Lou Ellen Pike Cude, 79, of West Orange, passed away on May 26, 2017, at Altus Garden Hospice in Beaumont. The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Minister James Strickland of West Orange Church of Christ. Burial will follow at Orange Forest Lawn Cemetery in West Orange. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.Born in Orange, Texas, on June 5, 1937, she was the daughter of Talmage Pike and Beatrice McKinley Pike. Lou was member of the West Orange Church of Christ. She enjoyed her flower garden and reading. She also liked helping out family and her fellow church members. She took pride in get-togethers and spending quality time with her family; her granddaughter especially. Lou will be greatly missed by those who knew and love her. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her brothers, Talmage Pike, Jr. and Wayne Pike. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Elmer F. “Bill” Cude, Jr.; her children, Carrie Lang of Newark, Texas and Douglas Cude of Orange, Texas; her granddaughter, Elizabeth Kaye Maxwell and her husband Bryant of Briar, Texas; and her sister, Constance Pike of Orange Texas.

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