Van Der Gugten, Martje “Mary”

September 18, 1934 – December 24, 2021
at the age of 87 years

Viewing January 13, 2022 at 1pm at Fischer’s Funeral Home, 4060 1st Ave., Salmon Arm (masks mandatory)
Departing 2:30pm for Burial at Shuswap Memorial Cemetery
Memorial Service 11am, January 14, 2022 at Cornerstone Christian Reformed Church, 1191 22nd St NE, Salmon Arm (masks mandatory) 

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mary Vandergugten.  Mary was born in Delfzijl, The Netherlands. She was the second of ten children born to Peiter and Anje Huttema. She immigrated to Coaldale, Alberta with her family in 1951. Soon after they moved to Burnaby, BC where Mary met Neal at the age of 17.  They married on August 31, 1956 and were blessed with 65 years of marriage.  

Mary passed away and entered into heavenly glory at the age of 87 years in Salmon Arm, BC, and so we also rejoice that she has been relieved from her earthly suffering.  She is survived by her loving husband Neal who gives thanks to God for allowing him a most wonderful wife of 65 years; 4 children Rick (Ludi), Pete (Celia), Larry (Lynn), Marion (Rob) De Boersap; 16 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by a granddaughter, Kristin (2018).

Mom is best remembered for her love of Jesus and her family, her hospitality and her joyous nature. Singing and humming were her constant companions as well as her boundless energy to serve others.  She loved to bake, cook and host family and friends in her home.  Her hands were endlessly busy, sewing, crafting, crocheting, and knitting (baby blankets, socks, slippers, dish cloths, dish towels) creations for her loved ones.  Mom spent hours volunteering her time for her church, Christian schools, shut ins, and many other worthy causes.

She loved her family deeply and was our greatest prayer warrior.  She will be greatly missed by all.

The family would like to thank all the health care workers who so lovingly cared for Mom in her illness and last days.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to World Vision.  


  1. We willen jullie condoleren met het overlijden van je vrouw,jullie moeder en oma.
    Groeten van een nicht uit Schildwolde,Nederland

  2. We willen vanuit Nederland Neil en de kinderen condoleren met het overlijden van Mary

  3. My sincerest heartfelt condolences to Neal and family. May the Lord provide you with strength and peace and comfort. You are all in my prayers.

  4. Aunt Mary will be missed. It was a joy to see her again with Uncle Neil this past summer at my Mom and Dad’s 50th. Now Aunt Mary is where her heart desires to be, with her Lord. I pray for the family she left behind, that the treasures she gave would be forever kept and serve to comfort and guide you home, and that God would hold you in His deep love.

  5. What a shock to hear of Mary’s passing. Another one of God’s children called home.She will be greatly missed. Condolences to Neil and the family.

  6. So many memories of Mary on the beach in Shuswap. Coming by to say hi and chat. Bringing popsicles for the kids..
    Happy to see us enjoying our holiday. And we did. For many many years!
    Prayering for the family. Especially Neal, that he may be comforted.

  7. I hadn’t seen auntie Mary for many years, but I do have fond memories from when I was younger.
    Praying for you all during this time.

  8. Trusting the Lord in all things. May your many memories comfort you and bring a smile to your face. Praying for all the family.

  9. Praise God for his work in and through her, the fruit of a life saved by grace and filled with his goodness! God’s strength and peace in the coming days and weeks to you all.

  10. Such a sweet lady and neighbour.

  11. Our sincerest condolences to the family. Mary was such a lovely person.

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