Elizabeth A. Brockmeyer Hiebert, age 90, passed away peacefully Aug. 19, 2020, at Easthaven Villa in Yelm, Washington.
Elizabeth was born to Samuel H. and Blanche Brockmeyer in Douglas, Wyoming, on Jan. 28, 1930. She was the youngest child, joining three older brothers ages 13, 12 and 10. After spending her first seven years in the dust of Dry Creek, Wyoming, the family moved to Washington in 1937 and settled on a strawberry farm in Lynden in 1938. She helped her dad on the farm with the strawberries, chickens and hand-milked cows. During World War II, she learned to identify enemy planes and took shifts on night watch. She participated in 4H club in gardening, baking, canning and sewing, winning many ribbons at the local fairs. She won a trip to Chicago through the 4H program. Liz graduated from Lynden High School in 1949. She then went to work for John Timmer Insurance, where she continued to keep her insurance throughout her life.
As a young child she attended Sunday school at Sunrise Baptist Church. Later she attended the Glendale Mennonite Church next door to her home, where she met Paul Hiebert. They were married on Aug. 31, 1951, and then moved to his former town of Dallas, Oregon. In 1957 after welcoming their only child, Marvin, they returned to Whatcom County to be closer to both their parents, buying a chicken farm in Custer. They planted three acres of raspberries to supplement the egg income. She later went to work candling eggs for local farmers. Liz last worked at Coast to Coast in Ferndale, checking in freight. Liz had a fascination with genealogy and enjoyed contacting and visiting with new-found family. She traced ancestors at the library, studying town and county records, and immigration and census lists prior to computer research.
In the 1960s the family began attending Sunrise Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school and Vacation Bible School. She served for many years as the Sunday school secretary. She worked on the building committees and was deeply involved in designing the church kitchen. She and Paul took their turn as church custodians.
She is survived by her son, Marvin R. Hiebert (Patricia); granddaughter Crysta Weigel (Douglas); and great-granddaughters Anabelle and Clara.
Liz was preceded in death by her husband, Paul; both parents, Sam and Blanche Brockmeyer; brothers and their wives Harvey Brockmeyer (Laura), Francis Brockmeyer and Earl Brockmeyer (Philura).
Elizabeth was known for her hospitality and great cooking. People looked forward to being invited to dinner. She had a servant’s heart and if something needed to be done quickly and correctly, you asked Liz.
A private burial ceremony will be held at Enterprise Cemetery on Wednesday, Sept. 2, where she will be laid to rest beside her husband Paul.
Memorial donations may be made to Sunrise Baptist Church or the Lighthouse Mission.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Services.