Van Der Vyver, Geertruida A.T. “Trudy”
It is with the greatest sadness that we announce the passing of our wife and mother, Trudy Van Der Vyver, in her 83rd year. She was born on May 2, 1933, in Gorinchem, Netherlands, where she was in training to be a nurse when she met dad. She was united in marriage to Jacobus Van Der Vyver on January 22, 1955 and immediately following the marriage they immigrated to Canada to begin their new life together. After a brief time spent in Winnipeg and Surrey, mom and dad settled in Sardis, where they worked on a dairy farm for a few years before buying their own property. Together they built up a very successful greenhouse/nursery business, which they ran for almost 40 years before retiring. A loving mother of 3 girls and a hardworking homemaker and partner in their business, mom selflessly gave to everyone around her. Her household was an open door that welcomed countless friends over the years. The coffee was always on and everyone was welcome. Mom was passionate about plants. She grew beautiful flowers that brought joy to anyone that visited her patio. She also loved to watch hockey. She was an ardent Montreal Canadians fan, ever since landing in Canada, and would defend them no matter what. Trudy is survived by her husband of 60 years Jack Van Der Vyver, daughter MaryAnn (Rodney) Olleck of Sardis, BC, daughter Valerie (Brian) Evans of Lynwood, WA and daughter Lavona (Steve) Reade, Chemainus, BC. We, the family, would like to express special gratitude to the caring staff of Cascade Hospice, Chilliwack General Hospital and to the many friends and neighbors who provided love and support. No funeral service will be held, by request. Words cannot express how deeply you are loved, nor how greatly you will be missed.
Henderson’s Funeral Homes 604-792-1344