Esther Jean Aiken, 86

Esther Jean Aiken, 86, of North Sewickley Twp. Ellwood City passed away peacefully Thursday, March 2, 2017 at her residence.

Born February 21, 1931 in New Brighton, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Mildred Gorby Welsh. She was married for 64 years to Donald R. Aiken, who survives.

Esther was a professional homemaker, taking pride in raising her four children. She was an active member of North Sewickley Presbyterian Church. Spanning 64 years, Esther was involved as a Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, and served on the Kitchen Committee. She also worked on the Global Links Medical Mission Team. Esther enjoyed camping and she loved to embroider. She was famous for making delicious pies.

In addition to her husband, Don, survivors include three sons; Larry, Doug, and, Michael “Buck” (Vicki) Aiken; daughter, Cheryl (Dennis) Cortez, all of North Sewickley Twp.; two brothers, Raymond Welsh of New Brighton, Donald Welsh of California; four grandchildren, Lindsay (Jason) French, Josh Cortez, Brittany and Devin Aiken; and three great grandchildren, Chase, Karter, and Presley French.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy Tuscic.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday March 6 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.  Friends will also be received at the North Sewickley Presbyterian Church on Tuesday from 10 until the time of the funeral service at 11 am. Pastor Nathan Loudon will officiate the services.   Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions in Esther’s name be directed to Alzheimer’s Research or Gateway Hospice.

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5 thoughts on “Esther Jean Aiken, 86

  1. Dear Cheryl- and Family – We- so Sorry on the Passing of Your Mom May god Rest here Soul , and May You find Peace, Comfort and Healing .. I know It’s been a Hard Road… Take Care And Much Love and Prayers to You ..

  2. Dear Cheryl, I am so sorry to hear of your mothers
    passing. I was just telling a friend how we would
    hook up one of your parents trailers and take the
    kids camping. I have so many fond memories of
    your mom. She was the greatest. I learned a lot of
    canning from your mom. That tomato soup and
    homemade bread was the best. Please pass on my
    condolences to your dad, brothers and the whole clan.
    Love, Vicki Landis DeCaro

  3. Very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Peace, love and prayers to all of you. May she rest in peace.

    Jeff and Deanna Bonomo

  4. Dear Cheryl and the Aiken family.
    You have my deepest sympathy. Esther was such a wonderful ,sweet woman. Prayers to you all for strength and comfort.
    Sheila and Doug Ebeling

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