Maria de Gier

Obituary of Maria Aletta Lolo de Gier

Maria Alleta Ollo de Gier Bedford Maria Alleta Olo de Gier, 95, of Bedford passed away January 9, 2022 at Northwood Ivany Place. Born in Slawi, Indonesia she was the daughter of Berend Wyers and Alida Maria Wyers (Anderson). Maria was born and spent the early part of her childhood in Indonesia when it was still a Dutch colony. At age 12 she was sent to Holland to continue her education and spent most of her teenage years in German occupied Holland. In 1948 she married Gerritt de Gier and the day after their marriage they boarded a converted troop carrier and immigrated to Canada. They lived in Upper Economy for the first 8 years until they could afford to buy their own farm in Middle Musquodoboit. Maria had a very busy life raising her seven children and working on the farm. She was involved with many community organizations and particularly enjoyed leading the 4-H club and being involved with horses, the local exhibition, and Ladies Aid. After the farming business was sold,she worked as a nurse's assistant in the local hospital until her retirement, and then moved to Tucker Lake Road in Beaver Bank. Maria was a lifelong animal lover and enjoyed many hobbies ... needle point, painting, gardening, etc., but her greatest passion was her family and grandchildren. Mom had a great enthusiasm for life, and a warmth and sparkle in her eyes when around those she loved. She will be missed by them all. Survived by her son, Dick (Carolyn) Lower Sackville; daughters, Bea Carlson (Detlef) Fort Langley, Lolo Doane (Frank) Halifax, Hinka Chapman Beaver Bank, Ada de Gier Saskatoon; daughter-in-law, Monica de Gier Halifax; grandchildren, Shannon, Christopher, Timothy, Vanessa, Jacqueline, Mark, Craig, Justin, Ryan, Michael, Tyler, Jennifer, and Nicholas; great-grandchildren, Heidi, Philip, Emma, Cameron, Luke, Clara, Hannah, Maddox, Audrey and Izaak. She was predeceased by her husband of 51 years, Gerritt; Anthony Wyers (brother),Kees (son), Mike (son), Rick (son-in-law). Memorial donations may be made to Canadian Liver Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society, or charity of choice. Special thanks to the staff at Northwood Ivany Place.
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