Louise Lister Pike

June 1927 ~ April 30, 2014

Louise Lister PikeOn April 30, 2014 Louise Lister Pike passed on at her home in Escondido, Calif.to be with the Lord and to join many family members and friends.

She was born in Paulina in June 1927 to Robert T. and Hazel Lister. Louise and her sister, Phyllis, helped their parents on the family’s cattle ranch in rural Central Oregon. After finishing high school, Louise continued her education and graduated from Oregon State University in 1949 where she was in the Chi Omega sorority. While studying and working in the Portland area she met the man who was to become her husband. Louise married the love of her life “Granny” (Granville) in 1951. Those who knew them saw that their relationship was very special. Theirs was a marriage in heart and spirit. Their desire was serving each other while enjoying life and supporting each other. They also shared great senses of humor which permeated their lives.

They moved to San Gabriel, Calif. early in their marriage and set up their home to start their family. Louise and Granny raised their daughter, Carol, and son, Robert (Bob), in San Gabriel. She worked in the Alhambra School District, but mostly she dedicated herself to being an exemplary, caring and loving mother and wife. A greater wife, mom, friend and co-worker could not have been found. San Gabriel was blessed when Louise came to town. She was active in her community including PTA, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Little League, and many potlucks. She was also active in bridge club and golf groups. A love for the beach developed over those years to the point that she and Granny found a great escape in 1979 - a part-time residence in San Clemente. They soon found another beautiful home in Escondido near a golf course where they relocated and wintered, and then headed to the beach for the summers. Louise continued to perfect her incredible talents for cooking (including baking the best cookies ever), entertaining and building great friendships in their new locations. Louise was active in her churches in San Gabriel, Escondido, and San Clemente.

Louise delighted in living close to Carol and they enjoyed many fabulous trips through the years including Spain, central Europe, Grand Cayman Island, Hawaii, and a Caribbean cruise. Some of their activities included spending all holidays together, attending festivals and music tribute concerts, and going to casinos to play those poker machines. With Bob living in Texas or Washington, Louise looked forward to his many business and personal trips to southern California where she happily prepared home cooked meals and sweets for him, and they shared many talks and laughs. Bob and Janine blessed Louise and Granny with granddaughters starting in 1986. Louise sure loved those granddaughters and they loved her. They enjoyed many summers together with occasional trips sprinkled through the years for various celebrations.

Friendships were an essential and valued part of Louise’s life — she had a multitude of friends who treasured their time with her. She has passed on such richness in memories, heart and spirit to all of us. Louise shared with everyone her passion for roses, her quick wit, her love of waves, sand, and sunsets that were enjoyed at the beach, and her awesome recipes (especially cookies and sweets). Her family has embraced these passions also. They will be enjoying her recipes, they will treasure her needlepoint masterpieces, they will cuddle in the warmth of her beautiful afghans, and they will cherish an exquisitely kind and gentle soul who loved life.

Louise is survived by her daughter, Carol of San Diego; son, Bob of Vancouver, Wash.; granddaughters, Rachael, Jennifer, Shannon; sister-in-law Inez; nieces, Joy and Larilu; nephews, Ken, Greg, and Bryon; step-nieces, Diane, Sharon, Linda and Pam; dear Spanish family friend Fernando and his family; and mother of her grandchildren, Janine.

The Pikes would like to thank their circle of family and friends both locally and around the world for their love, concern, and support during this difficult time. They would also like to acknowledge the wonderful and loving caregivers (from Golden Care) who helped Mom stay comfortable in her home, her physicians, the staff at Palomar Hospital in Escondido, the staff at Villa Rancho Bernardo and Casa de Las Campanas skilled nursing homes, and the staff at the Elizabeth Hospice.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. If you so desire, in lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation in memory of Louise to Alzheimer’s Association, Macular Degeneration Association, First Methodist Church of Escondido or a charity of your choice that has special meaning to you. More importantly, Louise would want you to enjoy your family, friends, and loved ones. She would want you to hug them a little more, hold them a little longer, laugh with them and find humor every day. Enjoy an M & M, cookie and/or ice cream and think fondly of Louise and your loved ones. Marvel at how blessed you are and make some great memories.

Special memories are precious gifts. The legacy Louise leaves includes:

An anchor in God and His goodness;

A shining example of the power of optimism;

A stellar role model of someone who was kind, gentle, and generous;

A consistent example of being a giver, always putting others first;

A believer in the love of friends and family as being far more important than material goods.

We have been blessed. The world has been changed in so many positive ways because of Louise. Thanks Louise! She is loved and missed.