Stella m. Velthuizen

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Stella Velthuizen was born 09-19-1941, to Herman Velthuizen aBerthaVandeKemp in Barneveld, Holland. She was born on her brother Tony's second birthday. Preceded by both brothers Tony and Bert The family immigrated from Holland to Sumas, Washington in 1947The family farmed in Sumas, Pleasant Valley (on the Kickerville Road) then purchased the farm on the Van Dyk Road in Everson, where all three children grew up. When they arrived in America, no one spoke English.They learned as they lived, and fully embraced becoming American citizens, learning the language, and living the American Dream. Stella maintained her Dutch heritage and spoke the language. Attended Lynden Christian School, graduated 8th grade. Purchased first home in Ferndale later moving into new home in Dutch Haven where she lived for over 30 years. Prior to retirement from janitoral services for Intalco many years and Lynden Family Medecine. Stella loved to knit,crochet also sewing. Her favorite hobby was garage sales.She and her late Mother shopped sales every weekend for many years collecting all sorts of trinkets, gardning and cook books were favorites. Stella was part of a neighborhood coffee group. These became her closest and dearest friends, and they will sorely miss her presence and wit. Stella is survived by her sisters-in-law, Lois Velthuizen (Lynden) and Joan Velthuizen(Abbotsford), and nieces and nephews, Randy Velthuizen of Everson, Renee (Sid) Nixof Lynden, Rhonda (Lonnie) Rouse of Lynden, and Ben (Tiffany) Velthuizen of SaltSpring Island, BC. She is also survived by extended family members and her dearfriends.There will be a graveside gathering Saturday, January 19, 2019, at 2:00 pm at Monumenta Cemetary, Lynden, followed by coffee and cookies at her niece's home at109 9 th Street, Lynden.
Published in Bellingham Herald on Jan. 13, 2019