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Francis Aiken

September 24, 1931 — January 10, 2022

Francis Aiken

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Mary Frances Mitchell Aiken was born September 24, 1931 to Robert Earl and Ruby Moselle Mitchell. She was one of six children and grew up in rural Duncan, Mississippi. She attended Duncan High School where she played clarinet and was valedictorian of her senior class. She he married James Harold Aiken and they had two children, Dennis and Sally. She later became a grandmother to four grandsons and two granddaughters and great-grandmother to 6.

Frances worked many years as a secretary for the architectural firm Brewer, Goldbold & Associates and later as a bookkeeper for Heaton Farms, both in Clarksdale. She also was quite the seamstress and made beautiful dresses, dance costumes and doll clothes for many, many folks. She moved to Cleveland at the age of 65 when she "retired" and quickly started working in "The Commons" and then "Delta Landing". She continued as a seamstress until late in her 80s making beautiful doll clothes and "walker pockets".

In Clarksdale, Frances was a member of Oakhurst Baptist Church and when she moved to Cleveland, she became a member of First Baptist Church.

Frances was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Early and Ruby Mitchell, her sister Lilian Bradley, her brother Joseph Mitchell, her sister Sue Parham and her brother Robert E. Mitchell. Her survivors include her sister Dottie Reed (Joe Wayne), her son W. Dennis Aiken, her daughter Sally Weeks, four grandsons, two granddaughters and six great-grandchildren.

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