Dorothy Olive Rider Aiken, age 98, of Prospect, peacefully passed away Saturday at noon in the Redstone Highlands Nursing Home, Greensburg. She will be remembered as the most loving, beautiful, patient, and kind mother, grandmother, and great grandmother anyone could have ever asked for.
Born September 30, 1920 in Butler, she was the daughter of the late Elmer T. and Vera I. Porter Rider.
She was a member of the Mt. Nebo Presbyterian Church, where she enjoyed making the traditional apple butter.
In her early years, she was an operator for the Bell Telephone.
She enjoyed gardening, baking, canning, music, drawing, family camping trips, crocheting Caps for Kids for the Butler Hospital, and making lap throws for the patients at Sunnyview Home. She was a wonderful cook and always hosted family gatherings. She was always positive and selfless; she had a heart of gold and never wanted to be a bother to others.
She is survived by her loving children: Doris (David) Osborne of Prospect, Arleen (Gil) Sekely of Irwin, David (Janice) Aiken of Warrenton, VA; 7 grandchildren: Richard (Jenn) Osborne, Eric (Jen) Osborne, Chris Sekely, Jen (Ron) Mikluscak, Jeff (Margi) Sekely, Clinton Aiken, Connor Aiken; 8 great grandchildren: Ciera, Loren, Matthew, Tyler, Caleb, Sarah, Hunter, and Ian.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Leroy A. “Bud” Aiken, who she married June 3, 1948 and passed away July 2, 2005, and an infant daughter Mary Ann.
Friends will be received on Tuesday, from 2 – 4pm and 6-8pm at the Edward L. Raisley Funeral Home, 387 Main Street, Prospect. The funeral service will be on Wednesday, 11am, at the Raisley Funeral Home, with her church Pastor of Mt. Nebo Presbyterian Church, Rev. Steve Cort, officiating.
Interment will be in Mt. Nebo Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Nebo Church, c/o Bev McKinney, 405 Kennedy Road, Prospect, PA 16052.