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Originally published: 2014-02-03 10:11:13
Last modified: 2014-02-03 10:11:59

Dorothy Hulick Bengel

Dorothy "Pedie" Hulick Bengel, 75, died Jan. 30, 2014, at Beacon Place Hospice of Greensboro following a stroke.

A celebration of her life is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 2105 West Market St. The Revs. B.J. Owens and Bob Hamilton will be the celebrants. Her ashes will be interred in the church's urn garden, and the family will receive friends in the Parish Hall following the service.

Pedie was born July 16, 1938, in Raleigh. She attended school there, where she met lifelong friend Stuart Burroughs of Chapel Hill in the sixth grade. She graduated from Broughton High School in 1956, then from St. Mary's Junior College in Raleigh in 1958. Pedie was one of the early graduates of the physical therapy program at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she met another lifelong friend and fellow physical therapist Becky York of Greensboro.

Physical therapy was Pedie's true calling, and during her career she ministered to children and adults in schools, offices and hospitals in the Carolinas, retiring from home health at Home Care of Central Carolina, now Advanced Home Care. She and her husband of 25 years, Tony Bengel, sang in the St. Andrew's Choir and in the Choral Society of Greensboro for many years, and in retirement have spent many happy days at their Mill Ridge mountain home near Boone.

In addition to her husband, Pedie is survived by daughter Christine Shore Thompson of Boone, a neonatal intensive care nurse, and her sons K.R. and Henry; son, David Shore of Holly Springs, his wife, Karen, and sons, Carter and Ian; stepdaughter, Anna Bengel and husband, Joshua Green, of Durham; brother Henry "Hank" Hulick III, his wife, Mimi, and son, Hank Hulick IV, of Rhode Island.

Her life was enriched by cousins Bill Davis, Carol Thayer, Farnsworth Gurr, Haydn Davis, Jeb Davis, John Russ, Kit Mercer, and Beebe Lee of Inman, S.C., who became like a sister to Pedie during many summers at Devotion in the North Carolina mountains, in Raleigh, and at the beach.

Pedie forged many friendships over the years, including ties to Wilma Weidman, Carolyn Henderson, Kathy and John Hill, Nancy and Steve Rizzuto, and Sandra Koritz.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dorothy "Dot" Richardson Davis and Henry Hulick Jr. of Raleigh.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Pedie's honor to a charity of the donor's choice.

The family is being served by Forbis & Dick's West Friendly Avenue Chapel.

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