Mary Helen Hord Pike (Hedy), 92 of Durham passed away December 18, 2020 at Duke University Hospital.
She was born April 18,1928 in Kings Mountain, NC to the late George Van Buren Hord and Mary Alice Knox Hord.
She graduated from Kings Mountain High School and attended Woman’s College. Helen was a charter member of Parkway Baptist Church where she served in different organizations including Sunday School, and Hospitality and made many life long friends. She worked for the Internal Revenue as a Tax Auditor for 25 years surrounded by co-workers who continue to be part of her life.
Helen was married to John Pike for 62 years and made a home in Greensboro for 56 of those years before they moved to Durham, NC. During their life together family and church were at the forefront. They became fans of NASCAR, Atlanta Braves, and ACC Basketball and enjoyed attending these events. Traveling was a highlight of each year with John or one of her many friends. After retirement she took up oil painting and took lessons through GTC. Knitting and crocheting were part of her life. She made blankets, toboggans and scarves for her grandchildren, great grandchildren and other family members and organizations.
Helen was a kind, sweet woman with a great smile and a good sense of humor. Family was the most important part of her life and she gave her love freely to her them.
Helen is predeceased by her loving husband John, her parents George and Mary Alice Hord, brother George Hord, Jr., and great granddaughter Mary Helen Powitz.
Helen is survived by daughter Alice Pike Brown and husband Edmund of Greensboro, NC,Sons Stuart Pike and wife Beth of Southport, NC and David Pike and wife Rhonda of Durham, NC, grandchildren Erin Brown Farney husband Steve of Greensboro, NC, Stuart Brown and wife Erika, of Franklin, Tn, Taylor Pike and wife Courtney of Durham,NC, Lindsey Pike Senter and husband David of Raleigh, NC, Mary Alice Pike of Durham, NC, Jack Pike and wife Joanna of Castle Hayne, NC, Adam Pike and wife Lara Pike of Wilmington, NC and Mary Margaret Pike Powitz and husband Tim of Lexington,Va. She also has 15 Great Grandchildren, Stella and Julia Farney of Greensboro, NC, Leighton and Eoin Brown of Franklin,Tn, Brooke, Natalie, Lauren, and Caleb Pike of Durham, NC, Claudia, David Aaron, Wade, and Knox Senter of Raleigh, NC, Hollis Pike of Wilmington, NC, and Anna Beth and Mary Helen Powitz of Lexington, Va. Helen is also survived by two nieces Elizabeth Hord and Rebecca Hord of Greensboro, NC, Brother-in-law Harry Pike and wife Carol of McLeansville along with many devoted nieces,nephews, and cousins in the Hord, Knox, and Pike families.
The family would like to thank everyone at Atria at Southpoint Walk, Durham, NC for their friendship over the past 12 years. Also a special thank you to Home Instead and their caregivers, especially Lou Brogden who has been dedicated to Mrs. Pike and given her care and friendship over the years.
There was a viewing Monday, December 28th, from 3-5 at Forbis and Dick on North Elm St. Masks were required and social distancing expected. The family was not present.
A graveside service was held on Tuesday, December 29th, 1:00 at Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church. Everyone attending was expected to social distance and wear a mask.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to The Leukemia Foundation PO Box 98018, Washington DC 20090-8018, The CARE Project a non profit organization that provides emotional support to families with children who are deaf and hard of hearing. 716 Staley Ct., Raleigh, NC and Greensboro Crisis Pregnancy Center, 625 Fulton Street Greensboro NC 27401.
Online obituary and guest register may be viewed by going to www.forbisanddick.comForbis and Dick N. Elm Chapel
is serving the family of Mrs. Pike