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H.M. Patterson & Son-Oglethorpe Hill Chapel

4550 Peachtree Road Ne, Atlanta, GA

OBITUARY

Mary Elizabeth Fike

October 2, 1919December 5, 2017

FIKE, Mary Elizabeth (nee Newman), passed away peacefully at age 98 in her home surrounded by those she loved. She is survived by her son, William (Bill), daughter-in-law Jean Fike-Chin and grandson John (Jack), all of Atlanta. She was born on October 2nd, 1919, in Waco Georgia, to Oscar William Newman and Freida (Entriken) Newman. To the end of her long life she had happy memories of growing up in Haralson County, where her father and brothers hunted quail and she rode horses “as often as not, without a saddle”. She worked for many years in management at the Hubbard Pants Company of Bremen, Georgia. In 1956 she married Elwyn (Ed) Fike of Atlanta and they moved in the Tuxedo Apartments at the corner of Roswell and Habersham Roads. Her only child, her son Bill, was born the next year, and in 1962 the family moved into the home she and Ed had built on Jett Road, near Chastain Park. She would live there for the next 41 years, raising their son and running the house. She was very active at The Lovett School during Bill’s 12 years there, and once he was older she became the office manager for Ed’s company, The Atlas Engineering and Manufacturing Company. After Bill left home, she and Ed traveled extensively, both across North America, from the Artic to Panama, and overseas, with numerous trips to Europe and Asia. One memorable trip was a month spent in China in 1983. Ireland and the Philippines were favorite destinations, and they made a number of trips to both countries. A number of Christmases were spent in England during Bill’s years at university there, and later she and Ed took frequent trips to Montana and Wyoming where Bill worked for many years. She enjoyed hiking, horseback riding, and even took up cross country skiing in her early 70s in Wyoming. Ed died in 1999, and in 2003 she began dividing her time between the cabin she and Ed built on Lake Burton and the home of Bill’s family on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Over the next 10 years she spent more and more time on Bainbridge, and in 2005 she built a small house beside the home of Bill’s family there. She was as active on Bainbridge as she had been in Atlanta, quilting at Port Madison Lutheran Church, volunteering at the Senior Center until she was over 90, and driving her grandson Jack to school until he was in Fifth grade and she was 93. In 2013 Bill and his family moved to Atlanta and she moved back here full time. Her last visit to Bainbridge Island was in March 2016, at age 96. After getting off the plane from the long flight back across the country she announced “I think that is the last time I need to fly”, and her subsequent travel was limited to frequent drives to Lake Burton and occasional trips back to Haralson County. In her last years in Atlanta she was still active; attending Lifespan Academy, based at Trinity Presbyterian Church, and quilting on Mondays with the group at her church, Redeemer Lutheran on Peachtree Street. A lifelong walker, she was walking daily until a few months before her death; a lifelong optimist, she was still cheerful on the morning of her death. Generous and loving throughout her life, her last words to her family beside her: “I love you”. A memorial service will be held Friday, December 16, 2017, 1:00 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Atlanta. The family will receive guests one hour prior to the service at 12:00 p.m.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, December 15, 2017

  • Memorial Service

    Friday, December 15, 2017

Memories

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Ida Quintero

February 27, 2018

I am from Panama, I knew Mrs. Fike during my High School years at Brenau Academy(1982), Mrs. Mary Fike and her husband were so kind to me and my family, we will never forget their visit to our country. Our thoughts and prayers for her family. She will live in our memories always.

SW

December 8, 2017

May the God of all comfort strengthen the family during this time of deep sorrow. Those who pass on, God keeps in his memory because they are precious in his eyes. My sincerest condolences. (Psalms 116:15)

William Fike

December 8, 2017

This is Bill Fike; thanks for your kind words. I would like to let everyone know that due to the Winter Storm we're having Mom's service has been rescheduled to Friday December 15th at 1 pm; visitation from Noon to 1, reception to follow.

Greg and Louise Van Damm

December 8, 2017

A very unique woman on many levels, Mary is reunited with her lifetime loving husband, Ed, who passed away much too soon. She never remarried, because no one could have taken Ed's place. Mary had a wonderful sense of humor, a contagious laugh, and could speak with authority on a host of subjects. Her stories would be punctuated with, "Let me just tell you one thing," and the conversation would expand. Mary was kind, open, and sharing. She loved her son, daughter-in-law, and grandson, who returned her love with their own kindness. She will be missed.

Steve Walton

December 7, 2017

Mary was an amazing role model even in her 90s! From the first moment I spoke to her, I just knew she was like a favorite aunt. What a privilege it was to be a companion and care giver in her later years. It was so much fun driving her throughout this fast-paced city of 7+ million people as she shared her observations of our modern age. How rare that was! Love her and will miss her!

Robie and Bill Fisch

December 7, 2017

We will treasure the memories of our years of friendship with Mary and Ed. Mary was truly one of a kind. We will miss her. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY