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Sandra "Sandy" (Easterly) Pike, of Bethesda, MD, born on July 24, 1938 in Spokane, WA, to the late Agnes and Emmett Easterly, passed away at age 79 on May 29, 2018 in Bethesda, MD. Sandy attended Washington State University, where she joined the Phi Pi sorority, and received her degree in microbiology. She served as a research scientist at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research until retiring in 1999. Sandra was married to Gerald Dewane Pike earlier in her life and they remained close friends. She then spent close to 40 years in a loving relationship with Jason Norris. She is survived by her sons, Eric (Pam) Pike and Arne Pike; daughters, Kathy (Greg) Lamb and Kari (Bill) Barrett; grandchildren, Sean (Sara) Vanatta, Alison (Justin) Lamb, Kevin Pike, Brian Pike, Sarah Pike, Elizabeth Barrett, Mary-Kate Barrett, Colleen Barrett, Chandler Pike, and Tucker Pike; and great-grandchildren, Penelope Lamb, Justin Lamb, Jr., and Elliott Vanatta. All of whom will miss her terribly.
Throughout her life, Sandy enjoyed reading, gardening, traveling, hiking, classical music, spending time at the beach, and visiting with friends and family. She was a member of and tireless volunteer at many organizations including the Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, the Montgomery County Public Library, Strathmore Cultural Arts Center, and the Round House Theater. Sandy received many volunteer awards, including the President’s Volunteer Service Award, for her volunteer efforts. She took pride in being independent and was a strong proponent of individual rights and freedoms. She was a person that many sought as a source of advice, strength and love.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Sandy’s name to the Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church at www.cedarlane.org.
Family will receive friends to celebrate Sandy’s life on Saturday, July 7 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, 9601 Cedar Ln, Bethesda, MD, 20814. A reception will follow.
“So, Mother-my-Love, let me take your dear hand, and away through the starlight we’ll wander. Away through the mist to the beautiful land, The Dreamland that’s waiting out yonder.” —Eugene Field.