EPSOM- Mrs. Josephine E. (Davis) Aiken, 78, of Epsom formerly of Pittsfield, passed away on April 28, 2018 surrounded by her loving family while in the care of the Concord Hospice House after a period of declining health.
Born in Whitefield, Jo was the daughter of the late Cecil and Helen (Osgood) Davis. She was raised and educated in Plainfield and was a graduate of Windsor, VT High School Class of 1958. She attended Concord Business College until she met her future husband, Fernald G. Aiken, Jr….and the rest is history!
Prior to her retirement, she was employed as a school bus driver for the Concord Union School District and held the distinction of being the first woman school bus driver for the district. She was a wonderful cook, spending most of her time in the kitchen. She is remembered for her home-made baked beans, sour-milk donuts and a bottomless cookie jar. It was not unusual for a headcount of 12 to become 30 or more at holidays, which were important to her and Jr. She loved the family get-togethers. Family and friends always looked forward to her bright smile, her warm embrace—especially those from “Aunt Jo.”
She was predeceased by her husband, Fernald G. Aiken, her brother, Bruce Davis; sister, Barbara Davis and “the best in-laws in the world,” Hazel and Fernald G. Aiken, Sr.
She is survived by her children: Ervine Aiken and his wife Brenda of Canaan, Pauline Hallquist of Epsom, Donna Aiken of Concord and Theodore Aiken of Epsom. She was the sister of Nancy Rowell of Center Barnstead, Danny Davis of Clarksville and stepsister to Curtis Tilton of W. Stewartstown. Also survived by her seven grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Calling Hours will be held on Saturday, May 12th from 10 A.M. to 12 P.M. in the Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home 1217 Suncook Valley Highway in Epsom. A Graveside Service will follow at 1:30 P.M. in the Canaan Street Cemetery in Canaan. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be sent to the Concord Regional VNA & Hospice, 33 Pillsbury St. Concord, NH 03301. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.stilloaks.com