Mireille Frieda Patrick went home to the Lord on her 89th birthday, March 2, 2019.
Born in Switzerland to Josef and Freida Gisler, at age 15 Mireille left her small village to work in Geneva. She later met her future husband John, an American GI, while working at a tea room he frequented. In time they had four children, settling in Whatcom County in 1973.
Mireille committed her life to Christ in her early 20s, loving all as Jesus did. In her eyes you were a friend, son, daughter or a grandchild, regardless of your relation to her. Many happy memories were made at her home where she hosted various gatherings for her friends and family. She made all who knew her feel unconditionally loved and wanted.
Mireille was preceded in death by her husband John, sister Margarith, brother Marcel, son-in-law John Matz, daughter Sonja (Arnie) Gendem and grandson Brian Matz.
She is survived by daughter Linda Matz; son Dan (Shari) Patrick; daughter Susan (Paul) Dean; grandchildren Christopher, Ryan, Nicole, Anna, Jessica, Brittany, Dillon, Michael and Sarah; and 11 great-grandchildren.
A celebration of Mireille’s life will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Second Christian Reformed Church of Lynden.