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KOOYMAN; Maria Thecla (Mary/Marie). Aug. 28, 1923 - Nov. 5, 2013. Embraced by a lot of love Mary peacefully left us to enter her final resting place in heaven. Mary was a loving wife, an amazing mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Her best quality was her ability to love that showed in everything she did. Mary was born in Leeuwarderadeel, Netherlands. In 1952 she immigrated to Canada with her husband John where they established a dairy farm and blueberry farm in Matsqui Prairie. In 1980 they moved into Abbotsford where on Bellevue Crescent people always admired her beautiful flowerbeds that she would plant every year. Mary also enjoyed playing regular card games with family and friends. Mary had a very kind and gentle heart which was especially evident with children. Survived by her sons Ted (Ria), Willy (Debbie), Marty (Allie), daughters Margaret (Rob) and Mariann (Rick), 16 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren and other family members in Holland and predeceased by her beloved husband John (2012) and son Martinus (1960). The Kooyman family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Cottage Pavilion and Dr. Douglas Henderson for the amazing care that they have all provided. A prayer Service will be held Thursday, November 14 at 7:00 pm and a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, November 15 at 10:30 am, all to be held at St. Ann's Roman Catholic Church, 33333 Mayfair Avenue, Abbotsford. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Abbotsford Canuck Place.

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