Dorothy Collins Aitken, 76, died Monday, October 3, 2011 at Palmetto Health Richland surrounded by family and friends. She was born in Horry County, a daughter of the late Patrick Henry and Mattie Lewis Collins. Mrs. Aitken was a member of First Presbyterian Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. James Gary Aitken; three brothers, Clifton W. Collins, Patrick L. Collins, and Sam L. Collins; and one sister, Louvinia Ford.
Surviving Mrs. Aitken are two sons, James Jeffery Aitken and his wife, Christy, of Blythewood, S.C. and Philip Gregory Aitken and his wife, Patricia, of Summerset, South Dakota; one daughter, Patricia Ruth Boccabello and her husband, Jeremy, of Columbia; three sisters, Corene McCain and her husband, Marshall, of Columbia, Nancy Norton and her husband, Harry, of Mullins, and Patricia C. Garrett of Mullins; as well as eleven grandchildren.
Her memorial service will be held 2 o'clock, Thursday, October 6, 2011 at The First Presbyterian Church, 1324 Marion Street, Columbia with Dr. Sinclair B. Ferguson, The Rev. L. Craig Wilkes, and Dr. John R. de Witt officiating. Family and friends will gather in the Atrium of Jackson Hall following the service. Shives Funeral Home is assisting the family. There will also be a service at 2 o'clock, Wednesday, at Pleasant View Baptist Church in Nichols with visitation at noon. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Meares Funeral Home of Mullins is in charge of arrangements in Nichols. The family suggests that memorials be made to Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, P.O. Box 690, Taylors, S.C. 29687 or Pleasant View Baptist Church, Highway 19, Nichols, S.C. 29581.