Brenda Kay Bennett-Pike

Brenda Kay Bennett-Pike

02/26/1955 – 06/20/2024

Lawrence, KS

Brenda was born February 26th, 1955, to Shirley Lee Hetrick and Charles Lloyd Bennett in Stillwater, Oklahoma. She had two younger siblings, Brent and Kendra, and attended school in both Beaver, OK, and Liberal, KS. She left for Manhattan, KS to attend Kansas State University and received a degree in Psychology and Sociology. From there, she moved to the Kansas City area to work as a social worker. She met Anthony (“Tony”) Roland Pike there and they were married on November 9th, 1985. They welcomed their first child, Bailey Nicole on February 3, 1987, and their second child, Kelsey Elise on December 2, 1988. 

Brenda was a talented singer, participating in many choirs throughout her life and building many friendships along the way. She had impeccable taste in music; her home was always filled with the sounds of vocal jazz. Passionate about service, Brenda volunteered in countless organizations throughout her life, often in libraries and music organizations. She also worked for many years as a paraeducator in the Piper school district in Kansas City, KS.

With Tony’s retirement in 2005, the family moved to Lawrence, Kansas. There, Brenda worked tirelessly to create a beautiful home, and was especially dedicated to developing her landscape of native plants. She received a Master Naturalist certificate from K-State in 2021. In the last several years, she began volunteering on the board of The Resilient Activist, and was an avid supporter of many other political and environmental organizations such as the ACLU, Sierra Club, The Nature Conservancy, The League of Women Voters, and World Central Kitchen. Brenda was a devoted reader and advocate of lifelong literacy; she participated in many book clubs over the years, always forming new and lasting friendships and adding books to her ever expanding library.

Brenda leaves behind her husband of 38 years, Anthony (“Tony”) Roland Pike. She was so proud of her children: daughter Bailey Pike, son-in-law Lance Jepson, daughter Kelsey Pike, son-in-law Tristan Wagner, and step-daughter Cindy Puett. Her grandchildren were her joy: Brooke, Oliver, and Parker. She is preceded in death by her parents and by her grandson, Anthony Lee Iiams. She is survived by dozens of close family and friends who will feel her loss immensely. Her wish was not to have a service, but a celebration of life will be planned for later this summer. Memorial contributions may be made to The Resilient Activist.

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7 Condolences

  1. Laura Odell on June 22, 2024 at 10:54 pm

    My heartfelt condolences to all of Brenda’s family and friends. May peace be with you all.
    I worked with Brenda as her Landscape Designer a few years ago.
    She was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about her gardens.
    I am so glad I got to know her a little thru the process of bringing her vision to life in the front yard.
    I think of her every time I drive by, and she is fondly remembered by me and the crew at Low Maintenance Landscape.
    May peace and comfort be with you all.

  2. Sandy Horvat on June 24, 2024 at 12:04 pm

    Tony, Bailey , Kelsey, and Cindy, my sincerest condolences to you and your extended families. Brenda was such a sweet person. I am sad to hear of her passing.

  3. Kathleen Bozich Overcash on June 24, 2024 at 8:09 pm

    Tony, Bailey, Kelsey and Cindy,
    I am so very sorry for your loss.
    Brenda had so many admirable accomplishments and I always enjoyed catching up whenever I saw her.
    My first memory of meeting her was at the Pike lake house when Cindy and I were in high school. She made and brought zucchini bread (which I had never had) and I ate it all. Sending all my love during this difficult transition.

  4. Vanessa Gentry on June 26, 2024 at 12:51 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss of such a beautiful woman, wife, mother, step mom, and grandmother . She was so talented and gifted in so many ways and made an impact on those she met and making the world a better place. I know she made a difference in me and will be missed. May your many memories and knowing she is at peace, comfort you in this time of deep sadness.

  5. Donna on June 27, 2024 at 5:56 pm

    Brenda was a wonderful cousin . I will miss her was so glad I saw her in May . Tony , Kelsey, Bailey and family I am praying and thinking of you.

  6. Erin Kirkland on June 29, 2024 at 9:48 pm

    Brenda was a supportive and caring friend for my mom for many years. Mom loved their friendship. Brenda made certain to visit her even when it was difficult. They had a beautiful friendship that I am grateful for. Prayers for Brenda and her entire family and friends. She will be dearly missed. I can imagine the two having a big hug in heaven ❤️

  7. Jan Jepson on July 7, 2024 at 10:35 am

    Deepest sympathies to your family. Brenda was very much loved.

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