Petronella Cornelia Houweling passed away on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at Chilliwack General Hospital at age 89 years. She was born July 12, 1925 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Petra is survived by her children, Mathilde (John), Margaret (Nico), Len (Sandi), James (Margie) and Gaal and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her son, Peter (1974) and all her siblings, she was the last living child of Maria and Pieter Houweling. Petra spent her early years at home on the family dairy farm in the Netherlands. Her teen years, as with many others, were spent enduring the Second World War. In 1951, she emigrated to Canada with her husband Jacob and daughter, Tilly and here they found work on a dairy farm in Sardis. She loved to travel, loved her family and those who were less fortunate, but most of all she loved Jesus and the Church. When she could not travel, she spent her time knitting for orphans in war-torn countries. One could find her on her chair, knitting every day.
Memorial Service was held on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at City Life Church, Chilliwack. Private viewing and burial for immediate family and invited friends, at Chilliwack Cemetery on Little Mountain. Pall Bearers are her grandsons, Drew, Mark, Tim, Jared, Mike and Shane. In lieu of flowers, friends are encouraged to consider a donation for the care of children through the City Life Church “New Hope Children’s Home” and “Nepal Missions”. Henderson’s Funeral Homes in care of arrangements,