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Anna Henrietta Van Diest

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Anna Henrietta Van Diest, 96, of Lynden, passed away peacefully on Feb. 26, 2014 at the Christian Health Care Center. Anna was born in Lynden, WA to Frederick and Cornelia Polinder on March 2, 1917. She attended 8 years of school at Lynden Christian and then helped out on the family farm. On May 16, 1940, she married Cornelius Van Diest and they had three children: Larry (Beverly) Van Diest, Sharon (Jim) Vanderzee and Kathleen (Link) Finnson. Anna has 7 grandchildren, Darrin (Sherri) Van Diest, Dawn (Frank) Cornelius, Kristi Van Diest, Keri Sue (Bud) Ammons, Chad Vanderzee, Kasey Finnson & Taylor Finnson; 9 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-granddaughter. Anna is survived by her sister Joan Holleman; her brother, Fred, Jr. (Glenda) Polinder and sisters-in-law Lois Polinder, Grace Van Diest and Corky Vanderwall. Anna was preceded in death by her husband Cornelius in 1987; her parents, Frederick & Cornelia Polinder; brothers, Gerrit and Henry Polinder; nieces Onalee Johnson and Nancy VanderHaak; and nephews Keith Van Diest, Jack Van Diest, and Randy VanRy. Anna spent her lifetime dairying and upon retirement enjoyed working at the Christian Health Care Center. Anna was a lifetime member of the First Christian Reformed Church in Lynden and a member of the Ladies Aid and various bible studies throughout the years. She lived her life working tirelessly and serving others selflessly, consistently putting the needs of others ahead of her own. She was always generous, content in most circumstances, never talked about herself, and certainly would never draw any attention whatsoever to what she was accomplishing. Anna was intelligent, tough and always appreciated a good laugh. She was a woman with strong convictions and never backed away from a lively discussion/debate about politics or religion. She took great delight in watching (the Olympics) or listening to (London Philharmonic Choir) anyone who used their God-given talents to achieve excellence. She enjoyed playing piano, sewing, working in her flower gardens, tending to her chickens, feeding her calves, baking goodies, and babysitting grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a gracious hostess always ready to serve family and friends. No one ever left her home hungry. She was entertained by professional baseball and basketball and was a fierce supporter of the Lynden Christian "Lyncs" basketball teams throughout the years. She was pleased to be of Dutch heritage, proud to be an American, grateful to be born in Lynden never understanding why anyone would want to live anywhere else. She had deep appreciation for black and white cows grazing in green pastures, the rain, Mt. Baker, the Twin Sisters, Birch Bay, ferry rides to Victoria B.C., Butchart Gardens and Peace Arch Park. At a very early age, Anna promised Jesus, her master and her friend, that she would serve him to the end and consistently asked him to forever be near her and guide her. Anna has left a big hole in the hearts of many who were privileged to know her, but we know that her Heavenly Father has said "Well done, my good and faithful servant." In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lynden Christian Schools, 417 Lyncs Dr. or Christian Health Care Center, 855 Aaron Dr. both of Lynden, WA 98264. Visitation hours will be Friday, March 7, 4 to 7 pm at Gillies Funeral Home. Graveside services will be conducted Saturday, March 8, 10:15 am in Monumenta Cemetery followed by an 11 am memorial service at First Christian Reformed Church, 1010 Front St. in Lynden. You are invited to share your memories and condolences in the online guest book at

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Gillies Funeral Home
202 Front Street Lynden, WA 98264
(360) 354-4428
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Published in Bellingham Herald on Mar. 2, 2014
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