Rena Etta Hamming

16 January, 19379 September, 2021

With heavy hearts we announce the passing of our dear mother, Rena Hamming (nee: Elzinga) on September 9 2021. Our mother will be lovingly remembered by: Irene Hamming, Peter Hamming and Linda (John) Massey.

Also mourning her passing are her grandchildren, Serena (Justin) Hazel, Rebecca (David) Barclay, Virginia (Kevin) Triplett, Nathan (Ali) VanKampen, Peter Karel Hamming, and Lukas Wu as well as her great-grandchildren Kaleb, Asher, Gideon, Avery, and Austin. Also left to cherish her memories are her brother, Harold (Marcelle) Elzinga and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Our mother is now rejoicing in heaven with her daughter Hilda Grace, her husband Peter, son in law Larry VanKampen, and siblings Sylvia Marcus, Lawrence Elzinga and Thea Kwantes.

Mom was born in Zuidwolde, Drenthe of the Netherlands on January 16, 1937. She emigrated to Canada in 1952. In 1954 she met Peter in Pitt Meadows, BC and they were married in 1958. They were blessed with twin daughters Hilda Grace and Irene Theresa as well as son Peter and 3rd daughter Linda Grace.

Mom and Dad started dairying in Pitt Meadows in 1962 and after 6 years they purchased a dairy farm in Lumby, BC and then moved in 1989 after they purchased a ranch in Monte Creek, BC. As well, Rena loved her work as a Realtor in both Lumby and Kamloops from 1978 to about 1990. Mom enjoyed her last years at Berwick on the Park and made numerous friends there.

One of mom’s greatest joys in life was her unwavering faith in Jesus. Mom was the matriarch of her family and will be dearly missed.

Celebration of Life will be held Sept 24th, 2021 by invitation only. The service will be livestreamed. The link is: with a password of 341801004651.

Memorial Donations may be made in the name of Rena Hamming to either Royal Inland Hospital Foundation or Sunnybrae Bible Camp.



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Johan Van Zwol

27 October 2021

In 1992 I spend 3 months on the farm in Monte Creek. Rena helped me to learn English very well. I went with them to church, this helped me a lot in my walk with the Lord Jesus. I enjoyed Canada a lot, I miss you all Peter, Rena and the children and grand children. Looking forward to the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Then the believers will meet each other again but I am sure, we will only look upon Jesus❤️


8 October 2021

My condolences to all of Rena's family.
My memories are of her teen years when she and the Elzinga family became our neighbours on their farm across from ours at the end of Ford Road In Pitt Meadows.
I remember the very large wooden crate that had carried so many things from Holland. I recall the sturdy black Dutch bicycles and traditional home decorations. It was exciting to see how delighted they were in adapting to their new country, especially when they got their first car, a prewar model. Rena's mother Hilda had me teach her the English words for items around the house. She always had baked treats and in summer let me pick a few juicy yellow plums after I brought the mail from the corner.
Rena often came over to our place sometimes helping my mother or sharing stories. We got a television in 1956 and she was excited to come over and watch Elvis on the Ed Sullivan Show. The Elzingas were slow to warm up to the idea of getting a tv. When they eventually did, Hilda became very fond of afternoon soap operas. My brother Stan remembers going to Elzingas to watch "The Wizard of Oz" on their tv as ours was broken (a common thing in those days of tubed tvs). My sister Joyce and I remember as 5 and 7 year olds going to Thea's wedding. We sang and acted out "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" for everyone.
I was aware long ago that Rena and Peter had moved to the interior. I live in Kamloops and was lucky to find Rena's write up in our local paper. Reading it brought back so many happy childhood memories of teenaged Rena and all the Elzingas. I have shared the obit with my siblings. I am sorry for your loss.
John Dittrich

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