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Betty Martens

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Deaths-Betty-MartensWhen Betty was 3 months, her family moved to Crimea, Ukraine, and when she was 3, they immigrated to Canada, settling in Grunthal, Man. At 13, Betty memorized 500 Bible verses to go to camp, where she accepted Jesus as Saviour. Two years later, her family moved to Yarrow, B.C. Betty enjoyed singing in Yarrow MB Church’s youth choir and attending Bible School in Yarrow. She married Walter, and after he returned from alternative service on a dairy farm, they moved to a 2-room house in Arnold, B.C. When raspberry prices plummeted, they moved to Richmond, B.C., for 35 years, then to Langley, White Rock, and finally Abbotsford, B.C. Betty loved gardening, baking and cooking. She raised 5 children and showed hospitality to hundreds.  She volunteered for Union Gospel Mission, at the MCC thrift store and on the MCC relief sale committee. Betty left a legacy of faith and love.

  • Birth: May 27, 1922
  • Birthplace:
    South Siberia, Russia
  • Death: February 11, 2015
  • Parents:
    John & Helen Jantzen
  • Married:
    Walter Martens, Nov. 10, 1945
  • Family:
    Walter; children Eleanor (Carl) Penner, Pat (Fred) Scheuermann, Harv (Janet), Lorraine (Carl) Schreoder, Sylvia (Larry) Friesen; 10 grandchildren [d. Kenton Penner]; 9 great-grandchildren; 3 step-great-grandchildren; 1 step-great-great-grandchild
  • Church:
    Bakerview MB, Abbotsford, B.C.
  • Baptism:
    Yarrow (B.C.) MB, age 17