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Mary Ellen Hamstra

April 26, 1939 October 21, 2019
Mary Ellen Hamstra
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Obituary for Mary Ellen Hamstra

Mary Ellen Hamstra, of Lynden, met her Lord and Savior on Monday, October 21, 2019. She lived a life of strong faith, had a gentle spirit and was deeply devoted to her family.

Mary Ellen was born on April 26, 1939 in Yakima, Washington to parents Virgil and Adrie (Vander Houwen) Cobb. When Mary Ellen was just five years old the family moved to Lynden in order to provide a Christian education for the children.

Mary Ellen met Ken Hamstra when they were children playing on the porch together. They later married on October 23, 1959 in Lynden. On Wednesday October 23, 2019, Mary Ellen and Ken would be celebrating 60 years of marriage.

Mary Ellen worked in the banking industry until late 1960 when she left to stay home and raise her family. She was devoted to her husband and her children and enjoyed family roadtrips. Her two favorite places were the ocean, capturing the beauty and serenity of the waves, and Yakima to pick fruit. She was passionate about the beauty of the first snow fall.

She loved singing and listening to music, baking, and crocheting afghan’s for her children and grandchildren. Mary Ellen was very loving, selfless and patient. In her later years she struggled with pain and always had a good spirit about her.

Mary Ellen is preceded in death by her parents Virgil and Adrie Cobb and brother Robert Cobb.

She is will be greatly missed by her husband Kenneth, children David (Jacquie Scott) Hamstra, Kaylene Schiller, Susan (David) Burri, and Michael Hamstra; grandchildren Eric Schiller, Alex (Allison) Schiller, and Addison Schiller; and step grandchildren Sarah Bouchereau, Brendan Scott, Alexander Scott, and Michelle Scott. She is survived by brother John (Hattie) Cobb, sister Lena Marie (Mick) VanderGriend, and sisters in law Henrietta Cobb and Gayle (Robert) DeGroot.

You are invited to Mary Ellen's graveside committal at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Monumenta cemetery followed by an 11 a.m. memorial service at Second Christian Reformed Church in Lynden.

Memorials are suggested to Lynden Christian High School Music Dept., 417 Lyncs Dr., Lynden, WA 98264. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Services.


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Graveside

Saturday

26

Oct

10:15 AM 10/26/2019 10:15:00 AM
Monumenta Cemetery

1980 Front Street
Lynden, WA 98264

Monumenta Cemetery
1980 Front Street Lynden 98264 WA
United States

Service

Saturday

26

Oct

11:00 AM 10/26/2019 11:00:00 AM
Second Christian Reformed Church

710 Front Street
Lynden, WA 98264

Second Christian Reformed Church
710 Front Street Lynden 98264 WA
United States
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