Patricia (Patty) Ellen VanDiest

    Patricia (Patty) Ellen VanDiest of Sumas, WA passed away peacefully surrounded by her family July 12 at the age of 75.

  Born in Abbotsford B.C., Patty was the youngest child of Frank & Dorotha Rolls. She had a stubborn spirit that carried her through her battle with cancer.

  Through all the radiation & chemotherapy treatments she never once complained.

  For many years, the B&B was the place to receive food or a drink from Patty. Serving people was her pride and joy and she enjoyed it for many years while raising her four children. After retirement she and the love of her life Peter MacLean moved to Abbotsford.

  When Pete passed away, she moved back to Sumas where she lived out her last years enjoying what she loved most, gardening, playing cards, pulling slots and most of all, her family.

  Patty is survived by her four children, Rhonda, Doug (Sherry), Sheri (John) Tewalt, Terry (Kari), her 9 grandchildren Adam (Brittany), Danielle (Maika), Megan (Dave), Kylee (Carlos), Nicole, Dallas, Carter, Lincoln & Sydney and was Gigi to eight great grandchildren, who she loved to be surrounded by.

  She is also survived by her brother-in-law Pat Bolen, many nieces, nephews, and friends.

  She was preceded in death by her ‘Sweet Pea’ Pete, her parents Frank & Dorotha, stepfather Les, brother Donald, her three sisters and two brothers in law, Elsie (Orville) Hicks, Phyllis (Jim) Waardenburg, Virginia Bolen and her daughter in law Holly VanDiest.

  A memorial service will be held at the Sumas cemetery, 9445 Sumas Road, Sumas, WA 98295, on Saturday, July 24 at 11 a.m.

  A celebration of life will be planned for a later date.

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