, CA; her great-nephew, Mr. Snada Medley of Richmond, CA; many other nieces, nephews, and cousins; and special friends, Mr. and Mrs. Frank and Sharon Rhodes of Atlanta, GA; and Mr. Lewis Jackson of Shiloh, IL, all of whom she cherished dearly.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Community Interfaith Food Pantry or the Salvation Army. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, November 5, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. Standard CDC guidelines, including masks and social distancing will be observed.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, November 5, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Dereck Dean officiating.

Burial will be at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville, IL.



8 Comments on Alfret Golden

Juana and Rog Hudson said : Guest Report Nov 04, 2021 at 9:06 AM

Our deepest condolences.

  • O Fallon
  • Illinois
Foster Criss said : Guest Report Nov 04, 2021 at 6:19 AM

Although I never had the chance to meet Ms. Golden, Haile’s love and dedication for her spoke to the type of woman she was. Truly sorry for your loss Haile. Our prayers are with you during this difficult season. Criss Family

  • Shiloh
  • IL
Mike White said : Guest Report Nov 03, 2021 at 7:11 PM

Haile, you are a true inspiration, my friend. You took such good care of your Mother, always putting her needs first and always looking out for her best interests. May she rest in peace, and I'm sure she's beaming with pride as she looks down on you from above.

  • Arnold
  • MO
Bill Sides said : Guest Report Nov 03, 2021 at 6:12 AM

Haile, we are so sorry for your loss. This is a difficult time, but I hope you can take comfort in her peace.

  • Fredericksburg
  • VA
Mark E Winkler said : Guest Report Nov 02, 2021 at 9:03 PM

My family was saddened to hear of her passing

  • IL
Kortny McCarter said : Guest Report Nov 02, 2021 at 9:43 AM

Ms. Golden was an amazing woman who was loved by all who knew her. She was a proud, loving mom (loved Haile dearly) and our prayers go out to the family during this difficult time. All our love from your St. Louis family - Kortny, Ken, Dave III and Dylan.

  • IL
Mary Ann Torregrossa-Wilson said : Guest Report Nov 02, 2021 at 9:40 AM

Until we meet again as promised by God in the Bible, Rest In Peace Ms Golden. It was truly a pleasure to have known you in this life and look forward to seeing you in the next. As For Haile, the most caring son, be assured you have her great comfort and splice and made God proud you are a child of his! It is also a pleasure to have known you. Blessings and sympathies abound.

  • Shiloh
  • Illinois
Janna Witherell said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2021 at 11:54 PM

Haile, please accept my deepest condolences. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Janna

  • Mascoutah
  • Illinois

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