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Pieternella "Nettie" Lefrandt-Noble, age 74, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend, passed away peacefully Mother's Day, May 12, 2013 after a courageous eight-year battle with breast cancer.
Nettie was born February 15, 1939 in Amsterdam, Netherlands to Pieternella Van Meggelen and Cornelis Christian Slop. Her love affair with the written word led her to graduating with honors in English, working as a proofreader for the Dutch Reformed Church publications and as a librarian at the Tropical Museum.
She married Frank Cornelis Lefrandt, Sr. in Amsterdam, September 30, 1959 and was sealed in the Bern Switzerland Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They moved to America on their honeymoon and settled in Seattle, Washington to raise their four boys. Nettie became a young widow when her husband Frank died May 10, 1973 in a tragic car accident.
Through all life's hardships she, like the tulips she loved from her native Holland, bloomed where she was planted. She truly radiated gratitude and grace in every challenge that came her way.
Nettie became a U.S. citizen December 7, 1973 and found joy in working in a local antique shop. She married Cyril Henry Noble in Issaquah, Washington February 13, 1975. He devoted his life to her happiness and helping her raise her four boys. Together their hard work assisted all boys in serving LDS missions and graduating from Brigham Young University. This was accomplished as Nettie worked in the Seattle LDS Temple for 12 years and also as the temple historian. Her love of foreign languages and her mastery of many led her to also teach English as a second language (ESL) at Bellevue Community College.
She had a keen interest in art, was a skilled watercolor artist, loved poetry, plants, and collected all things important to her. Her love of music was manifested in her many years she served as a chorister wherever she lived.
Nettie is survived by Cyril H. Noble, sons Richard K. Lefrandt, Robert J. Lefrandt, daughters-in-law Joye Lefrandt (Abo), Diane Lefrandt (Christensen), brother Kees Slop, stepdaughter Sally Hash (Noble), 15 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and her beloved pet dog J.J.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Harry Slop, two sons Frank C. Lefrandt, Harold W. Lefrandt and stepson Spencer Noble.
The family would like to express their sincere appreciation for her loving and devoted friends and family who attended to her every need as well as the care she received from Alliance Hospice Specialists.
A viewing will be held Saturday, May 18, from 9:30 - 10:45 am, followed by the Funeral Service at 11:00 am at the Little Valley 3rd Ward Chapel, 2079 East 2450 South, Saint George, Utah. Graveside services will be held at Tonaquint Cemetery under the direction of Heideman-Hughes Mortuary. 435-674-5000.
Heideman Hughes Mortuary
1037 East 700 South
St. George, UT 84790
Published in The Spectrum & Daily News from May 16 to May 17, 2013