Lena Johanna deVOS deRIJK

Lena Johanna

Lena deVos passed away Tuesday, December 5, at 91 years of age, after a long illness. She was born in Amsterdam on December 29, 1914 the second of seven children. Lena worked very hard at a young age and after her father died she provided for her entire family.

When Lena married Jan deVos on May 25, 1950 they both had children from their previous marri­ages. July 11 of the same year they immigrated to Canada taking Lena’s children along. The settled in Abbotsford and soon had three more children together while they carved out a life dairy farming. In 1969 they settled in Deep Creek.

Lena was a faithful servant of God and an active church member. She loved animals, playing cards and was a gifted knitter.

Lena was predeceased by her husband Jan in 1996, but is survived by their loving children: Elly (Jan) Poort, Frans deVos, Jane (Lou) Pugh, Lena (Fred) Simonson, Joe (Judy) Smoes, John deVos, Herb (Rommie) deVos and Marie (Dan) ­vanDalfsen. To her 26 grand­children and 16 great grand­children, Nana will be remembered as a squirrel and bird tamer with mixed Dutch-English speech and Freshie in the fridge.

We, her family, would like to thank the staff at Oakside Manor for taking such good care of her, especially this last year.

A ceremony of celebration and remembrance was held December 9. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Bowers Funeral Home.

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