Karen Heutink

     Karen Louise (Towers) Heutink went to be with her Lord and Savior after a tragic car accident on July 3, 2020.

  Karen was a beloved and treasured wife, mother, grandmother, sister-in-law, aunt, cousin, friend and more. She was considered a close friend by many and will be dearly missed by all.

  She is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Delbert; her children and grandchildren, Adele and Nathan, Nicholas, Alayna and Zachariah Dykstra; Don Heutink; Karlene and Tom, Alivia, Grant and Jenna VanderWilt; David and Shannon, Joie, Tytus, Alyx and Ellie Heutink; Kristi and Dawson, Garris, Trigg and Ray Heutink. She will be greatly missed by her cousins Evelyn Swann, Jean Towers and Larry Kiens; her husband’s family, Arlene (Gerrit) Byeman, (Pam) Heutink, John (Bonnie) Heutink, Linda (Rich) Bosman, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

  Karen was preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Alda Towers, sister Peggy Towers; father- and mother-in-law John and Dena Heutink; and brother-in-law Eldon Heutink.

  She was born on March 7, 1953, to her parents Donald and Alda Towers, joining her older sister Peggy. She grew up in Stanwood, Washington, and maintained many close friendships from there and fond memories of where she grew up.

  Karen was a hard worker from early on, and as a child she mowed lawns and delivered newspapers. In high school she suffered the loss of her dad and then also her sister shortly after graduation.

  After high school Karen worked at the Farmette Drive-In where she met the love of her life, Del Heutink. He thought she was the prettiest girl in Stanwood and appreciated her honesty and realness with life. They were married on Sept. 1, 1973, and lived in Mount Vernon for three years while Karen worked in a doctor’s office.

  After Adele was born, they moved to Sumas to take over the family farm, Vedder Mountain Dairy, where they farmed and then raised livestock for 43 years. Together they did everything from working hard on the farm to raising their four children, traveling, working for the Sumas Rural Water Association for 30 years, and being amazing grandparents to their 14 grandchildren. They loved making special memories with their family and friends.

  Karen and Del raised their family at Sumas Christian Reformed Church and were very involved there, as well as with their current church family at Nooksack Valley Reformed Church. Karen loved being a part of women’s ministries and Bible studies, and serving food and coffee regularly. She would help with anything whenever asked, and always was a support and help to Del when he was on Council.

  Karen was loved by many and will forever be missed. She gave the best hugs, shared warm beautiful smiles and had an infectious laugh. Karen wanted those around her to feel loved and would often show great compassion and care to all those in her life in the form of beautifully written letters, phone calls, gifts and other thoughtful gestures. Karen had the gift of hospitality and was a wonderful cook. She was such a fun carpool mom and shopping buddy, and a wonderful mom and grandma. She loved spending time with her grandkids and attending their activities. Most of all, Karen loved the Lord, and she shared her amazing faith and hope through her generous and selfless care that she bestowed on so many.

  A private family graveside service will be at Sumas Cemetery on Friday, July 17.

  With questions related to funeral arrangements, contact Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Services.