Adelaide Elizabeth Dykman (née DeVries)
June 6, 1958 – July 24, 2015
Wife of Derrick Dykman
Loved by those whose lives she touched and above all, loved by Jesus Christ, her Lord and Savior.
Adelaide Dykman was born on June 6, 1958 to Peter and Hilda DeVries in Edmonton Alberta. She married Derrick Dykman in Edmonton on July 21, 1979.
Together they had two children: Bradley Paul (1984) and Marie Ashley (1986).
The family moved to Langley, BC in 1987, then to Terrace for one year before they settled in Smithers in 1993. Here Derrick and Adelaide raised their family, together operated the Home Hardware store and were active in church, school and community life. Adelaide had a warm and fun loving nature so she made friends easily and she was quick to lend a hand when there was a need. And those who worked, walked or vacationed with Adelaide can attest that she had high speed energy. Despite difficulties in life that included 3 still born babies, two heart attacks and one knee replacement surgery, Adelaide lived her life with enthusiasm and hope because she knew that she belonged to Jesus Christ and she trusted in him to work out his plan for her life.
In September 2013 Derrick and Adelaide retired and 10 months later they moved back to Edmonton so that they could be closer to family, especially their first grandchild, Wyatt Babey. Just before their departure Adelaide was diagnosed with ALS; she succumbed to the illness on July 24, 2015 when she peacefully let go of this earthly body. She was interred at Colchester Cemetery, Sherwood Park and a Remembrance service took place at the Heartland Alliance Church.
Adelaide was pre-deceased by her mother Hilda in 1990. She is survived by: her husband, Derrick, children, Bradley & Carrie, Marie & Bryce Babey and grand-child Wyatt. Her dad Peter & step-mom Joanna DeVries, Siblings, Grace, Mike, Pearl, Theresa, and Hilda, their spouses, many nieces and nephews and all her loving family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to the ALS society would be greatly appreciated since they and in particular, Alison Waldon, the careworker, provided tremendous support for Derrick and Adelaide. It is hard to say goodbye, but as her Epitaph reads; “Soon God will wipe away every tear from their eyes and there will be no more death.” Rev. 21:4