Ellen Marie Henken

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  • "My heartfelt sympathy goes out to your entire family. ..."
  • "A wonderful grandma is smiling from heaven. I am Blessed..."
    - Shaylene Henken
  • "In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you..."
    - Wes & Shirley Assink
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Ellen Marie Henken, age 83, passed away on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. She was known for being sweet and kind and having a wonderful sense of humor. Ellen was proud of her Whatcom county heritage. She was born in Everson to Harry Bert and Lydia May (Lade) Assink on November 3, 1934. Ellen married James Henken on December 13, 1952 in Lynden and completed their family with a daughter Jackie and son Dale. Ellen was a cook for the Lynden School district for 20 years. Ellen was a member of First Reformed Church for 65 years. She enjoyed being a part of Lydia Circle, teaching Sunday school and being in charge of church banquets. Outside of church, she could be found at McDonalds having coffee with friends or volunteering for the St. Lukes Guild. Ellen was known as Grandma extraordinaire to Janelle (Hendor) Rodriguez, Ryan (Shaylene) Henken and Bret Van Lant and great grandchildren Lydia and Gabriella. Her hot cross buns were famous. Ellen is survived by her children Jackie (Bill) DeGroot and Dale (Linda) Henken, grandchildren, great grandchildren, brother Wes Assink (Shirley), sister Beverly Honcoop (Lawrence), sisters in law Marilyn Assink and Arlene Mann (Richard) and numerous nieces and nephews. Ellen is preceded in death by her parents, husband James, and brother Doyle Assink. Help us remember Ellen by joining family and friends at Monumenta Cemetery on Tuesday, August 14 at 11 a.m. followed by a 12 noon reception at Gillies Funeral Home. Memorials may be sent to Whatcom Hospice Foundation, 3001 Squalicum Pkwy Ste 11, Bellingham, WA 98225 or , P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014. A special thank you goes to the Lynden Manor staff for their love and excellent care shown to mom. You are invited to share your condolences and memories in the online guestbook at www.gilliesfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Lynden.
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Published in Bellingham Herald on Aug. 12, 2018
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