Marie Wassink, a resident of Houston B.C. since 1950, passed away on October 9, 2008 in Vancouver, B.C.

Marie was born to Francis and Carolina Lieuwen on December 9, 1922 in Andijk, Netherlands. She was the eldest in a family of eleven children.

In 1950 the Lieuwen family immigrated to Canada and settled on a farm on the Buck Flats road. Two years later Marie married Joe Wassink and lived in a small cabin at Mud Lake where Joe operated a sawmill. In the years that followed they moved to sixth street and operated another sawmill at Erickson Lake and later the Houston Home Service station. Throughout those years the family was blessed with 3 children, Frank, Carla and Carl but tragically Carla was lost in a sad accident in 1959.

In 1965 Marie and Joe parted ways and she and her boys spent a short time in Alberta, before relocating to Terrace, B.C. They spent the next 7 years there before coming back to Houston which she always called “home!”

Marie loved being involved in whatever organization, that she was able, to benefit others. Much of her involvement was with her church family which she loved and was a major part of her life. Through many causes she was able to contribute her talents of knitting, sewing and crocheting to the good of helping others.

Marie loved her time with her loving brothers and sisters, her two children, eight grand children, five great-grand children, her church family, “terrific trio” of Mina, Wilma & her, her Cottonwood Manor family, including Flo, Diane, Mary, and her many caretakers. Marie was also always thankful for Mary-Ann who was always there for her.

Now we live with beautiful memories of Mom, Grandma, Great-Grandma and friend and are comforted that she is out of discomfort and safe in the arms of Jesus.

We also give our thanks to Dr. Woedstra for his many caring home visits with Mom, the Ambulance crew, Smithers and St. Paul hospitals’ staff and for the love she enjoyed through the many visits friends and family bestowed on her.

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