Died: Tue., Jul. 20, 2021


9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Thu., Jul. 29, 2021
Location: Stuart Mortuary Chapel

Celebration of Life

11:00 AM Thu., Jul. 29, 2021
Location: Stuart Mortuary Chapel

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Her Story

Alberta Stanley White was born on October 20, 1917, in Albany, Georgia.  She was the seventh child born to Luke and Donie Shorter Stanley.  She and her parents and sisters and brothers, moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1923.  As a member of a large, loving, God-fearing family, Alberta accepted Christ in her life and was baptized by Rev. Winfrey at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church at an early age.  Her parents and siblings, William Stanley, James Stanley, Joseph Stanley, Annie Lue Bowden, Madie S. Holiday, Olivia Bell and Donnie Mae Stanley, all preceded her in death. 

Alberta attended Indianapolis Public School #37, and graduated from Crispus Attucks High School in 1937.  She furthered her studies at the School of Practical Nursing, where she completed and excelled in the prescribed course to become licensed in her profession.

With the outbreak of World War II, Alberta heeded the call to serve her   country in the armed forces.  She served in the United States Women Army Corps (WAC) during World War, and as an Administrative Clerk and Medical Technician in the U. S. Army Reserves.  She earned a Victory Medal.   

Alberta joined Galilee Missionary Baptist Church on March 23, 1952.  It was her joy to be a faithful and active member for over 60 years.  She sang in the choir, and was a charter member of the Nurses Auxiliary, the first church secretary.  She dutifully attended Sunday school and all church activities.  Alberta shared a special bond with her late pastor, Dr. Fitzhugh Lyons, Sr., and relished in knowing she was his eldest member.    

On a blind date, Alberta met her beloved, Overton, and they were joined in Holy Matrimony on May 24, 1953.  Their life of love and marital contentment spanned over twenty-seven years until he passed away on June 15, 1980.  With their marriage, Alberta added a daughter, Alverta Dolores Sansbury.  Alverta’s progeny included eight children, Malcolm Sansbury, Antonio Clark, Robert Ervin, Brenda A. Sansbury, Donita Jo Bradshaw, Valarie Lyn Phelps, Carla Ervin and Sheila Ervin, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great, great grandchildren.

As a civilian, Alberta worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse at St. Vincent   Hospital and Veterans Administr5ation Medical Center on West 10th Street.  She was also a Clerk Claims Examiner at the United States Army Finance and Accounting Center at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana.  After retiring, Alberta provided loving care for the Van Tassell family, whose sons she adored and they in turn remained devoted to her.  In her neighborhood, she was President of the Crime Watch.  In later years, she stated that she was, “Just happy to be able to take care of herself”. Her lifelong hobbies included reading and writing.

She shared with many her pride in being interviewed by renowned author and historian, Ted Green, and her participation in the documentary, Attucks:  The School That Opened a City, shown of public television networks and locally on WFYI.  She was recognized as one of the eldest alumni of Crispus Attucks High School.  On November 18, 2017, Alberta received an award for recognition at Fort Harrison for the service as a W.A.C.-L. P. Nurse.

Alberta Stanley White died peacefully in her home on July 20, 2021.  She leaves five generations of family which includes Brenda Bridgeforth Edwards and Allen Bridgeforth, Jr., her niece and nephew and caregivers, other caregivers, Galilee church family, friends and neighbors. 


Her Testimony

“Wait on the Lord, and be of good courage” (Psalms 27:14) is the only wisdom I know. 


Humbly Submitted……………The Family





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