On Sunday morning, Sept. 18, 2011, Jeanette Julia Werkhoven entered into the joy of her Lord!
Because Jeanette believed in Jesus Christ as her personal Savior, her life on earth was lived in thankful service to her Savior. Jeanette's servant heart touched many-even in the chemo rooms of NorthStar Cancer Lodge, where she comforted others as she walked out of her own treatments!
Jeanette was born July 14, 1938 in Kent. She spent her childhood years in Snoqualmie Valley graduating from Tolt High School in 1956. After her high school graduation, she spent one and one-half years in Seattle selling children's magazines and then two and one-half years working in the kitchen at Monroe General Hospital before transferring to Skagit Valley Hospital, where she worked in the dietary department for 43 years. In all those years at Skagit Valley Hospital she only missed two days of work!
In 2003 Jeanette moved from Mount Vernon to Sunnyside to live near her brothers, Leroy and Ed and their families. She said that she didn't think she could ever live, where there were so few trees. But the last several years she said many times how much she loved the beauty of the desert, where she could see so far.
Her involvement with the Cascadians hiking group brought her weekly into the mountains, where her passion for photographing wild flowers blessed many of us who received those photos.
Jeanette was a loyal and faithful member of Mount Vernon Christian Reformed Church for 43 years and Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church for the past eight years.
She is survived by her brothers, Don (Joan) of Carmichael, Calif., Leroy (Libby) and Ed (Mary), all of Sunnyside. She was a loving and generous aunt to: Tasha Werkhoven (Sean) Sullivan and their three sons, all of San Mateo, Calif., Rinda Werkhoven (Tim) Lieuwen and their four daughters, all of Atlanta, Ga., Luke Werkhoven (Tiffany) and their two sons, all of Santa Barbara, Calif., Chad (Linda) Werkhoven and their four daughters, all of Sunnyside and Todd (Serena) Werkhoven of Portland, Ore.
Jeanette was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Rena Werkhoven; and one nephew, Lee Andrew Werkhoven.
All who met Jeanette saw her incredible work ethic, her generous spirit and her servant heart.
Graveside services will be held Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at Outlook Cemetery, with a Celebration of Life service to follow at Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church, at 2 p.m.
Memorial gifts can be made out to Lower Valley Pathway, c/o Banner Bank, 911 East Edison Avenue, Sunnyside, WA 98944
Smith Funeral Home LTD and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of the arrangements.