Claudia Faye Pine

September 13, 1941 - November 20, 2023
Claudia Faye Pine

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Claudia Faye Pine (nee Graham), 82, of Leland, North Carolina, passed away on November 20, 2023, surrounded by her loving family.  She was born on September 13, 1941 in Iowa to Claude and Jean Graham.

Claudia had an adventurous life, starting with her move to Washington, D.C. after completing Business School in Nebraska.  She dedicated her professional career to public service, working as a secretary at the CIA, where she received a special commendation from President John F. Kennedy for her work during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and later as the secretary to the Director of Special Education for Charles County Public Schools.  Claudia’s dedication to her work was matched by her love for her family.  She paused her career to stay at home to raise her children, creating fond memories of summers spent in the garden and swimming in the river.

A true lover of nature, Claudia had a green thumb and was known for her thriving gardens.  Her passion for gardening led her to become a Master Gardener when she and her husband, Bob, retired to North Carolina in 2004.  Claudia cherished her role as ‘Gooma’ and ‘Bahna’ to her five granddaughters, Katie, Shelby, Olivia, Juliana, and Makena.

In her free time, Claudia enjoyed gardening, playing computer solitaire, playing dominoes with her granddaughters, and viewing YouTube videos that she discovered during the pandemic.  She was a generous hostess and loved hosting gatherings with friends and family.  She was also a very loyal friend who could be counted on when times were tough, especially for warm meals delivered with love.

Claudia was an active member of Zion United Methodist Church in Leland, North Carolina, where she helped coordinate communion services.  Her faith was an important part of her life, and she found solace and community within her church.

Claudia is survived by her husband of 62 years, Robert “Bob” Pine, and their children: Missy (Dee) Alexander of Mechanicsville, Maryland, Susan (Dave) Novais of Rochester, New York, and Robert “Butch” (Pam) Pine of Roanoke, Texas, as well as her brothers, Jim (Linda) Graham, of Modesto, California, and John Graham of Des Plaines, Illinois.  She was predeceased in death by her parents, Claude and Jean Graham, and her son-in-law, William “Dee” Alexander.

A Celebration of Claudia’s Life will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2024, beginning at 11:00 a.m., at Zion United Methodist Church, located at 6864 Zion Church Road NE, Leland, North Carolina.  Family and friends are invited to attend and honor Claudia’s remarkable life.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Wilmington Funeral & Cremation – Leland Chapel.  Please leave condolence messages for Claudia’s family on her Tribute Wall at www.wilmingtoncares.com

 




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The funeral will take place on January 6, 2024 at 11:00 AM at Zion United Methodist Church (6864 Zion Church Rd NE, Leland, NC 28451)

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  • January 11, 2024
    Mickey & Gary Best says:
    Mr. Pine, Gary and I are very sorry to hear of Claudia’s passing. We both enjoyed talking to her when we were neighbours. She will be missed by many! You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • January 06, 2024
    John Graham says:
    I love you sis.

  • January 05, 2024
    Sandi Burch says:
    Claudia was one of a kind. A genuinely nice person always. Her friendship with my parents was how I got to know her, but considered her a friend. My thoughts and prayers are with the family

  • January 05, 2024
    Judy vivian says:
    Keith and I are so sorry for your loss. Claudia was a good friend and a gracious hostess. She will be missed.

  • December 31, 2023
    Steve Palmer says:
    R.I.P. Claudia. I loved spending time with Claudia when my mother came to the Carolinas for a visit. Always good catching up on my cousins and watching her and my mom act like school girls. She will be sorely missed by all but is home. I can imagine her and Gloria picking up where they left off.