Maria (Marie, Mary) de Vos
Dochter van Willem De Vos en Willempje (Willemtje, Winnie) Van Roekel, geboren 20-6-1872 NL Ede , overleden 22-4-1931 USA WA Lynden en begraven Monumental Cemetery
Trouwt Jitze (Jacob) VanderMey, zoon van Thomas Harmens VanderMey en Fetje Jans Posthumus, geboren 25-8-1875 NL Westdongeradeel Holwerd , overleden 12-3-1948 USA CA Los Angeles en begraven USA WA Lynden Monumental Cemetery
Minnie Vandermay VanWeerdhuizen, age 96 of Lynden, died on Nov. 20, 2003. Graveside services will be at 2 PM Tues., Nov. 25, 2003 at Monumenta Cemetery followed by funeral services at 3 PM in the Hope in Christ Church, Sunset and James St., Bellingham with Pastor William VandenBos.
Minnie, the fourth child of Jacob and Mary Vandermay was born in New Era, Michigan on January 6, 1907. In 1913 the family, now with six children, moved west, living briefly in Churchill, Montana before moving to Lynden for two years, then moving to a farm in Pleasant Valley, near Custer, where a seventh child was born. In 1917 the family moved to California, living at various locations in the Afton, Ripon and Modesto areas where Minnie's father worked as a farm laborer and her older siblings in canneries. In 1920 when Minnie was thirteen years old, the family, financially destitute, moved back to Lynden.
When Minnie was around sixteen, she acquired a job as a domestic for the Hadley family in Bellingham, a job she held for fifteen years. In 1937, while still living and working at the Hadleys, Minnie attended beauty school. After completing school she gained employment at the National Beauty Salon and Barber Shop. Minnie purchased the business in 1939 and continued to work as a beautician owner-manager until her retirement in 1969.
Minnie was a member and very active in the Bellingham Christian Reformed Church from its earliest beginnings until her marriage in 1980. She was especially active in supporting the Sunday school, bringing carloads of children and taking them home. Memorable too was her organization and participation in church dinners and the skits she organized and acted in at those gatherings. Minnie would usually come to worship services with one or two acquaintances and friends who needed a church home. Many were lonely and in financial need, a condition Minnie understood. To these, she opened her heart and house, her church and purse. Many were encouraged to begin again.
In 1980 Minnie, now 73, married Phil VanWeerdhuizen. Phil and Minnie lived in Sumas, Burlington, and finally in Lynden. They enjoyed entertaining friends, traveling and church activities. Phil preceded her in death in 2002.
As nephews and nieces, we remember Aunt Minnie as an exuberant, devoted aunt. When we were little children she played games with us, hugged us and gave us birthday and Christmas gifts. Aunt Minnie was famous for her Christmas parties. She loved us. As adults we remember her hospitality and her continued service to others. Aunt Minnie will be remembered as a person who lived out the words of Jesus, "Even as you have done it unto one of the least of these, you have done it unto me".
Minnie was preceded in death by her parents, husband, & by her sisters Winnie Rutgers, Fanny Slotemaker & brothers Tom, John, Herman, & William. Memorials may be made to Hope in Christ Church.
The services and arrangements are under the direction of The Jerns Funeral Chapel & On-Site Crematorium.