Valley Hills Funeral Home
Betty C. Van Dyke, 89, passed away quietly on August 20, 2019.
Betty was born near Everson, Washington. She was the youngest of 11 children born to Tom and Julia Sebens and graduated from the 8th grade at Lynden Christian School. She married David D. Van Dyke from Lynden on February 22, 1947. They lived in Nooksack while Dave attended barber college. Their daughter, Donna, was born while they lived there.
After college, they moved to Grandview where Dave opened the National Barber Shop. They lived behind the shop until the birth of their 2nd daughter, Bonita. Eventually they moved to East Third Street, where they lived for 68 years. Their sons, David A. (Bud), Wayne and Robert were born while they lived there. Wayne developed cancer dying at the age of 6. At that time, Dave took up painting and dry wall work in addition to barbering. Betty often helped Dave during the early years of Van Dyke Painting and Drywall.
Betty worked hard in the home to care for her family and later worked at the Kiwanis Thrift Store, Rasco’s Five and Dime and at Walnut Grove Nursing Home and Hillcrest Nursing Home as Activity Director.
She and Dave loved to spend vacations visiting family, camping, boating, skiing and fishing with friends. They purchased the “lot” near Packwood which would become their retreat and a “getaway” they readily shared with others.
Betty was a member of Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church for 70 years. Her faith was important to her and she shared it consistently with her family. Betty and Dave spent countless hours volunteering with Red Cross and the CRWRC on disasters and rebuilding projects.
She is survived by her husband of 72 years, Dave. She is also survived by their 4 children, 13 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be on Saturday, August 31, at 2 p.m. at the Christian Reformed Church, 700 N. 16th St., Sunnyside.
Memorials may be given to the Disaster Relief Fund of the American Red Cross or to any charity of your choice.