Sarah Haveman

  Sarah Haveman, age 98, of Lynden, passed away on Oct. 27, 2018. Sarah was known for being loving and compassionate to all and for her hospitality.

  Sarah was born Sept. 22, 1920 in Bellingham to parents Harmon and Mary (Stewart) Sturtz. She was a lifetime resident of Whatcom County, graduating from Lynden High School at age 16 and then going on to Bellingham Secretarial School. Sarah married Alfred Haveman on June 27, 1941, and together they raised three children on a small farm north of Lynden.

  Sarah enjoyed painting and all kinds of handiwork. She also liked reading and loved to travel, a good game of cards and fishing. Sarah volunteered at the Lighthouse Mission and with the Reformed Church of America women’s division traveled throughout the U.S. Sarah was a secretary at First Reformed Church and later worked for The New Crescent. At her passing, she was the oldest member of FRC-Lynden.

  After retirement Alfred and Sarah enjoyed many years of snowbirding in California and Arizona.

  Sarah is survived by her children, Gary (Carol) Haveman, Lynette (Dennis) Hollander and Laurie (Richard) Porter; nine grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren.

  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Alfred, two brothers Donald and John, and daughter-in-law Shirley Haveman.

  You are invited to join family and friends for a graveside committal at noon Monday, Nov. 5, in Greenacres Memorial Park of Ferndale followed by a 1:30 p.m. memorial service in First Reformed Church, Lynden, with Pastor Ryan Bajema officiating.

  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Reformed Church Mission Fund, 610 Grover St., Lynden, WA 98264; or Lighthouse Mission Ministries, P.O. Box 548, Bellingham, WA 98227.

  You are invited to share your memories and condolences in the online guest book at

  Arrangements are entrusted to Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Services.