Durham News: Obituaries

Louise Mary Holland Bick

She Done the Best She KnowedLouise passed at home peacefully surrounded by family and friends. Born Olin, North Carolina November 28, 1920Preceded in death by her parents Flake Holland and Alice Myers Holland, the father of her children, John Bick, sisters Ruth Morton and Christine Madison, brother Jake Holland and her daughter Julia Bick.Survived by sister, Lib Westmoreland and husband Jim, Kernersville NC, her eight children- Linda Mundle, Davidson NC, John (Skip) Bick, Beverly MA, Thomas Bick, Chapel Hill NC, Pat Bik, Helena MT, Barbara Bick, Durham NC, Elizabeth Bik-Blackmon and her husband Joe Blackmon, Sandia Park NM , David Samuel Bick and his wife Carolyn, Rochester NY, Alice Knott and her husband Jesse, Winston-Salem NC, 13 perfect grandchildren and 3 terrific great-grandchildren.Graduated Union Grove High School, NC 1936 (at 15 years old)Graduated Appalachian State Teachers College 1940 (at 19 years old)Albemarle High School, English teacher 1940 -1941. Referring to her students, she said, “They were the demons in the mix and deviltry was their mission”.Graduated Richmond Professional Institute of William and Mary 1942 as a physical therapist.U.S. Army WWII. March 1943 thru Dec 1945 - 64th General Hospital organized by LSU Medical School : Ferryville, Tunisia; Maddaloni, Leghorn (Ardenza) and Pratolino, Italy. Louise would laugh telling stories about how this good Southern Baptist girl learned to dance, drink, smoke and kiss in about two days. The photo was taken just days after the war ended. Louise is hitchhiking out of Leghorn to travel up through Italy and throughout Europe before being shipped stateside.After the war, Louise cared for patients in in Trenton, NJ, Boston MA, So. Hamilton, MA and Wilkes County, NC, She retired in 1982 and moved to DurhamLicensed Stock Broker ("Mr. Louis Bick"-there were very few women brokers in the early '60’s).School Committee Member and Co-Chair, Hamilton, MALouise took up golf when she was pregnant with her sixth child. She enjoyed golf beyond measure and treasured the fine people she played with throughout the United States. Louise was active in Women’s Golf Associations in both MA and NC.First Flight Tournament Champion - Holds many Women’s club records to this dayBest club tournament card thrill: Wenham GC shot a 62 /10 under parShot an 82 at 82 years-old at Occoneechee GCLouise was also an avid reader, inventor, tomato-grower, watercolorist, writer and poet , fabulous cook, and funnier than all-get-outAfter she retired and moved to Durham, Louise volunteered at the Nearly New Shoppe. She cherished the friendship and purpose shared among the great gals at the Nearly New."I'll be back for the 25 cent rack" Louise requested no formal services. She asked to return home to Olin to be with Mr. Flake and Miss Alice. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Nearly New Shoppe (2424 Erwin Rd, Durham, NC 27705) Durham Library Foundation (P.O. Box 3809 Durham, NC 27702)