Pietertje De Vries

24 May, 19236 January, 2021

Pietertje De Vries was born on May 24, 1923 and passed away on January 6, 2021 in Abbotsford, BC and is under the care of Woodlawn Funeral Home.

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Pietertje De Vries

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Simon and Gina Hoetmer

January 13, 2021

Dear de Vries family,
I (Simon) have many fond memories of our two families spending time together many years ago when you lived at Nestow. I remember us coming to Nestow and mom and Auntie Pearl would make a great big tub of oliebollen together.
For many years after we were first married we exchanged Christmas cards with your mom and dad. When we first moved to Nestow 31 years ago your parents showed up for a surprise visit while we were still building our house. We think they were driving an old green pickup truck with a canopy on the back.
The last time I saw your mom was in 2013 when I was buying a piece of equipment in Hope, BC. The transaction took longer than anticipated and I found myself with time to spare. So I looked up your mom. We had tea and cookies and a real nice visit.
We remember Auntie Pearl as a real nice lady. We know you will all miss her immensely. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Our sincere condolences,
Simon and Gina Hoetmer



Pearl deVries (nee Hoetmer) was born on May 24, 1923 in Nederhorst den Berg, the Netherlands. She met Jan deVries during the war when she was 18 and married him November 23, 1944. In May 1948, they immigrated to Canada with 3 children, having been sponsored by a Canadian farmer. They arrived in Quebec City on June 1, 1948 on a former troupe ship, the “Tabinta”. From there they travelled on to Red Deer, AB by train. Their new house was two bunk houses put together. In 1950, they moved to Blackfalds, AB where Dad worked at the Lacombe Experimental Farm. Mom was busy at home teaching her children Dutch psalms (Christian education was then already very important to her). When Anna went to school to start Grade one, Mom was busy teaching herself English by using Anna’s Reader.

Church during those days was first had in house congregations at Rocky Mountain House and other places. When Edmonton church was instituted in 1950, we went by Greyhound bus to Edmonton where a congregation member would pick us up from the bus station for church. They moved many times.
Life had many trials for Mom as an immigrant woman, doing most times without central heating (coal and wood were used to heat our home and cook the food). There was no running water—all water had to be hauled from a pump or well. Gardens were a must to supply food for the winter, which had to be canned as there was no refrigeration and as children, we often went berry picking to provide fruit for canning for the winter months, which were long on the prairies.

In 1972, Dad and Mom moved to Abbotsford, BC from Nestow, AB. The last 48 years of Mom’s life were a lot easier for her. They farmed there for many years until Dad retired. After Dad was diagnosed with cancer and passed away in 1991, Mom continued living alone at the farm until 2018. She spent many hours knitting socks and she was often seen driving her 1981 Cadillac. She was also able to do some travelling. After she sold the farm in 2018, she planned to live independently at Ted’s place but God had a different plan. She lived the last two years of her life at Bevan Lodge, where she was known as the smiling lady. The nurses loved her and cared for her very lovingly.

We remember her as our Mem and Beppe, who was thankful and gracious for all she received and prayed for all of her family regularly.