October 11, 1927 – October 22, 2011
It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Betty Kempenaar, wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, and sister, aunt on Saturday, October 22, 2011, at the Bulkley Lodge, Smithers, B.C., at the age of 84.
Betty, is survived by her loving husband Henry of 59 years, her children Renne (Trevor), Alex, Sylvia (Klaus), Rita (Trevor), eight grandchildren; Brad (Erin), Todd (Petra), Tyler, Lorelei (Dustin), Shauna (Brian), Corbin (Megan), Adam and Liam and two great grandchildren Liam and Aidan, sister Richt, brothers Otto (Willy), Siebren (Agnes), sister-in-law Evelyn Koldyk, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins in Canada and Holland.
Betty was born in Britsum, Friesland, Netherlands and immigrated to Smithers, B.C. with her husband Henry in March 1952. Betty cherished her homelife, family and friends. Always making sure everyone was taken care of either by her cooking, baking, knitting and sewing talents to tending the beautiful flower gardens that her husband planted. Her warmth and beautiful smile were always present. Betty, loved and cherished her visits to her homeland and visiting family and friends.
A funeral service was held at the Bethel United Reformed Church of Smithers October 27, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. officiated by Rev. Lou Slagter, a private family graveside service was held prior to the funeral at the Smithers Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Blueberry Section in care of the Bulkley Lodge, Smithers, B.C., 3668-11th Ave, VOJ 2N0, ATTN: HOLLY KOLDYK.
Condolences may also be sent to Box 313, Smithers, B.C., V0J 2N0, ATTN: Henry Kempenaar.
Betty was predeceased by her parents Rinske and Symon Koldyk, brother John Koldyk, and brother-in-law Bonne Koopmans.
The Kempenaar family would sincerely like to thank the Bulkley Valley Lodge staff; the Blueberry Section staff for their outstanding care of Betty and especially the warmth of care during her last weeks. Also Dr. Haskins, our family and friends for their outstanding support via visits, baking, meals and flowers. Our thanks as well for Mom’s previous care by Dr. Karen Blouw and Dr. Fred Strauss. We are so fortunate to have been surrounded by so many family and friends of this community. Thank you everyone, you will never be forgotten and we are forever grateful.