Mary Ann Pike

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Charlotte- Mary Ann Pike, a longtime resident of Charlotte, NC passed away peacefully on May 4, 2018 surrounded by the love of her family. Born June 26, 1945 she was the only child of Hazel and Allen Lee Pike. A memorial service will be held at Thomas Funeral Home located at 401 N. Ennis Street, Fuquay Varina, NC on Thursday, May 24th at 1:00pm. The service will be officiated by Doug Johnson with a visitation to follow.

Mary Ann was a graduate of Goldsboro High School and Limestone College.
Following her 1967 graduation from college, Mary Ann taught early childhood education in Virginia Beach, VA. In an effort to seek a position with further outreach, Mary Ann joined the newly launched Head Start Program. She attended training around the country to report on and implement many courses to teachers on a variety of subjects; Mary Ann thrived in her profession.

With a knowledge-based desire to serve teachers, Mary Ann went on to join the Charlotte Department of Education as an early childhood teacher. Ever restless to explore new fields, she was eventually introduced to the Charlotte Council on Alcoholism where she practiced in the addiction field for 8 years. Though her profession required meeting diverse types of people, she was drawn to helping those less fortunate and underserved.

Easily bored with the mundane, Mary Ann had the ability to be animated and cheerful in most circumstances. Always interested in broadening her experiences, she ultimately joined Charlotte’s oldest and largest Soup Kitchen, Urban Ministries, as Director of the Soup Kitchen.

From the time she was in junior high school, Mary Ann loved rummaging through items in rural NC and garage sales of city folk. In her spare time, she liked nothing better than going to yard sales finding used items, old painted and broken furniture, boxes of old postcards, costume jewelry, and odd kitchen items.

Most of all, she loved refinishing anything made of wood but never for the purpose of resale. She either kept her favorites or gifted others with her handiwork.
Mary Ann leaves behind many cousins and friends to cherish her memories.

She fought so hard, but God was ready to have this sweet angel home. It is never easy to watch the one you love to suffer, but we are grateful for the time we had to say goodbye and reflect on all the positive memories.

Mary Ann loved all people and volunteered in more ways than can be listed. Her small acts of kindness went such a long way and will stay in the hearts of so many forever.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to Transitions Life Care at 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607.