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Vivian "Jean" Bode

May 13, 1924 May 3, 2019
Vivian "Jean" Bode
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Vivian “Jean” Bode entered her eternal home on May 3, 2019. Jean was born on May 13, 1924 in Bellingham to Melvin and Evelyn Christoferson. After her Mother passed away, at the age of 5, Jean was adopted by her loving Grandparents, Mert and Lottie Riddle. Jean was graduated from Meridian High School and Bellingham Business College.

Jean married the love of her life, Tuenis Bode, in San Diego CA, April 28, 1945. They moved back to Lynden and began raising their family. She was a longtime member of Third Christian Reformed Church in Lynden. She enjoyed playing piano, singing as a soloist and in choirs. Jean was an “Avon lady” for 43 years. She and Tuny enjoyed square dancing and family activities.

“My song will silence never, I’ll worship Him forever, and praise Him for His glorious love.”

Jean is survived by her children; Ron (Janie-Lou), Gary (Gloria), Duane (Bette), and Sandra Kirner (Lyle Bell). She was blessed with 15 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and 1 great, great-grandchild. Also surviving is her sister-in-law, Peg Thorinson and other extended family members.

Preceding her in death was her husband, Tuenis, infant daughter, Evelyn, daughter-in-law, Pat Bode, her parents, grandparents and siblings.

A private graveside service was held on Tuesday, May 7 in Monumenta Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will be held 2 p.m. on Friday, May 17, 2019 at Third Christian Reformed Church, 514 Liberty St., Lynden. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Gillies Funeral Home, Lynden, WA.

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2:00 PM 5/17/2019 2:00:00 PM
Third Christian Reformed Church

514 Liberty St
Lynden, WA 98264

Third Christian Reformed Church
514 Liberty St Lynden 98264 WA
United States

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Monumenta Cemetery Final Resting Place

1980 Front Street
Lynden, WA 98264

1980 Front Street Lynden 98264 WA
United States

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