Mary Lee Dike
Mary Lee Dike, 92, of Las Vegas, passed away peacefully at home, on October 3, 2021, with her Daughter and Son-In-Law by her side. She was born February 23, 1929, in Norfolk, VA, the daughter of Lottie Mae (Williams) and Stanley Hodges.
Her childhood was spent in Virginia, moving to Illinois as a Navy wife. Her time in Springfield and Rochester, IL, was spent raising her four children in addition to working as a floral designer, a school bus driver and a telephone operator for Illinois Bell. She belonged to The Rebekah’s, Order of the IOOF, holding the highest position. She was very active in her church, Rochester Christian Church, as a member of the Willing Workers and Chairperson for Vacation Bible School. She was also a member of American Business Women’s Association (ABWA), holding various positions.
Her last 50 plus years was spent in Las Vegas, where she worked at Centel Telephone Company as a Supervisor of Directory Assistance, retiring in 1991. During her retirement she loved taking day trips, doing her daily crossword puzzles, reading her books (no kindle/electronics for her) and watching Jeopardy and knowing many of the answers. Mary’s home was always open to everyone, as she was accepting of all and truly cared for people and most of all her loved ones. She was known as the oracle by many, if you needed advice and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
She is preceded in death by her mother, father, as well as her son Russell Dana Dike and her numerous pets. She is survived by her daughter, Jean D. Oyler-Pahigiannis (Nikonas), Michael Dike Sr. (Kathy), Vicki Veseling Dike (Dana) and Dean Dike (Connie). She’s also survived by her Grand-children, Christopher Dike Oyler (Lindsey), Michelle Eggleston Diaz, Valerie Dugger (Shawn), Dana Edward Dike (Christa), Tyler Gillis (Kendra), Matthew Dike (Candice), Shawn Smith (Martha), nephew Douglas Whitfield, and numerous Great-Grandchildren, Great-Great Grandchildren and close friends spread out across the United States and England.
She developed a close relationship with her caregivers, Gabriela Ramos and May Bell Jenkins. Also a special thank you to her ProCare Hospice (at home) team that helped us care for her: Stephanie, Young Mi, Angie and Coleen, to mention a few. As per Mary’s wishes, there will be no services and her remains will be returned to her beloved Northern Neck of Virginia where her ashes will be scattered. A gathering to celebrate her life will be determined at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to Meals on Wheels (Catholic Charities), or your favorite charity.
Dearest Jean and Nikona,
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. The loss of ones mother runs deep and never heals, but the memories and love you shared will last forever. We hope to see you both soon. With love. Eleni, Robert and Andrew Footer