A resident of Iroquois for the past 37 years, Jean Douma passed away at the Ottawa General Hospital on Saturday, September 1, 2012. She was 83.

Jean was born in Eestrum, The Netherlands, on July 18, 1929, to her parents Wopke and Janke Oldenburger (nee Westerhof).  

On May 31, 1951, she married Wytze Douma and they immigrated to Canada.  On July 21, 1951, they arrived in Maxville, Ontario.  They raised 10 children on the farm in the Crysler/Chesterville area before moving to Church Street in Iroquois in 1975 with six of their children. 

Jean could be found gardening or early in the morning going for her daily walk.  Other hobbies were cross stitching, reading or playing cards.  

After her husband’s passing in 2001, Jean’s great joy in life was visiting with her children, grandchildren and her great-grandchildren; the last of which was born on her birthday, July 18, 2012. 

She gave selflessly throughout her life to her family, her church and her school community.  As a Christian wife and mother, her faith was very evident in her life.  This continued until her final day.  

Jean is survived by her children Jeannie (John) Luimes of Oshawa, Harold (Mary) of Ingleside, Dorothy (Bob) Wierdsma of Peterborough, Oscar (Karen) of Pittsburgh, Abe (Janet) of Chesterville, Joanna (Sim) Wierdsma of Peterborough, Rick (Ellen) of Iroquois, George (Darlene) of Whitby and Wes (Wanda) of Iroquois and by her daughter-in-law Alice Douma (friend Dean Howland) of Ingleside. 

She is also suvived by her siblings Baukje (Bram) VanderVeen of Morewood, Halbe (Joanne) Oldenburger of Wellesley and Wobbina (Gerrit) Sluiskes of Iroquois. 

Beppe will be fondly remembered by 30 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Wytze Douma, her son John Douma and her daughter-in-law Karen Douma.   

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.  Funeral service was held at the Williamsburg Christian Reformed Church on Wednesday, September 5th at 11 a.m., with Rev. John Noordhof officiating. Interment followed at New Union Cemetery, Williamsburg.  

Pallbearers were her sons Harold, Oscar, Abe, Rick, George and Wes. Honorary pallbearers were her daughters Jeannie Luimes, Dorothy Wierdsma and Joanna Wierdsma.  

Donations to Timothy Christian School would be appreciated by the family.  Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com

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