Jan Leslie Kok joined her husband, Kenneth, in Heaven on Feb. 9, 2021, at age 71.
Jan was born to Vernon and Maudell (Wakefield) Menser on April 2, 1949, in Bellingham. As a child, she went to Lynden public schools and enjoyed tap dancing, going to the family cabin at Birch Bay, and learning how to cook. After graduating from Lynden High School, Jan attended Yakima Valley Junior College and worked as an administrator for the U.S. Border Patrol at Blaine.
Jan married the love of her life, Ken Kok of Lynden, on June 26, 1970, and went on to have four children: Amy (Rick) Meyer of Waddell AZ, Matt (Joy) Kok of Lynden, Sara (Jake) Brady of Everson, and Lisa (JT) Oates of Rome GA. Ken and Jan lived in Alameda, California, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early on in their marriage before moving back home to Lynden in 1978.
Jan was also Nana to 11 precious grandchildren: Ashtyn and Kylan Meyer, Abby, Sam and Libby Kok, Jacob, Matthew and Phoenix Brady, and Maddie, Adah and Keller Oates. They were her greatest joy.
In addition to being a loving mother and grandmother, Jan also enjoyed gardening, cheering on her kids and grandkids in their activities, and serving those in need with delicious meals.
Jan was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her father-in-law, Hilbert Kok; her brother Scott, and her sweet child she had yet to meet.
She is survived by her four children and their spouses; 11 grandchildren; sister Claudia (Alan) Brim; mother-in-law Henrietta Kok; sisters-in-law Janice (Larry) VanderHaak, Linda (Rolf) Haugen and Lori (Brad) Elmenhurst; brother-in-law Ron Kok; and many wonderful nieces and nephews.
A private family graveside service will take place at Greenacres Memorial Park in Ferndale followed by a memorial service on Wednesday, 2/17 at 11:00AM at Sonlight Community Church (8800 Bender Rd, Lynden, WA 98264). All are welcome to view the service via livestream https://boxcast.tv/view/memorial-service-for-jan-kok-720931
In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to Lynden Christian School, 417 Lyncs Drive, Lynden, WA 98264; or New Way Ministries, 205 South B.C. Ave., Lynden, WA 98264.
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