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40440 Tantalus Rd
Box 99
Garibaldi Highlands, BC V0N 1T0
Phone: 604-898-5121
Fax: 604-898-4460
Elizabeth Hinkema

Betty Hinkema

Wednesday, June 4th, 1947 - Thursday, February 6th, 2020
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Suddenly on February 6, 2020 Betty (Elizabeth) Jane Hinkema née Martens passed away.

Lovingly remembered by her husband of almost 47 years Jan; daughters Dana (Alan), Allys (Brent) and her grandchildren Alicia, Melanie, Luke, Sam and Hunter. Her sister Connie (John) Peters, nieces and nephews, many cousins and special friends.

She was predeceased by her parents Frank and Helen Martens; her parents-in-law Gerrit and Hendrikje Hinkema; her brother- in-law Hein Hinkema and sister-in-law Marie Hinkema

Betty was born in Winkler, Manitoba on June 4, 1947. She grew up and attended school in the small prairie village of Lowe Farm, Manitoba. Growing up in Lowe Farm Betty spent her childhood surrounded by her grandparents, aunts, uncles and many cousins. After graduating high school Betty moved to Winnipeg and attended nursing school at St. Boniface Hospital. She made many life-long friends at Nursing School.

Shortly after completing her nursing diploma she moved to Red Lake, Ontario where she worked for a year. After purchasing her dream car, a 1969 Chevelle, she made a big move and came to Vancouver, BC. She first worked at Vancouver General Hospital and then moved to St. Paul. While working at St. Paul Hospital in Vancouver she met Jan Hinkema.

Jan and Betty were married in Squamish, B.C. on April 28, 1973. They celebrated their wedding surrounded by family and friends from across Canada and Holland. Three years into their marriage they welcomed their first daughter Dana and then three years later they had Allys.

Betty started working at Squamish General Hospital in 1973. She loved her work and the people she worked with. She moved to Hilltop House for the last years of her career before retiring in 2007.

Jan and Betty spent a lot of time camping and traveling across Canada and around the world. Betty loved to plan and organise their holidays from start to finish.

Betty’s greatest joy were her grandchildren. She loved spoiling them with her time and attention.

A memorial service and reception will be held at the Squamish Funeral Chapel on Friday, February 21 at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations may be made in Betty’s name to the Squamish Hospice Society. www.squamishhospice.com
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Service Details

  • Service

    Friday, February 21st, 2020 | 2:00pm
    When
    Friday, February 21st, 2020 2:00pm
    Location
    Squamish Funeral Chapel & Crematorium Ltd.
    Address
    40440 Tantalus Road Box 99
    SQUAMISH, BC V0N 1T0
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  • Reception

    Friday, February 21st, 2020 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    When
    Friday, February 21st, 2020 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Location
    Squamish Funeral Chapel & Crematorium Ltd.
    Address
    40440 Tantalus Road Box 99
    SQUAMISH, BC V0N 1T0
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Karen Westwood

Posted at 01:04am
Jan & family. I worked with Betty for many years at Hilltop. She was always a happy kind & reliable nurse. She will be greatly missed. Karen Westwood
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Love Merelyn, Colin, Keith and Linda.

Posted at 08:51am
We feel your loss ; know our love will be with you today. Betty was special.She will be sadly missed by many. Take care.
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Margaret June Adjey

Posted at 01:36pm
Betty, you were 'among the best.'
Jan, I remember when Betty braved a snow-storm on the Squamish highway to keep a date with you in the early days of your romance. That is now much you meant to her.
I feel stunned by her death and realize it must be a thousand times worse for you.
Take care of yourself,
June A.
CG

Caroline Geddes

Posted at 09:23pm
Jan, Scott and I are so sorry for your loss although we just met a couple of years ago we so enjoyed our trips to Mexico when we were there with you and Betty, she had such a kind heart and welcomed us with open arms.

Sending you a big hug.

Scott and Caroline Geddes
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Love and Prayers from Uncle Lawrence, Aunt Susie a

Posted at 04:56pm
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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