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Bernadine J. Pike 2/18/30 – 2/18/20

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I have a couple of stories for my new Nice on the ‘Net series but I just wanted to pause and take a moment to reflect on my wife’s mother, Bernadine Pike, who passed away on her birthday in 2020. She was well-loved and well-liked by anyone who met her. Kids of all ages would go to her for hugs and love. Even though she was pretty frail, when she heard that our youngest daughter almost died in childbirth there was nothing going to stop her from flying with us to be with her. Fiercely loyal to family, especially family that took a little time to spend with her, blood relative or not, she would do anything in her power to help somebody. Sometimes the best help she could offer was one of her hugs.

She viewed the world with wide-eyed wonder and every time a great-grandchild would bring her a wildflower you would think by her reaction that she had never before seen a dandelion and that it was the most beautiful flower she had ever seen. She was sincere about that because she understood the love and thoughtfulness that was behind the gesture.

She was a good listener and she paid close attention to what was said. Her tears with you or her laughter with you were real.

She loved puns and jokes and we often did some version of the old “Shirley” routine from Airplane. “Could you fill up my water bottle?” “Surely, I’ll do it right away.” “How many years have you known me? My name’s not Shirley.”

Anyone who knew her liked her and loved her and she is greatly missed.


29 responses to “Bernadine J. Pike 2/18/30 – 2/18/20”

  1. Brothers Campfire Avatar

    Well spoken.

    1. Herb Avatar

      Thank you very much.

  2. Beverly Avatar

    Yes, Grandma Pike was a tremendous blessing to us all. Great tribute. We miss her dearly.

    1. Herb Avatar

      Yes ma’am, thank you.

  3. AJMcGregor Avatar

    Your mother-in-law sounds like exactly the kind of person we all should be. I can understand why you miss her. This was a lovely post, Herb.

    1. Herb Avatar

      Thank you.

  4. issababycreates Avatar

    She sounds wonderful! Reminds me of my granny who passed away in 1995. I still remember her clear as day.

    1. Herb Avatar

      Thank you. They make a big impact on a lot of lives.

  5. kristianw84 Avatar

    What a lovely tribute. It sounds like she was a beautiful sorry. I am sorry for your loss.

    1. Herb Avatar

      She was great and the exact opposite of the basic mother-in-law stereotype.

  6. Iseult Murphy Avatar

    What a beautiful woman and what a loving tribute to her.

    1. Herb Avatar

      She really was.

  7. dumbestblogger Avatar

    She sounds like a fantastic person.

    1. Herb Avatar

      She was.

  8. haoyando Avatar

    Oh, on the same day. I can’t believe this. May her live a great life in heaven…

    1. Herb Avatar

      Thank you.

  9. Amber Hahn Avatar
    Amber Hahn

    That was good

    1. Herb Avatar

      Thank you.

  10. Garfield Hug Avatar

    Good tribute to honor a lovely person Herb!

    1. Herb Avatar

      Thank you.

  11. Garfield Hug Avatar

    Most welcome Herb. Have a good weekend ahead.

  12. MichaelStephenWills Avatar

    Many great people died on their birthday. Glad to have known your Mother-in-law through your writing, Herb.

    1. Herb Avatar

      Thank you.

  13. Sarah Angleton Avatar

    What lovely words. Your mother-in-law reminds me of my mother-in-law, who we lost about a year and a half ago.

    1. Herb Avatar

      Thanks. She was much loved.

  14. Tangie Avatar

    Your love and the love of her family are well seen in your words. This is very thoughtful of you to share with us the wonderful characteristics of your mother-in-love.

    1. Herb Avatar

      Thank you so much.

  15. J P Avatar

    There are not enough people like your late mother in law in this world. What a blessing it must have been to know her. We should all appreciate the special people in our lives more than we do.

    1. Herb Avatar

      THat is very true.

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