Geertruida Meijer Drees
Truus passed away at home in Ladysmith on November 30, 2012 after a relatively short illness, with her family and sisters at her side. She was born G.H.W. van Royen in Amsterdam on July 26, 1938, studied medicine and biology, and married Nico Meijer Drees on January 13, 1962 in Delft. They came to Canada in 1964 as a young family, and lived in Edmonton and Calgary. Truus became a registered occupational therapist at the university of Alberta in 1967. Truus and Nico retired to Kaslo, BC where they lived for about 10 years before moving to Ladysmith in 2006.
Truus worked for the elderly and physically challenged people, adapting homes and furniture. She helped many people in Calgary during her career and was active in Kaslo and Ladysmith during her retirement. She worked with elderly persons, was a beginning writer and an editor for On Guard. She was also involved in several community projects. She loved to do carpentry and sewing.
Surviving her are a husband, two daughters and two grandsons, in Ladysmith and New Westminster, and two sisters in the Netherlands and Denmark.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, December 8, at the Bethel Tabernacle in Ladysmith. Please send correspondence to N.C. Meijer Drees at 4951 Coventry Lane, Ladysmith, B.C. V9G 1J7.