Kathryn M. (Koetje) Dyksterhuis, of Lynden, went home to her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at the age of 95. Born February 3, 1918 in McBain, Michigan, she was the seventh of nine children born to Cornelius and Hattie (Rollink) Koetje. Her family moved to Whidbey Island when she was an infant and then to Whatcom County where she graduated from Lynden High School at the age of 16. As a young woman, Kathryn worked at Rehoboth Mission in New Mexico prior to her marriage to John Dyksterhuis on May 30, 1943 in Sumas. Together they dairy farmed in the Sumas area for a number of years. She was a member of Sumas Christian Reformed Church. Kay had many hobbies; but her favorites were sewing, flower arranging and gardening. She also enjoyed writing?letters, articles, family history?baking for special occasions; going for hikes in the hills; loved socializing with friends & family...always ready to go! Bible studies, church fellowship and group singing were dear to her heart. Preceded in death by her husband John in 2002; three sons, David, Jack and Tom Dyksterhuis; two brothers and five sisters; Kathryn is survived by children Janice (Dick) Westhoff of Blaine, Lois (Lee) Handy of Everson, Dale Dyksterhuis of Sumas and Vonnie Dyksterhuis of Ferndale and daughter-in-law Patsy Dyksterhuis of Everson; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren-one more due in June; sister, Marion Kamphouse of Lynden and sister-in-law Millie Dyksterhuis of Ft. St. John, B.C. and many nieces & nephews. The family would like to thank the nursing staff at Meadow Greens and Peace Health Medical Center for the care they gave our mother. A memorial funeral service will be held Wed. May 29, 2:00 pm at the Sumas Christian Reformed Church. Graveside services will precede at 1:00 pm in Monumenta Cemetery. Kathryn's family suggests memorials to: The Lighthouse Mission, Elevator Fund, P. O. Box 548, Bellingham, WA 98227. You are invited to share your memories and condolences in the online guest book at www.gilliesfuneralhome.com.
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Published in Bellingham Herald from May 23 to May 26, 2013