After a long struggle with Alzheimer’s, Willemijntje (Mien) Van Nes was called home on July 7. 2004.

Willemijntje Balkhof was born in Ridderkerk, the Netherlands on August 14, 1923 to Hendrik and Lientje Balkhof. She was the seventh child in a family of 11 children. Mien married Willem Van Nes on December 14, 1948 and immigrated to Canada with two children June of 1951, eventually settling in Abbotsford. In a few short years, three more children joined the family.

Mien is survived by one brother and two sisters in Holland. She will be missed by her five children, their spouses, 15 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Mien was an active member of the Christian Reformed Community, keeping busy with the Women’s Circle of the Christian school. Her interests involved sewing, knitting and needle arts. Taking an interest in fiber arts, she became a member of the Wheel and Loom.

In lieu of flowers, your donation in Mien’s name to the Alzheimer’s Society would be gratefully appreciated.

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