Wife of Thomas Aitken. Daughter of William Dalziel and Jean Sneddon
THE CHARITON HERALD-PATRIOT
Thursday, January 30, 1941
MRS. SUSAN AITKEN
Mrs. Susan Aitken, one of Chariton's most highly esteemed ladies, passed away at the Yocom hospital in Chariton, Iowa, on Friday, January 24, 1941, at the age of 80 years, 2 months and 19 days, after an illness of about two weeks with pneumonia.
Funeral services, conducted by her pastor, Rev. A. P. Landgraf, were held at the First Presbyterian church Sunday afternoon at three o'clock, and burial was in Oakview cemetery at Albia, by the side of her husband.
Susan Dalziel, daughter of William and Jean Dalziel, was born in Newmains, Scotland, on November 5, 1860. She grew to womanhood at that place and was married there on June 22, 1880, to Thomas Aitken. To this union six children were born.
In the year 1880, she, with her husband, came to the United States, locating at What Cheer, Iowa. She had been a resident of Chariton, Iowa, for the past twenty-four years.
When a young woman she united with the Presbyterian church, of which she was an active and devoted member the remainder of her life. She was a regular attendant at church services and, rain or shine, she was to be found in her place. She was present at the church service only a few days before her last illness.
She was a grand, good woman, ever giving of her strength to the service of others, and rendering assistance to those in need or distress. She was a devoted wife and mother, a faithful and true friend, and was admired by all for her many noble traits of character.
She leaves to mourn her passing three sons and three daughters, Thomas Aitken, of Knoxville; William Aitken, of Chariton; Elmer Aitken, of Albia; Mrs. R. W. Bedford, of Chariton; Mrs. W. W. Bell, of Williamson; and Mrs. A. E. Lewis, of Albia; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and four sisters and three brothers.
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