Thelma Lowe Aiken

February 23, 1922 ‒ January 02, 2021

Marion, Ohio

Thelma Lowe Aiken, age 98 passed away peacefully on January 2, 2021 at Presidential Post Acute Center in Marion, Ohio.

She was born February 23, 1922 in Pike County Kentucky to William Harvey Lowe and Maudie Pauley Lowe. She grew up in Eastern Kentucky and moved to Ypsilanti, Michigan during World War II in order to join the female defense workforce at the Henry Ford Bomber Plant at Willow Run (known as Air Force 31). While working as a “Rosie the Riveter” in the fuselage of a B24 Liberator Bomber plane she met the love of her life, Jesse Roland Aiken, when she accidentally drilled his coveralls. She always said love bloomed in that fuselage and she knew then that she would marry Jesse one day. They married nearly a year later on June 16, 1944 in Toledo, Ohio. They were happily married for 52 years until he preceded her in death in March 1997.

Thelma was renowned for her sewing skills and enjoyed quilting, baking and considered herself a “Jack of all trades” in plumbing, construction, gardening, and volunteering in the community. Most notably was her passion for sewing, doll making and quilting. At 94 she had a one woman “Quilt Show” that included over 50 of her finest quilts. Over her lifetime, she received many awards for her sewing skills and even won “Best in Show” for her quilt entry at the Ohio State Fair. She continued to sew dolls and clothing during her 4-year stay at Kingston Residence of Marion, Ohio. For years she was the go-to cake baker and decorator in the Marion area for wedding and birthday cakes. She loved clothing, jewelry, traveling, and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Thelma was a founding member of Central Ohio Association of Christian Broadcasters, better known as COACB TV 39 and remained on the board of Directors for the duration of her lifetime. Throughout her many years with COACB she attended church services, sang in the choir, ran cameras, cooked for the crew, wrote two cookbooks, organized sales, and raised funds to continue God’s work through the station.

When her children were grown and away from home, she returned to the work force and worked for 20 years for the Pleasant Local School District. She loved seeing the children every day and watching them grow into adulthood. She remained active in the Daughters of the American Revolution, Red Hat Society and various other church organizations.

Thelma was preceded in death by her parents, loving husband, eldest son Rev. David Aiken, two sisters Elva Gilliam and Nelvia Hunt, and brother Burley Lowe. She is survived by one sister Janive Underwood of Danville, Illinois, her daughter Loretta Aiken of Gainesville GA, a son Paul Aiken (Ramona) of Prestonsburg Ky, daughter-in-law Carolyn Aiken (David) of Edison Ohio, 5 grandchildren Richard Alan Aiken, MaShawna Jacobs, Stephen Aiken, Jonathan Aiken, and Melanie Aiken, and 10 Great grandchildren that she loved dearly, Christopher, Rachelle, Chase, Kayleigh, Chloe, Andrew, Blake, Mariana, Isabella, and Sophia.

Thelma’s calling hours will be at TV 39, 1282 North Main Street, Marion, Ohio on Friday, January 8, 2021 from 10 to 11 AM. A Funeral Service will follow at 11 AM with Reverend Paul Aiken and Dr. Freddy Dutton presiding. Burial will be immediately after the funeral at The Grand Prairie Cemetery in Marion, Ohio.

The family has asked in lieu of flowers that a memorial contribution can be made to the Central Ohio Association of Christian Broadcasters.

Thelma wanted us to leave you with her favorite bible verse. ‘I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:7-8)

Funeral can be viewed on COACB website at or Live Stream on at 11:AM on Friday January 8, 2021

The Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to be serving the Aiken family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

  • I remember how Thelma always wanted to give. How she loved to help people. How she did anything she could to help COACB. She will live on in the hearts of those she touched thru kindness and love.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with Thelma’s loved one at this time. I became acquainted with Thelma through her sweet sister Janive in the Daughters of the American Revolution, Governor Bradford Chapter NSDAR in Danville, Illinois where Jan now lives.
    Thelma indeed has lived a full and honorable Christian life and I am humbled to have made her acquaintance. May the memories of your time on earth with her provide you with comfort at this time .” Rest for the frail hands, Rest for the Feverish Brow, Rest for the weary feet, Rest from all labors now”