Sarah Joy (Zondervan) De Jong, age 42, was born on May 12, 1979 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and passed on to Glory on December 31, 2021 in the Red Deer, Alberta hospital, in the arms of her beloved husband, Bindert.
Also mourning her passing are: her son, Tucker; her father, Jim Zondervan, and stepmother, Caroline; her siblings: Samuel Zondervan, Anna (Justin) Barber, David (fiancée María) Zondervan, and Joseph (Lydie) Zondervan; her sister-in-law, Amanda Zondervan; Bindert’s father, Bram De Jong; Bindert’s brother and sister, Hedzer (Karissa) De Jong and Henrieke De Jong; and eleven nephews and nieces.
She was predeceased by her mother, Betty Zondervan, and mother-in-law, Ineke De Jong.
Sarah was a kind and sensitive woman, and a devoted wife and mother, with a deep love for her God, her husband and son, and her extended family. She was a graduate of Immanuel Christian School of Lethbridge, Alberta, and of Calvin College, of Grand Rapids, Michigan. She lived with her parents in Argentina for five years and in Minnesota for five years, before moving with them to Alberta in 1990. It was here that she met Bindert, her future husband, best friend, and soul mate. They were married in 2008, and were joined by Tucker in 2013. Sarah loved nature, especially the beautiful countryside near Lacombe, and was always delighted to report a sighting of moose or other wildlife. She was an encourager to many people, and was known for her thoughtful notes, puns, and quotes from movies and songs. She will be greatly missed, but her loved ones are thankful that she is free from the health problems with which she struggled for so long. By the grace of God in Christ, she has entered a realm where He “will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 21:4). May Sarah rest in eternal peace. Blessed be her memory.
A private, family service will held, followed by the interment at the Bentley Cemetery in Bentley Alberta.
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