Ann S. Pike

Passed away on October 03, 2015
Ann S. Pike, age 86, formerly of E. Orleans, died peacefully the morning of October 3rd at Liberty Commons, Chatham, surrounded by the love of her caregivers and daughters, Ann and Sarah. Ann was pre-deceased by her loving husband Frank, married 57 years. She is survived by her sisters Barbara Hollman, Carolin Waldrop, Elaine Hopkins, sister-in-law Margaret Smithson as well as her children Ann Pike-Paris of E. Orleans, Sarah Jane Pike of E. Falmouth, sons Jeffrey R Pike of Kent Island, MD and Steven M Pike of Mashpee, 9 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. She was pre-deceased by brother David Smithson.Ann was born and raised on a farm in Indiana, often regaling her family with stories of picking apples and chasing loose pigs. She graduated in 1951 from Ball State University with a Baccalaureate degree in nursing as well as in education, an unusual accomplishment at that time. After she and Frank married and moved to New York, she continued in obstetrical nursing while beginning their family. In 1956 the family of five moved to California where she and Frank continued their love of church and were part of two new Episcopal churches in La Mesa and Santa Ana. A return to the East coast found them in Bridgewater, NJ, where Ann continued her career in nursing as a school nurse, returning to school for her Masters. When she and Frank discovered Cape Cod in 1962 while visiting his brother Edward, they determined to make East Orleans their home. 1973 found them relocated and both beginning their faith life at the Church of the Holy Spirit and working for the Orleans schools. Ann worked for the Nauset schools as both teacher and school nurse, and came to know many special children. She was a voracious reader and lover of all Boston professional sports teams.Faith was a major part of Ann's life. The Church of the Holy Spirit was the Pike spiritual home in Orleans. Her time and talents were given to many roles as chair of the altar guild, president of the Episcopal Church Women, vestry member, senior warden, Lay Eucharistic Minister, and especially working with children on their faith journey towards confirmation. Working with the Episcopal ChurchWomen at the diocesan level, she took part in the creation of the first "safe house" for women on Boston's South Shore. She was often a delegate to the annual diocesan convention as well as once to the national Episcopal convention.In 2007 Ann moved to the Victorian assisted living in Chatham and maintained her love of bridge, sports and reading. In the past year she move to Liberty Common where her life was made richer by the loving, caring staff. A funeral service will be held Saturday, October 24th, 11 a.m. at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Orleans, MA. Donations may be sent to the Church of the Holy Spirit, Flower Fund in her name. The family wishes to thank the dedicated staff of the Victorian and Liberty Common. They became a second family to her and her care over the past year was truly that of dedication and love.