Maria (Rita) Kootstra
Mum passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday morning, January 16, 2012, just a few months after her 85th birthday with her entire family. She is predeceased by her loving husband Adriaan in 1992. They were married in the Netherlands and lived in South Africa, England and California before retiring in Canada. Mum is survived by her daughter, Connie (Mike) Dry and son, Philip (Ann children; Adam (Meena) and Ashley (Kenny)). Two granddaughters, Jackie (Nick) Toman and Helen Dry. The arrival of her first great grandchild will be this summer. Thank you to her wide circle of friends, neighbours and to the caring community of Avenue West for enriching her life. Sincere thanks to the Good Morning Program for faithfully telephoning her every morning for the past 18 years. “Three no trump Mum”. You were a great bridge player! May you rest in peace and rise in glory. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Vernon Funeral Home 250-542-0155. Service on Monday, January 23rd at 11 a.m., at Knox Presbyterian Church. Lunch served. 1 p.m. graveside service at Pleasant Valley Cemetery. The Rev. Dr. Edward Millin officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may kindly be made to the Good Morning Program at the People In Need Crisis Intervention Society, #103, 3402 – 27 Avenue, Vernon, BC V1T 1S1 250-545-8074.