Carolyn Gore Pike

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Former Anchorage resident Carolyn J. Gore Pike, 49, died Dec. 10, 2009, at home in Silverton, Ore.

A memorial service will be held in Cantwell at a later date.

She was born Nov. 13, 1960, in Oklahoma City, Okla. She moved with her family to Alaska in 1964.

She attended Woodland Park Elementary, Romig Junior High and graduated at West Anchorage High in 1979. She excelled in track and field all during her academic years. She was listed in Who's Who in American Schools and honored as Most Valuable Runner, WCIC All Star Team and Athlete of the Year. In 1980, she held the record in the Alaska Nordstrom Women's Run.

Carrying on her ambitions for sports and teaching, she studied at Oregon State University and graduated from Linfield College in 1984, obtaining her bachelor's degree in secondary physical education. One professor said, "She was among the finest that we have from Linfield."

Her dream was to be an educator in health and coaching.

She married in 1984 and raised two sons. Working hard all her life in various aspects including owning her own business for many years, in the end she was a caregiver for many people in Silverton. Keeping her goals alive she encouraged many people and had a big heart of gold. We promise to keep her spirit alive and carry on her legacy.

She is survived by her father, Bruce Kenneth Gore; brothers and spouses, Bruce M. and Marie Gore of Cantwell; Jim H. and Tammy Gore of Anchorage, Jesse Gore of California; sister and spouse, Debbie and George Blanchard of Cantwell; sons, Luke and Kenneth Pike; fiance, Steve Qualey and his sons, Travis, Colby and Wyatt, all of Oregon.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her mother, Pauline Gore; and her brother, Wayne Gore.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from Jan. 9 to Jan. 10, 2010