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Charlie Aitken

Nancy Aitken

March 03, 1942 - November 21, 2020

We created a GatheringUs memorial to celebrate the life of Nancy Aitken. Collecting your stories and memories here will offer us great comfort. As we plan virtual and in person gatherings, we will share details here. Thank you for contributing to this lasting memorial.

OBITUARY
Nancy Ann Aitken March 3, 1942 - November 21, 2020Nancy was born on March 3, 1942 to Mabel and Charles O’Donnell on Mare Island, CA.  The oldest of three children to include Lenny and Kathleen O’Donnell. Nancy is survived by her three children Charlie, Philip and Tony Aitken, grandchildren Mari and Brendan Aitken, sister Kathleen O'Donnell and cousin Helen Thompson.For fifty years, Nancy owned and operated Busy Bee Childhood...  see more
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  • Celeste Doerr
    In my memories of Nancy, what I recall most strongly is how incredibly gracious she was and also how much fun she was to spend time with. It is true, as people say, that she made the world a better place, in so many ways I can think of. Since her passing...  more
  • Elaine Melia
    Nancy has been my friend for the past 42 years. My children worked for her and learned so much about how to be with children. Nancy truly loved what she did. She enjoyed being with the children and helped so many parents who were struggling. Her idea...  more
  • Carol Pritchard
    Nancy was my schoolmate and friend. We kept in touch with school reunions and business dealings. We will all miss her. My husband and myself give our sincere condolences to her family.
    Carol Pritchard
  • Yvonne  Fong
    Dear Charlie, Philip, Tony and Kathy,
    I don’t know if you remember me but you knew me as Miss Yvonne. I worked for your mom at Busy Bee from 1971 to 1976 as a teacher for the three-year-olds after I graduated with my AA in ECE.
    I saw her again as she...  more
  • Yvonne  Fong
  • Melisa Robison
    We didn't realize what a blessing we had stumbled upon when we started renting Nancy's house in 2014. She was immediately a smiling, genuine, happy landlady and neighbor, and quickly evolved into a loving surrogate grandmother figure. Now our daughter...  more
  • Barbara Fackenthall
    What comforting photos. In each shot you're able to capture Nancy's beautiful spirit beaming through that bright smile. Not only has Nancy been a mentor to me she was one of the kindest people I know. In the early years of my ECE career there were...  more
  • Kristy B
  • Kristy B
    My kids attended Busy Bee from 2012-2018. During that time, we got to know Nancy quite well. She was a wonderful, remarkable woman. In the morning, she was often reading books to the kids or playing right on the floor with them. She was energetic and...  more
  • Bernadette Del Chiaro
    Nancy was like none other. We will miss her very much. Her knowledge of children and what they need to thrive and be happy remains to this day a foundation for our two children, Oliver and Willa, who called Busy Bee their home away from home for many...  more
  • Mari Aitken
  • Mari Aitken
  • Kat & Zack Strickley
    Busy Bee was the best! And it was all because of Nancy. She was just so cool and good and real. We all loved her - parents and kids alike. May her legacy live on... I hope Busy Bee remains the same: totally fun, a little wacky, and 100% unique... just...  more
  • Rosy Hill Aitken