ELLEN On Sunday, June 24th, Tena Ellen (nee Prins) was called home peacefully, to be with her heavenly father, at the age of 94. Born in Andijk, Netherlands on December 30, 1914, she immigrated with her family to the Edmonton area when she was twelve years old. In 1938 she married the late John Ellen and in 1949 they moved to Lacombe with their family of four girls, where the family grew with the addition of three boys. For many years Tena was an active member of Bethel Christian Reformed Church and volunteered tirelessly both in the church and the community. She also loved to travel and was passionate in her enjoyment of outdoors and camping with her extended family of children and grandchildren. She will be forever remembered by her children Avlyn (Jack) Vandenborn of Edmonton, Joan (Richard) Roeters of Grand Rapids, Jane (Ralph) Bruinsma of Lethbridge, Carol (late Raynold) Nieboer of Edmonton, George (Geri) Ellen of Rochester, Norman (Shelley) Ellen of Calgary and Tim (Moira) Ellen of Lacombe. She is also survived by 1 sister (Dorothy), 20 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren. Tena was predeceased by her husband John in 2001, her son-in-law Raynold (Butch) Nieboer, 1 sister and 5 brothers. A private graveside ceremony will be held on Thursday afternoon, May 28th 2009, followed by a public celebration of Tena's life at 2:30 p.m. in the Bethel Christian Reformed Church, 5636-52 Avenue, Lacombe Alberta. The family would like to thank the staff at Lacombe Nursing Home for the care and attention they provided over the last couple of years of Tena's life. If desired donations may be made to the Lacombe Christian School, 5206-58 street, Lacombe Alberta, T4L 1G9 or to donors choice. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to WILSON'S FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM serving Central Alberta with locations in Lacombe and Rimbey in charge of the arrangements. 403-782-3366 403-843-3388 "A Caring Family, Caring For Families"

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