Joyce BEUKENS

Joyce BEUKENS

Joyce Alida (Muller) Beukens passed peacefully into the presence of her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, on Friday, January 16, 2015 after a brief illness. A determined, vibrant and courageous woman is safely at home in heaven where her soul belongs. Joyce was born on February 3, 1929 in Edmonton, Alberta. She was the oldest of eight children. She is predeceased by her first husband, Adrian Kool, and by her second husband Jim Beukens in 2009. Joyce is survived by her six children: Leonard Kool, Debbie (Wayne) Clegg, Alida Kool, Dawn (Jim) Tenhoeve, Kim (Brian) Van Dorp, Kelly (Ross) Siemens, her seven stepchildren: Robert (Gwen) Beukens, Chris (Dave) De Jong, Gert (Graham) Hanson, Janita (Phil) Minderhoud, Geoff Beukens, Helinda (Bill) Vanderkooi, Jason (Rose) Beukens, 40 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. She is also survived by siblings: Edna (Art) May, Ken (Shirley) Muller, Russell Muller, Larry (Ciska) Muller, and sister-in-law Barb Muller, as well as many nieces, nephews and dear friends. Joyce grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, and moved to Vancouver in 1947. Her children were born in Richmond and Vancouver. Joyce and her growing family (Adrian and her six children) moved to the Abbotsford area in 1970. Joyce faced many disappointments and challenges in her life but her trust in God and her vibrant, determined personality carried her through these ‘valleys’ with dignity and courage. By God’s grace she met and married Jim Beukens, her soul mate. Together they lived their dream of dairy farming on beautiful Sumas Prairie, along the Sumas River at the foot of Sumas Mountain. Jim passed away in 2009 and Joyce continued living on their farm until her illness this past December. Joyce lived a full and eventful life. She had many friends of all ages from the different activities she was involved in. She loved nature, animals, gardening, fashion and oil painting. She also loved a variety of great music. You could often hear her whistling in her house or in her garden. She was larger than life and will be deeply missed by all. The family would like to thank the staff at ARHCC for their kindness and care during her illness these past two weeks, especially the care she received on the palliative care floor. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held on Saturday, January 24, 2015, at 1:00 pm at Living Hope Christian Reformed Church, 34631 Old Clayburn Road, Abbotsford, BC. Please no flowers. Donations may be made to ‘The World Food Grains Bank’.


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