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Shirley Scholten

December 25, 1929 August 31, 2019
Shirley Scholten
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Shirley Mae Scholten went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, August 31, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. She was known for her kind, faithful and selfless ways.

Shirley was born on Christmas Day, December 25, 1929 to William and Gertrude (Verrips) Gorzeman in their 17th Street home in Lynden. She was second of three children. At the age of 3 Shirley’s family moved to Santa Ana, CA. She grew up on an orange ranch and attended grades 1st through 12th in Tustin. As a teenager Shirley attended two years at Tustin Junior College of Business while cleaning houses.

Bill and some friends went on a road trip to California and were told to visit the Gorzemans. After many letters were written to each other, Shirley moved back to Lynden in 1949. Shirley and William “Bill” Scholten were married on April 17, 1950 at First Christian Reformed Church and stayed as faithful members until their passing. In 1955 they purchased the dairy farm where they raised their family. Shirley and Bill won many milk quality awards from Darigold, and were members of the Whatcom Dairymen’s Association. Shirley could name all 65 cows and calves on the farm.

Shirley was an avid reader of her Bible and could have used a library to store all her books. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, and gardening. She loved being a farmer’s wife and tenderly cared for her children and all animals. Shirley was the best advocate their handicapped son could have had. She rose to the challenge and was successful.

Shirley is preceded in death by husband Bill, son Steven, infant daughter Beverly, brother Eugene Gorzeman, brothers in law John Scholten, Evert (Hilda) Scholten, and Bastian (Judy) Scholten; and sister in law Gertrude (Herman) Heeringa.

Shirley will be greatly missed by daughter Joan and son-in-law Dale Allen from Lynden; grandchildren Heather (Thomas) Caterson of Bellevue, Rhys (Ming) Platt of Ballard, and Kelleigh (Ryan) Anderson of S. Lake Tahoe; great-grandchildren Ava, Ella, Sofia, Lillie and Marlowe; sister Beverly Timmer, sister in law Maggie Scholten and over the years 32 nieces and nephews.

You are invited to join family and friends for visitation on Monday, September 9, 2019 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Gillies Funeral Home. Then 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, September 10th will be Shirley's graveside committal at Monumenta Cemetery followed by an 11 a.m. memorial service at First Christian Reformed Church in Lynden. Memorials are suggested to Lynden Christian Schools, 515 Dayton St., Lynden, WA 98264.

The family wishes to thank Annette (Shirley’s other daughter) who cared for and loved mom dearly. Also the tenderness of Dr. Patterson’s office and Whatcom Hospice House during this difficult time. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Services


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Visitation

Monday

9

Sep

4:00 PM 9/9/2019 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 9/9/2019 7:00:00 PM
Gillies Funeral Home

202 Front Street
Lynden, WA 98264

Gillies Funeral Home
202 Front Street Lynden 98264 WA
United States

Graveside

Tuesday

10

Sep

10:15 AM 9/10/2019 10:15:00 AM
Monumenta Cemetery

1980 Front Street
Lynden, WA 98264

Monumenta Cemetery
1980 Front Street Lynden 98264 WA
United States

Service

Tuesday

10

Sep

11:00 AM 9/10/2019 11:00:00 AM
First Christian Reformed Church

1010 Front Street
Lynden, WA 98264

First Christian Reformed Church
1010 Front Street Lynden 98264 WA
United States
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