Aiken Republican Club members say that Sue Collinsworth's welcoming personality and kindness to others made her a wonderful secretary for their organization.

Collinsworth, 75, of Aiken died on Thursday. She served as the Club's secretary for six years, she was a member of Mended Hearts and was an active member of Talatha Baptist Church. Members of the Aiken Republican Club Board took a moment on Friday to share their thoughts and memories of one of its most dedicated members.

Club President Ken Gordon said Collinsworth's name was almost synonymous to the Aiken Republican Club. Gordon said she assisted with reservations, helped set up for meetings and was given the unofficial title of event coordinator.

Gordon added the Club almost changed the bylaws to allow Collinsworth to continue serving as secretary, which currently has term limits, because she wanted to continue that role.

“She helped grow the Club just as much as anyone there,” Gordon said adding that Collinsworth's warm smile and kindness to others easily drew people in. “She was one special lady. I'm really going to miss her. You meet people throughout your life and some just stand out who are special. Sue falls into that category.”

Vice President Anthony Coffaro said her dedication to her church, family and the club was just contagious.

“We are broken-hearted over her loss,” Coffaro said. “She's not somebody that you're ever going to replace. The Aiken Republican Club is deeply effected by her loss.”

Board Member Mary Lou Dewar served as secretary before Collinsworth and said it wasn't an easy task. “She had the gift to make a very difficult job look easy,” Dewar said.

Amy Banton is the County reporter for the Aiken Standard and has been with the publication since May 2010. She is a native of Rustburg, Va. and a graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman's College.