Marina Adriana Nyssen Timmermans was born in Kattenddijke, Holland, on Dec. 16, 1925, and went home to be with the Lord on Aug. 12, 2020, in her Lynden home.

  She grew up in a large family and experienced the German occupation during World War II, being forced to house German soldiers. She married Simon Timmermans on Sept. 23, 1949, and one year later they came to America.

  After working jobs, saving money and surviving on peanut butter and tomatoes for a year in Maryland, they traveled to the West Coast and eventually settled in Lynden. They were dairy farmers for over 30 years. During those years, she enjoyed working very hard on the family farm and as a resident assistant in the rest home. Although life was sometimes difficult, she had a very positive and persistent attitude, never complained and taught her kids to live the same way.

  She was active in the political world, and the missionaries she supported were very important to her.  She was frugal and saved everything, yet was kind and helped others. She was also a woman from whom you could get wise counsel. She had many interests. She loved making flower arrangements and was an excellent seamstress. She also loved gardening and canning, often insisting that company take some of her produce home.

  She is survived by two sisters, Truus Radin and Mary Vandermeer of Holland; four children, Elizabeth and Steve Martinson, Cornelius and Darlene Timmermans, Thea Timmermans, and Adria and Bill Cummins; as well as 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grand-children.

  In her last few weeks, what occupied her attention was her family and the Lord, ultimately having her sights set solely on seeing the Lord. She cared deeply about the people she was leaving. She was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed.

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