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UNKNOWN Mathilda
Female 1915 - 2005

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  • Birth  18 Apr 1915  Russell, Bottineau, North Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Female 
    Education  Abt 1935  Minot, Ward, North Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Minot State Teachers College 
    Death  20 Nov 2005 
    Individual Note  Parents were possibly Ervin T. & Martha Emerdle 
    SSN issued  Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Name  Mathilda A Aitken  [1
    Name  Mathilda A Hubbard 
    Name  Tillie Unknown 
    Social Security Number  539-26-5723  [1
    Died  20 Nov 2005  Bainbridge Island, Kitsap, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID  I20641  Brasfield-Brassfield Genealogies
    Last Modified  17 Feb 2015 
     
    Father  UNKNOWN Father,   b. Abt 1883,   d. Abt 1918 
    Mother  UNKNOWN Martha,   b. Abt 1886 
    Family ID  F9914  Group Sheet
     
    Family 1  HUBBARD Charles M,   b. 28 Apr 1915, Bottineau, Bottineau, North Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Sep 1943, Bottineau, Bottineau, North Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Abt 1935 
    Family ID  F9913  Group Sheet
     
    Family 2  HUDGENS Leland Stanford,   b. 08 Aug 1910, Terra Haute, Vigo, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 1993, Pendleton, Umatilla, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  10 Aug 1946  King, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Divorced  1965  Grandview, Yakima, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    >1. Living
    >2. HUDGENS Warren Major,   b. 01 Oct 1950, Grandview, Washhington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jun 2011, Bainbridge Island, Kitsap, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F13580  Group Sheet
     
    Family 3  AITKEN Melvin Romaine,   b. 23 Aug 1915, Scotia, Humboldt, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jun 2002, Seattle, King, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1973  King, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F9911  Group Sheet
     
  • Notes 
    • Mathilda Aitken, our Mother, Mathilda Aitken April 18, 1915 - November 20, 2005. Tillie passed away peacefully on Sunday morning at home where she lived with her son and his wife, Warren Hudgens and Sharon Murphy.

      Nana lived with Warren and Sharon for the past five years, with their five sons and two dogs. We believe her life was extended and enriched by the noise and voices of a busy household. Her daughter Susan and granddaughter Darcy, both of Port Angeles, also visited frequently.

      Our mother was born in Russell, North Dakota. Her father was taken when she was three in the Influenza Epidemic of 1918. Her mother, Martha, raised five children in a simple, harsh, rural setting. Through the kindness of her Uncle Christ Zurcher, Tillie was able to graduate from Minot State Teachers College.

      She began her teaching career in a one-room schoolhouse, teaching all 12 grades. She left North Dakota after the death of her first husband, Charlie, arriving in Seattle in 1945. She attended the University of Washington to further her education, majoring in history, and worked at the Frederick & Nelson credit department. She married Leland Hudgens in 1946. They relocated to Grandview, Washington where she and Lee had two children, Susan and Warren.

      In 1956, Tillie returned to teaching in the Grandview public schools. She taught 4th grade and, later, sophomore English and journalism. In 1965, upon her divorce from Lee, she and Warren moved to Seattle. (Susan was at Stanford University.) Tillie taught at Jane Addams Junior High until her retirement in 1977. At Jane Addams, Tillie began an innovative program to help 8th graders who had difficulty reading. She remained close to many of her fellow teachers throughout her retirement.

      In 1973, Tillie married Melvin Aitken. They lived together in their Richmond Beach home for 27 years. Their home was a hub for holidays and for countless gatherings of family. They were also close to and assisted by many neighbors, including Julene and Dr. Gary Pyfer. Tillie and Mel enjoyed travel (Europe, Australia and annual sojourns to Palm Desert). Tillie became expert in the game of duplicate bridge, spending many enjoyable days at the Women’s University Club and, later, at the Bainbridge Island Senior Center, where she made many new friends. The quality of her play entitled her to the mantle of Life Master. Tillie was active in many groups and charities including the Children’s Hospital Guild, the Milk Fund and Women’s University Club. After a heart attack in October 2000, Tillie resolved to make a new life on Bainbridge Island with her son, Warren, daughter-in-law Sharon and her five grandsons, Michael, Nick, Jordan, Ben and Kramer. During this chapter, she also enjoyed frequent visits from Susan and her granddaughter, Darcy.

      Tillie is also survived by sister, Helen Lindquist of Florida, sister-in-law Luella Deahl of North Dakota, stepsons David (Bonnie), John (Pat) and Jim (Ann) Aitken, many grandchildren, one great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews. Her beloved Melvin passed away in June 2002. She is with him now. No memorial service is planned. Tillie is grateful to Warren’s wife Sharon, Dr. Greg Keyes, Hospice of Kitsap County, and Helen Kilbane for their loving care during her final days. Remembrances may be made to Children’s Hospital, PO Box 50020, Seattle, WA 98145.

      Arrangements entrusted to Kass & Cook Family Funeral Home on Bainbridge Island.
     
  • Sources 
    1. [S161] Social Security Death Index, Ancestry.com, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2007;), Database online. Number: 539-26-5723; Issue State: Washington; Issue Date: Before 1951..
      Record for Mathilda A. Aitken