January 23, 1930 – February 6, 2023
With gratitude for her long life and deep sadness, we say goodbye to our Mom; born in Goutam, Friesland, Holland. Fay with her parents and siblings arrived in Canada in 1953, in Gander, Newfoundland followed by a long train ride to Prince George where Fay supported the family working as a Nurse at Prince George Hospital.
In 1954 she moved to Abbotsford where she worked at MSA Hospital. Fay met her husband Tommy of 65 years in Abbotsford, she was a Nurse, Homemaker and partner with Tommy in their Dairy farming, livestock buying, selling and exporting business.
Fay wore many hats, from sewing and knitting, as a member of the Upper Sumas Women’s Institute, to supporting her girls in their flower shop and bridal shop to driving tractor and milking cows.
In their younger days Fay and Tommy enjoyed their Sumas Prairie community, where they often gathered for an impromptu kitchen party or a Saturday night dance, to break up their life of hard work. Even a quick drive to the Thompson River in the pouring rain for a day of Salmon fishing was welcome respite from the farm.
When they could get away Fay loved to travel including Europe, Fiji, Australia, Panama Canal, Mexico -many wonderful destinations and memories to recall in their sunset years. Fay’s humour and sense of mischief will be long remembered by all who loved her.
Fay was predeceased by her brother John and her daughter Susie and is survived by her husband Tommy, children Gerri (Doug) Cindy, Allen Tom, Trevor and Jeffrey.
Grandchildren Matthew (Janelle), Carly, Curtis (Kristen), Ted (Julie), Alexis (Bruce). Great-Grandchildren Ember, Charlotte, Easton, Ava, Ella, Amelia, Eleanor and Allen.
She will also be missed by her sister Shirley, Nephew Bobby (Char) Sisters-in-law Grace, Jelske and the Holland and Matsqui cousins.
The family wishes to thank the staff of The Mayfair for their kindness and care of Mom over the past 5 months.
A Memorial service will be held on Friday February 24, 2023 at 1pm at Cascade Community Church 35190 Delair Rd., Abbotsford.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to your favourite charity or the BC Children’s Hospital. Online condolences may be sent to the family at: www.wiebeandjeskefh.com
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