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Frances Bylsma Tracy

March 14, 1925 December 28, 2018
Frances Bylsma Tracy
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Obituary for Frances Bylsma Tracy

Frances (Fran) H. (Bos) Bylsma Tracy passed peacefully into the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, December 28, 2018 at the age of 93.

Frances was born in Platte, South Dakota to Dutch immigrants Henry and Anna Marie Bos and was one of seven children. Her childhood was spent on the farm in Platte during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl era. Though her family was extremely poor, the memories of her childhood were shared by her with such fondness, valuing faith, love of family, and the strength, joy and encouragement that was drawn from each other. In her late teens, the family relocated to Sumas, Washington. There she met and married Peter Bylsma in 1947 and they had two children Ken and Nancy and eventually settled in Bellevue where she live for 42 years.

After Peter’s untimely passing a 1969, Frances was married to James Tracy three years later until his death in 2001. Frances worked as a secretary for 20 years at the Eastside Public Health department primarily in child health and retired in 1990.

Frances was full of life and loved with such courage, generosity and love for family and friends. She absolutely loved her four grandchildren who brought her so much joy and fulfillment and was delightfully present at every stage and season of their lives. The recent addition of three great grandchildren, with one more on the way in February, had furthered her joy and blessing from the Lord in her latter years.

Frances is survived by son Ken Bylsma (Dusty), daughter Nancy Benson (Paul), sister Margaret Buwalda, sister Jessie Snider, grandchildren Sydney (Nate) Saban, Kelcy (Charlie) Maier, Kevin (Kelsie) Bylsma and Kate Benson; and three great grandchildren Henley, Raegan and Brody.

A private family graveside committal with begin at 1 pm on Monday, January 7 at Monumenta Cemetery followed by a 2 pm memorial service at Gillies Funeral Home.

You are invited to share your memories and condolences in the on-line Guest Book at www.GilliesFuneralHome.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Services.


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Private Family Graveside

Monday

7

Jan

1:00 PM 1/7/2019 1:00:00 PM
Monumenta Cemetery

1980 Front Street
Lynden, WA 98264

Monumenta Cemetery
1980 Front Street Lynden 98264 WA
United States

Service

Monday

7

Jan

2:00 PM 1/7/2019 2:00:00 PM
Gillies Funeral Home

202 Front Street
Lynden, WA 98264

Gillies Funeral Home
202 Front Street Lynden 98264 WA
United States
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