CONRAN - Sheila Louise Riddick Pikey, 58, died unexpectedly Jan. 20, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.
Born Feb. 2, 1944, in Hayward, daughter of Douglas and Margie Tanner Riddick of Portageville, she was a graduate of Stephens College in Columbia and Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Portageville, the church choir and the United Methodist Women's organization.
In addition to working in the New Madrid County Collector's Office for many years, she had been a supervisor for Plastene Supply in Portageville, Stanford Research Institute and was a licensed insurance and real estate agent. She had taught school throughout the county and worked with young students in the Boys and Girls Club. Her positive attitude and willingness to help made her a very popular teacher and mentor for her students.
Mrs. Pikey worked tirelessly in many capacities in her community and state. She was co-chairman of the New Madrid County Red Cross for many years and was appointed by Missouri Gov. John Ashcroft as a member of the New Madrid County Drug Task Force. She served as chairman of the Veterans Day and Memorial Day ceremonies at the Portageville Cemetery, was committeewoman for the LaFont Township, president of the Jean Carnahan Democratic Women's Club, co-founder and lifetime member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority. Also a student recruiter/liaison for Central Methodist College and Stephens College, she was a follow-through appointee for Portageville and was active in the New Madrid Country Club Women's Golf Association. She also volunteered her services for many disaster relief endeavors throughout the state.
She was devoted to all of her family and was an involved grandmother and cherished her seven grandchildren.
On Dec. 6, 1963, she married Charles Samuel Pikey who survives of the home.
Survivors in addition to her husband and parents include: three sons and two daughters-in-law, Charles Samuel "Pap" Pikey of Conran, Brent Douglas and Becky Pikey of Marston and John Stacey and Stacy Cook Pikey of Portageville; one sister and brother-in-law, Derenda "Rendy" Riddick and D. Cannon of Memphis, Tenn.; seven grandchildren, Gage Pikey, Brent "B.J." Pikey Jr., Brady Pikey, Sarah Pikey, Abbie Pikey, Sydney Pikey and Drew Pikey; and a special friend, Yogi Briggs of Portageville.
Visitation begins at 5 p.m. today at DeLisle Funeral Home in Portageville.
A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church in Portageville with the Rev. George Braden and the Rev. Ed Rhodes officiating.
Burial will follow in the Portageville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be sent to:
the First United Methodist Church 110 E. Fifth St. Portageville, Mo. 63873
the American Red Cross 2430 Myra St. Cape Girardeau, Mo. 63701