Elizabeth Timmer

Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 2.21.24 PM  On the evening of Oct. 21, 2015, our Mother’s life on earth ended and her soul and spirit went to live with her Lord Jesus Christ.
  Her life on earth was a daily song of praise to God. Elizabeth Anne Timmer (nee Buizer) was born on March 26, 1920, in Whatcom County. She was the oldest child of Cornelius and Bertha (Haveman) Buizer. She attended Lynden schools and graduated in 1938, the valedictorian of her class. She graduated from Western Washington College of Education in 1941.
  She taught first grade at Lynden Christian School for two years (1941-43) and then taught in Nome, Alaska, for a year. She married John A. Timmer in Nome, Alaska, on Aug. 5, 1945. In the ensuing 12 years she had six children. She and John were charter members of Bethel Christian Reformed Church.
  In addition to her responsibilities as a wife and mother of six, she was a church organist at Bethel CRC (1954 to 2001), a 4-H leader, a Bible Study Fellowship leader, a Coffee Break leader and a member of the LCS Mothers’ Club. She served on the Lynden Library board for many years.
  Elizabeth is perhaps best known for her extensive and avid gardening interests. She was a member and sometimes officer of the Lynden Garden Club, the DUPI Garden Club and the Floral Arts Garden Club in Mount Vernon. Also, she was an officer in the Chuckanut District and in the Washington State Federation of Garden Clubs. She wrote book reviews for the State Garden Club publication Smoke Signals.
  She edited the Chuckanut Chatter (newsletter for the Chuckanut District Garden Clubs) for nearly 20 years. She also wrote a garden column in the Lynden Tribune for many years. She was a nationally certified flower judge and the superintendent of the Horticulture Department of the Northwest Washington Fair for more than 20 years.
  Other interests included geology and photography. A little known but heartfelt activity was preparing sermons which were read on KLYN radio by Lynden CRC ministers in the early 1960s. For many years she wrote a poem for the birthday of each child and grandchild.
  She is survived by her six children, Robert (Sandy), Helen Solem, Barbara Timmer, Jane Terpsma (Art), Keith (Nicolette) and Beth Timmer; 16 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren with two on the way; three sisters-in-law; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
  She was preceded in death by her husband, John; her sister, Anna Buizer Enfield Sundstrom; and her brother, Jerry.
  A memorial service will take place on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, at 4 p.m. in Bethel Christian Reformed Church of Lynden. Interment will be on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, at 11 a.m. in Monumenta Cemetery of Lynden.
  You are invited to share your condolences and memories in the online guestbook at www.gilliesfuneralhome.com.
  Arrangements are entrusted to Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Lynden.