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Gladys Pike

Gladys Mae Pike (Towne)

Monday, May 21st, 1928 - Saturday, May 2nd, 2020
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Always the life of the party, Gladys went home to Jesus surrounded by the laughter and singing of her family on May 2, 2020 from her home in East Arlington, Vermont. Gladys was born on May 21, 1928 in Granville, New York to Silas and Florence (Letcher) Towne, and moved to Arlington when she was five. She was a 1945 graduate of Arlington High School, and a 1947 graduate of Saint Joseph’s Business College in Bennington.

She was preceded in death by her daughter Darlene, her husband Casper Allen Pike, her sisters Florence Hess, Doris Cole Marciano and Francis Hayes. She is survived by sisters Lucille Holton and Evelyn Tobin, and brothers Henry (Dawn) Towne and Harry Towne. She leaves nine children - Linda (Robert) Crosby, Sam (Cindy) Pike, Betsy Duffy, Jim (Margaret) Pike, Ed (Brenda) Pike, Charlie Pike, Susan (Joe) Gervais, Jenny (Jeff) Gould, and Mike (Roberta) Pike, along with twenty-five grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. She was always a great encourager and cheerleader for her many grandchildren and loved when one of them would catch her a fresh trout for dinner. One grandchild wrote for her 75th Birthday that “Grandma was like a dessert – everyone can’t wait for it, and it’s always sweet.”

Gladys was a long-term resident of East Arlington, where she was the Postmaster for many years. She was a member of the American Legion Woman’s Auxiliary. Her home was a place of love, always having an extra dinner plate available for friends and neighbors. She was an avid reader, loved puzzles, word searches, and games. She was a long time Red Sox fan and loved her Hallmark movies. She had a great sense of humor that lives on through her children.

Gladys was a woman of faith with a great love for Jesus and the Word of God. She attended Saint Margaret Mary Church in Arlington for many years. Proverbs 31:28 - Her children arise and call her blessed.

Gladys loved Arlington and was a strong supporter of her community. Donations in her memory may be made to the Arlington Food Shelf, Helping Hand, the Arlington Rescue Squad and the Arlington Volunteer Fire Department. The family will announce when services will be held.

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DianeWillard

Posted at 10:39am
Our deepest and sincere condolences to the entire Pike family on your loss. She will be greatly missed.
Alan Hess and Diane Willard
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Trina Lampron

Posted at 01:42am
I knew Gladys at CLR when she would come in summer time. She loved praying the rosary with us and to received Jesus was very precious moment for her. I enjoyed our talks.
I believed she was one of God angel who walked on this earth to teach us. Oh what a blessing she was for us.
love and miss you,
Trina Lampron
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Patty and Ed Toth

Posted at 08:59pm
Glady was a best buddy, dear friend, mentor, and "mom" to us. She was one of the first VT "greats" we met when we moved to Sunderland back in 1987. She was still Post Mistress and we instantly feel in love with her. Glady was amazingly "present", never in a hurry, taking in life with an unshakable belief in the goodness of people and their God given common sense. She always gave a wonderful smile, humor, and full attention to whomever she was with. She made you feel special. What an amazing human being!

Having a scrabble game or a meal with her was so much fun. One time, after Patty spent sooo long trying to find a word. Upside down, Glady pointed to the obvious and said, "And you went to college?" But Patty quickly learned her tricks and even won a "couple" of games...humm, or did Glady let her? That would be Glady to make you feel good. We miss her dearly. She invited us into her home and family with the kindred friendship that goes beyond blood relations. We are grateful and humbled to have known her as a dear friend here on earth. She lives still in our hearts and memories. We hope to sit in heaven and play scrabble and laugh with her again. Until then, you will be in our dreams Glady.
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Lori Davis

Posted at 12:14pm
I was so sorry to hear of the passing of this lovely lady! I know that I will miss seeing Glady's lovely smiling face at Sam and Cindy's.
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Susan Bishop

Posted at 09:19am
Dear Family of Gladys', I am so very sorry to learn of your mother's passing. After reading her obituary, you nailed it beautifully from the first line on. I hold such fond memories of your mother, she was a special lady and so very kind to my mother and our family. I pray that with each passing day you find some small level of comfort in this old proverb: “ Say not in grief she is no more- but live in thankfulness that she was.” May you find strength and peace, Susan Bishop
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