Dorothy M. Aiken

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BARRE TOWN - Dorothy M. "Dot" Aiken, 93, of East Street Extension, died July 1, 2014, at the Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin.

Born Jan. 30, 1921, in Fairlee, she was the daughter of Ralph and Cecilia (Moran) Downing Sr. She had attended schools in Williamstown.

On June 4, 1937, she married Bernard L. Aiken. Most of their married life had been spent in Barre Town and Barre. They lived in Portland, Maine, during World War II. Bernard died June 4, 1997.

"Dot" and her husband operated Aiken's Market on Washington Street in Barre, and later she worked as a teller at the Chittenden Bank in Montpelier.

She was an avid bowler, having won many trophies, and she and Bernard enjoyed nature and their Sunday afternoon drives. She also had been a member on the former St. Cecilia Parish in Washington and St. Monica Parish in Barre.

Survivors include her two sons, Lawrence "Larry" Aiken, of Flushing, New York, and Douglas Aiken and his wife, Adele, of Bennington; her brother Richard Downing and his wife, Fernand, of Englewood, Florida; and three sisters, Beverly Berte, of Montpelier, Patricia Pellon and her husband, John, of Barre Town, and Janet Lambert and her husband, Maurice, of Winter Haven, Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her brothers Harold and Ralph Downing Jr., and sister Kathleen Fair.

Her Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at 10 a.m. in St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre.

Interment will follow in the Maple Hill Cemetery in Washington.

There are no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.

The Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, is in charge of the arrangements.
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Published in Times Argus on Aug. 16, 2014