Carolyn June Kimrey Aitken

Carolyn June Kimrey Aitken, daughter of Ruby McWilliams Kimrey and Henry F. Kimrey, was born at home on May 23, 1938, four miles north of Plato, Mo. On the morning of April 13, 2010, she passed from this life peacefully at her home in Zachary, La., where she resided for the last five years. Although no longer in robust health, her death was a shock to family and friends.

Her early years were spent in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains near Evening Shade, Roby, Plato and other surrounding areas. She was always proud of her mountain heritage and continued her love of the outdoors throughout her life.

On April 14, 1955, she was united in marriage to Nelson Aitken, and to them was born five children. The marriage ended after several years, and she decided to settle with her children near her sister in Baker, La. After moving to Baker, she bought a home and during the next 40 years, she worked hard and raised her five children. She was known as a good neighbor — especially in times of need, both friends and family would often find comfort in an ever-simmering pot of homemade chili and a tall glass of iced tea around her kitchen table. As a retired waitress from some of the best family restaurants in the Baton Rouge area, her co-workers remember her as a hard-working person, with a keen intelligence, and a dry sense of humor.

She is survived by her five children; four daughters, Mary Beth, Kim, Sherry and Alicia, all of Zachary, La.; one son, Tom of Leander, Texas; six grandchildren, Tommy Aitken, Laura and Daniel Clesi and Jacob, Carolyn, and Colt Aitken; and one brother, Richard Kimrey of Plato, Mo.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Vera Irene Kimrey Page; and her brother, William Evan Kimrey.

Her children will remember her as the one who, through the example of her own life, showed them how to live, laugh, work hard, appreciate people and their differences and enjoy simple things. She also instilled in each of them a strong sense of family and patriotism. Through the years, she happily sacrificed many things for her children and showed them in so many ways that she loved them unconditionally. In turn, they all adored her.

In recent years, she enjoyed discussing local and national politics and current events. Mostly, she loved having all of her family come for frequent visits, filling the house with activity and laughter.

The many beautiful floral arrangements and most of all the tear-dimmed eyes of the family, friends and neighbors that attended the funeral service, attested to the high regard in which she was held by those who knew her well.

The beautiful service was held at Charlet Funeral Home on Friday, April 16, 2010, and conducted by the Rev. Jeff Bayhi of Zachary, La., followed by internment at Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery in Baker, La.

Truly, we can say that she lived a good life. She met life’s challenges head-on with resourcefulness, determination, honor, laughter, and a strong faith in God. She was true to the principles in which she believed until her work here was finished, and an understanding Heavenly Father called her gently home. She will be forever loved and greatly missed!

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