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Stella Velthuizen

September 19, 1941 January 6, 2019
Stella Velthuizen
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Obituary for Stella Velthuizen

Stella Velthuizen, age 77, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019.

She was born Sept. 19, 1941, to Herman Velthuizen and Bertha VandeKemp in Barneveld, Holland, on her brother Tony's second birthday. Preceded by both brothers Tony and Bert the family immigrated from Holland to Sumas, Washington in 1947. The family farmed in Sumas, Pleasant Valley (on the Kickerville Road) then purchased the farm on the Van Dyk Road in Everson, where all three children grew up. When they arrived in America, no one spoke English. They learned as they lived, and fully embraced becoming American citizens, learning the language, and living the American Dream.

Stella maintained her Dutch heritage and spoke the language. She attended Lynden Christian School, graduating from 8th grade. She purchased her first home in Ferndale then later moved into a new home in Dutch Haven where she lived for over 30 years. Prior to retirement she worked in janitorial services for Intalco for many years and Lynden Family Medicine.

Stella loved to knit, crochet and sew. Her favorite hobby was garage sales. She and her late mother shopped sales every weekend for many years collecting all sorts of trinkets; gardening and cook books were favorites. Stella was part of a neighborhood coffee group. These became her closest and dearest friends, and they will sorely miss her presence and wit.

Stellas smile warmed you like the sun. She always had a cheerful greeting for everyone. If she did not like what you said you were certain to hear from her before you went to bed. She opened her heart and door for those of us fortunate to call her friend or family for her there was no difference. Our morning coffee, our birthday dinners, and all our gatherings will be missing her. The stories she leaves behind will continue to make us to smile.

Stella is survived by her sisters-in-law, Lois Velthuizen of Lynden and Joan Velthuizen of Abbotsford; nieces and nephews, Randy Velthuizen of Everson, Renee (Sid) Nix of Lynden, Rhonda (Lonnie) Rouse of Lynden, and Ben (Tiffany) Velthuizen of Salt Spring Island, BC; also survived by extended family members and her dear friends.

There will be a graveside gathering at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Monumenta Cemetery, Lynden, followed by coffee and cookies at her niece's home at 109 Ninth Street in Lynden.

You are invited to share your condolences and memories in the online guestbook at Arrangements are entrusted to Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Lynden.

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2:00 PM 1/19/2019 2:00:00 PM
Monumenta Cemetery

1980 Front Street
Lynden, WA 98264

followed by coffee and cookies at her niece’s home at 109 9th St. Lynden

Monumenta Cemetery
1980 Front Street Lynden 98264 WA
United States

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