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Inez V.Van Buren, 90


Inez V.Van Buren

Inez V. Van Buren passed away peacefully, November 12, 2012, in Bellingham, Wash.  She was born April 11, 1922 on the family homestead in the log cabin that was used for the first school house on Pt. Agassiz, Alaska. Inez was born a twin, her brother Wilfred died at birth and was buried ½ mile from their home under a tree.  The cross is there to this day.

Inez graduated from the Petersburg schools and went on to the University of Washington.  During summer break she returned home and worked in the Petersburg fisheries.  It was here that Inez met her husband Russell and they were married in Bellingham on January 16, 1942.  She always felt so fortunate to have been able to spend the balance of her life in Whatcom County, enjoying the great Western out of doors. Faith was foremost in Inez’s life and the past 20 years she attended Grace Baptist Church in Lynden, Washington. 

Inez received much of her pleasure with painting in oil and water colors and, the making of many cards of fellowship and love.  She also enjoyed growing flowers, especially roses.

Inez was preceded in death, by her daughter, Dianne Van Buren and her husband Russell, her mother and father, three brothers, and two sisters.

She is survived by son Russell C. (Penny) Van Buren, Bellingham; grandchildren, Kris, Naples, Flor: Kevin (Kelli), Milton, Wash; Katie Van Buren, Woodinville, Wash; and Jeralyn (George) Conard, Glenhaven, Wash: great-grandson David Conard and new great-granddaughter, Hanna Marie Van Buren.  

A private graveside service will be held at Greenacres  on November 27, 2012.  Memorials may be made to Grace Baptist Fellowship, 338 N. Park St ., Lynden, WA 98264 or Whatcom Hospice, 2806 Douglas Ave ., Bellingham, WA 98225.

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