Nell deJong

June 1, 1909 to December 26, 2004

Nell was born in Schore Holland and came to Canada with her family in 1953 and lived in Summerland for 1 year. In 1954 the family moved to Terrace where Nell and her husband had a family farm on Eby St. Nell retired in 1978 and moved to her house on McConnell Ave. in 1979 where she lived until her death. Nell loved her flowers and could always be found digging in her garden. She won many awards for her flowers and knitted dresses at the Skeena Valley Fall Fair and for her yard from the Terrace Beautification Society.

Nell was predeceased by her husband Jacob in 1966 and her son Jacob (Jake) in 2004. She is survived by her sons Bill (Margaret), Leo (Martina), Albert (Violet), daughter Elsie (Jerry), daughters-in-law Brenda and Frieda, 13 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. A service was held Dec. 30, 2004 from the Evangelical Free Church in Terrace. Interment followed at the Terrace Cemetery. Pallbearers were grandchildren Rick, Brent, Mark & Shane deJong and great grandchildren Tyler Schmidt and Sheldon Smaha.

The family would like to express appreciation for all those who gave us support. We would also like to thank Kathy Broadway and her Home Care Team, Home Support & Hospice. Special thanks to Dr. Redpath, Dr. Barton, Pastor Russell Wilson, Marilyn Christensen, Donna Thomson, Cathy Johnston, Elaine, Baxter, Colleen, Julie, Linda, Evangeline and Rabinder and the ladies from the Evangelical Free Church for the tea and luncheon.

Our Mothers Garden


Our Mother kept a garden,

A garden of the heart

She planted all the good things,

That gave our life a start.


She turned us to the sunshine,

And encouraged us to dream.

Fostering and nurturing,

The seeds of self esteem…


And when the winds and rains came,

She protected us enough…

But not too much because she knew,

We’d need to stand up, strong and tough.


Her constant good example,

Always taught us right from wrong…

Markers for our pathway,

That will last a lifetime long.


We are our Mothers garden,

We are her legacy…

I hope today she feels our love,

Throughout eternity.