Mary Matherne "Granny" Pike
August 19, 1928  -  August 30, 2015

Mary Matherne "Granny" Pike

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Resthaven Funeral Home
11817 Jefferson Highway
Baton Rouge, LA  70816
Wednesday, September 02, 2015
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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St. Alphonsus Catholic Church
14040 Greenwell Springs Road
Greenwell Springs, LA  70739
Thursday, September 03, 2015
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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St. Alphonsus Catholic Church
14040 Greenwell Springs
Greenwell Springs, LA  70739
Thursday, September 03, 2015
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Resthaven Gardens of Memory
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Baton Rouge, LA  70816
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Mary Matherne Pike, 87, a resident of Denham Springs, passed away on August 30, 2015.
Our precious Mother, who lived her life in service to countless people, is with Jesus now. She departed this world in peace and left a legacy of love behind.

Visitation at Resthaven Gardens of Memory and Funeral Home, Wednesday night, September 2, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., with visitation resuming at 10:00 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church presided by Rev. Michael Moroney and burial at Resthaven on Jefferson Highway.

She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Sandy and Don Nijoka; five sons and four daughters-in-law, Richie and Muriel Pike, Phil and Debbie Pike, Craig and Teddie Pike, Steve Pike and Stephanie Skinner-Pike, and Rodney Pike. She left behind 25 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren; sister, Glory Montz; and brother and sister-in-law, Louis and Jessie Matherne; and numerous relatives and friends.

She was proceeded in death by her beloved husband, Malvin Pike of 55 years; granddaughter, Amber Pike; great-grandson, Braden Babin; parents, Louis and Seraphine Martin Matherne; and siblings, Floyd, Claude, Ned, Alton, Joseph,Virginia Anne, Irene Keller, Dorothy “Dot” Roussel, and Florette “Flo” Nickens.

Pallbearers will be her five sons and one son-in-law.

Our loving “Granny” was well known for her homemade Christmas candies, elaborate wedding cakes, handmade jewelry and greeting cards, floral arrangements and china painting. She generously gave of herself by cooking, kissing, and wholeheartedly loving. She was an active volunteer at the schools we attended and served as PTA president for several terms and a member of Pelican Relic and Recovery metal detecting club.

The family would like to thank her long-term care givers, Lisa Rodney, Betty Lege, the wonderful staff at House of Grace and New Century Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in her name to New Century Hospice or House of Grace in Denham Springs or Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area.

Family and friends may sign the online guest book or leave a personal note to the family at


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  1. Alton Matherne Jr

    Daphne and I are so sad at the loss of Aunt Mary, such a wonderful personality, full of love, with a smile, a wink, a hug,,, and never an unkind word. She was talented beyond belief in every hobby she attempted and there were many. Out of the entire family she was always one of the Top 4 and we will miss her sparkling personality at future family visits. Our condolences to the immediate family, you were so blessed to have a Mom (and Grandmother) like her, a rare and precious jewel. Much loved in life, forever missed......

  2. Robbie Shedlof
    Baton Rouge, LA

    I am so sorry for your families loss. I met Mrs. Mary through some stamping friends when she lived in Azaela Lakes. I visited with her several times and we would borrow each other's stamps. Such a sweet lady. She would tell me about her family and her husbands military time. When I went to the museum in New Orleans, I made a point to find his name there. I am so sorry I loss touch with her after she moved to Denham Springs. My prayers are with your family.

    Robbie Shedlof

  3. Roxanne Atkinson
    Greenwell Springs, LA

    Dear Family,

    Mary was a very special lady. Her kindness, sweet spirit and loving ways will long be remembered by me. She adopted me as one of her own while she was taking aerobic classes from me and would include me when she had lunch with the special women in her life. She made me a basket that I still hold dear. She encouraged me with her words and her hugs. She made a difference in my life. Thank you for sharing her with me. I am in prayer for Father's arms to wrap around you so that you feel His presence whenever you need it.
    I love you all,

  4. Patricia A.
    Hammond, LA

    My deepest sympathy to the family. I know there are no words to ease the pain of losing someone so loved and close to your hearts. The pain and grief can be intense. May you draw close to God in prayer, He is there to help you through this time. He also assures us that He will wipe all tears from our eyes and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. ( Revelation 21:4)

  5. Michelle Temple
    Denham Springs, LA

    Mrs. Sandy,

    Thank you for allowing me to take part in your mom's care. She was truly a sweetheart and a blessing. She always had the sweetest smile for me and made me remember why I became a nurse. She and my Grandma Frances Smith will be up there watching over us and have a good old time. May God be with you and your family at this time and the days to come.

    With Sympathy,
    Michelle Temple, LPN

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