On Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, Lucy Pake passed peacefully, surrounded by her loving husband, adored children and cherished grandchildren. Lucy always had such a loving spirit and an unending energy that her family thought could never end. Though her friends and family wished her to stay, Death called her home. Lucy’s favorite poet Emily Dickinson, who she lovingly coined “Cousin” Emily, penned, “Because I could not stop for Death, he kindly stopped for me.”
Lucy was born on June 2, 1948, to Junius and Gladys Scoggin of Bassett, Virginia. After leaving home to attend East Carolina University, she caught the eye of Chris Pake in June of 1967, who became her husband in August. Lucy’s sarcastic wit, sharp intellect and fun-loving spirit made her an excellent teacher. She spread her joy for the English language and literature at ECU and Campbell University.
A large family was Lucy’s biggest dream, and she was blessed with four children. The children and their friends have fond memories with “Big Chris” and “Lucy Love.” As a testament to her example, all four of her children chose careers in education. She is survived by Leighann (Anthony), Daryn (Tim), Scott (Emily) and Spencer (Shannon).
Though she was an awesome mom, she was an even prouder grandmother. She adored her 10 grandchildren and loved to cheer at sporting events. She attended her fair share of dance recitals. Her grandchildren are Savannah, Tristan, Meghan, Cayden, Trey, Elli, Morgan, Anna Brey, Henley and Hayley.
Lucy was a loving wife, caring mother and doting grandmother, but she still had room in her heart for her fur babies. She loved her dogs and cats, and they were more than pets — they were FAMILY!
Her hobbies included reading, completing crossword puzzles, cross-stitching and sun-bathing. She loved the sand beneath her toes, the river gently rocking her boat and the peaceful quiet of her backyard pool. The words to Buffett’s “A Pirate Looks at 40” spoke to her soul, and will bring comfort to her loved ones.
“Mother, Mother Ocean, I have heard you call
Wanted to sail upon your waters since I was three feet tall …
And in your belly you hold the treasures few have ever seen
Most of them dream, most of them dream.”
Lucy did so much more than dream. She lived!
The family will receive friends and family at the family home in Washington and at the Old Ford Church of Christ Family Life Center from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Humane Society of Beaufort County at 252-946-1591 or the Beaufort County Animal Shelter at 252-946-4517.
You may share a memory with the family by visiting www.josephpaulfdl.com.
Joseph B. Paul Jr. Funeral Director Licensee of Washington is serving the Pake family.