On March 24, 2022, Melba Jean Pike (nee Penney) of Freshwater, with her beautiful soul, departed her earthly home. She leaves her family with heavy hearts but gratitude for the blessing of a full life well lived.
She leaves her husband of 62 years, her soul mate and the love of her life, George Leonard Pike of Carbonear, her four children and their spouses, Keith (Gail), Penny (Job Winter), Nancy (John Payne), Fred (Kim). Also left with fond memories are her cherished grandchildren and step-grandchildren Bradlee (Danielle), Andrew (Angela), Taylor and Zachary, Cory (Shelley) and Michelle, great grandchildren and step-great grandchildren Noah, Asia, Merrin, Elsa, and Nathan.
Leaving to celebrate the special memories are her siblings, their spouses and extended family: Ray Penney (Phyllis), Fred Penney (late Ethel); sisters-in-law Mary Barrett, Joan Farnham and Joan Penney and Lillian Reid as well as a large circle of nieces, nephews, other extended family and dear friends.
Melba now joins her departed parents Fred Penney and Suzanna Elizabeth Penney, and her brother Clifford Penney (late Linda).
Mom was very devoted to her family and was selfless in caring for those she loved. From her formative years as a kindergarten teacher to lovingly raising her children and supporting her husband, she displayed a strong, quiet, patient spirit. She was community minded as reflected in her dedication to the Girl Guides which extended over fifty years in various roles, as did her involvement with the United Church Women. She was a great organizer and has devoted much care and attention to collecting mementos, family pictures and inspiring words that will leave a lasting legacy. Everything grows with love and this was displayed by Mom and Dad within the home and extended to their love of gardening and nurturing the smallest of seeds. Mom’s love of flowers, especially the pansy with its many faces, will always be a reminder of her beauty and resilience.
Dad’s caring and devotion buoyed Mom and provided both physical and emotional strength and courage in uncertain times. His constant encouragement, support, love and humour helped comfort and sustain her during her illness.
Melba and her family were grateful for the many acts of kindness received following her diagnosis. We are grateful as well for the shining stars in the healthcare system too numerous to mention; including Eastern Health staff of the Community Support Program, the Ambulatory Treatment Unit and Palliative Care including the Paramedics Providing Palliative Care Program.
Cremation has taken place. A service of thanksgiving will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to a charity of one’s choice and/or by displaying a random act of kindness to brighten another’s day.
Below are the words on one of Melba’s treasured plaques which continue to provide comfort at this time.
I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.
And he replied: Go out into the darkness and put thine hand into the Hand of God.
That shall be to thee better than light and safer than a known way.
M. Louise Haskins