Maryke DUYKER

Maryke DUYKER

On January 9th, 2013, Maryke Duyker went to be with her heavenly Father.

Maryke was born in Westbroek, Holland on September 4th 1918, to Johannes

and Reijertje Wateler. Maryke and Willem Duyker immigrated to Canada in

1951 with their three oldest sons, where they first lived and worked briefly on a farm in Harold, Ontario. Their time in Canada took the

family from Harold, to London

Ontario, then to Peterborough

Ontario and finally to Abbotsford, BC in 1982. Upon arriving in Canada,

leaving behind the comforts and security of family and friends in Eindhoven, Holland, Maryke worked ceaselessly to build a new life and

support her husband and family of five boys. No task was too small or menial for Maryke, and all were undertaken with diligence and commitment. She

always noticed and reached out to those who were less fortunate or somehow burdened. She was a tireless worker who gave generously of herself. Maryke was well known for giving hundreds and hundreds of flower bouquets to those who were shut in at places like Extendicare or Civic Hospital in

Peterborough, or simply to the churches or to her neighbours wherever she lived.

She became known as the “Flower Lady”, as she picked the flowers from her own

garden and those of friends and neighbours. Her sense of giving and caring for those in need lives on within all of us as core values that she

has passed onto our entire family.

Maryke was predeceased by her husband Willem and her son Hans, who both passed

away in 1996. She is survived

by her sons, Pete (Joanne, grandchildren Geoff, Sarah, and Ashley, great-grandchildren Bennett, Chase

and Ashton), Ron (grandchildren

Eli and Christina, great-grandchildren Lola, Jude, Ridley and Milo), Rob

(Laurie, grandchildren Jonathan,

David and Benjamin), Eric (Delee, grandchildren Nicola and Willem), daughter-in-law Helinda and all

of the many friends that she made over the years. Maryke had 14 siblings and

is now only survived by her older sister Lies (96) in Holland. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday April 6th, 2013 at 2:00pm in the Azalea

Room at Garden Park Tower (2825 Clearbrook Road, Abbotsford, BC). In lieu of flowers, please contribute to “Beyond Malibu – Young Life Ministries”, the important youth ministry work that was dear to

Maryke’s heart and lead by her son Rob. beyondmalibu. younglife.org


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