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Dorothy May Pike, 85, of Salisbury, Massachusetts, passed away December 12, 2017, from a head injury sustained in a fall. Dorothy was born in Amesbury, MA on May 15, 1932 to John R. and Florence E. Tilbury. She was a graduate of Amesbury High School, class of 1952. Upon graduation she married and built the family home in Salisbury where she raised her three daughters.

Her devotion to her family and her firm faith in the Lord brought her true happiness. She was an active member of the Market Street Baptist Church, Amesbury, MA. and also attended Hampton Falls Baptist Church where she loved to harmonize to all the old hymns. She shared her gift of hospitality by sending cards and letters to family and friends, and taught her daughters that it is all in the details when hosting celebrations.

Dorothy enjoyed square dancing, coloring with friends at the Salisbury Senior Center and puttering around the yard and playing cards and games with family and friends. Along with her former husband, Charles E. Pike, she owned and operated Pikes Camping Area, but her favorite place to be was at Grammies Beach in Salisbury with her daughters and grandchildren.

Dorothy is survived by her three daughters and their families, her pride and joy: Shari Lee Twomey and son, Keegan of Hampton Falls, NH; Caryn Lee Perley, husband Jim and children Bryan and Erin of Hadley, MA; and Tara Lee Swist, husband Ken and children Robert, Dylan, Danielle, George and Michael of Raymond, NH; as well as her big brother, John R. Tilbury, Jr. and Terri, her sister-in-law Marilyn Tilbury and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her infant son J. Darren Pike and her brothers Donald E. Tilbury and James Bradshaw.

The family will receive friends and family on Sunday, December 17, 2017, 2:00 4:00 PM at the Highland Chapel of Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Avenue, Amesbury, MA. A funeral to celebrate her life will be held on Monday, December 18, 2017 at 10:00 am at Market Street Baptist Church, 37 Market Street Amesbury MA. At Dorothys request please wear a touch of pink, her favorite color. Burial will follow at Mt. Prospect Cemetery, Amesbury. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Market Street Baptist Church or Salisbury Public Library, 17 Elm Street Salisbury, MA.
Published on December 13, 2017
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