June 7, 1931 – February 19, 2016
Eleanor was a wonderful woman, wife and mother. We are sad to announce that she died after a long struggle with Altzheimer’s Disease, with family members at her side. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Allan Aitken; her children: Hattie Aitken, Mary Dunlap (Robert), Carrie Nelson (Richard), and Bill Aitken (Kathy), and her brother Lawrence Henderson. She will be missed by her 7 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Throughout her life, Eleanor gave her all to making life as good as it could be for her family, from maintaining a farming life to living in towns and cities over their lives together. She was an exceptionally talented, creative and innovative person, ready to try and succeed at anything including clothing design, food and wine production, growing food and flowers, frequenting dance halls, swimming pools and curling rinks, always able to make something from almost nothing! Her beloved dogs were always part of her life, and her friends meant the world to her. She is fondly remembered for her great sense of humour and her infectious laugh. With thanks, the family extends its gratitude for the compassionate care provided by the staff of Cottage 5, Heron Grove, Vernon BC. A reception and tea in Eleanor’s honour be announced at a later date.