Albertje Betty Hansma (van der Deen)

April 5, 2019 9 Condolences Print Obituary Send Flowers

Betty Hansma passed away at the age of 93 on April 4, 2019. She was predeceased by her husband Albert in 1977, her daughter-in-law Judy in 2007 as well as her brother Klaas and sister Ge in the Netherlands. Betty is survived by her son Ron of St. Albert and her daughters Pat (Mike) of Edmonton and Sharon (Dave) of Sherwood Park, 8 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She will also be missed by her sister-in-law Henny Hansma of Granum, her brother Ipe of Ontario and in the Netherlands, her sisters Hilly and Ina, brother Piet (Henny), sister-in-law Sanny and brother-in-law Henk (Sieb). Also left to remember her are many nieces, nephews and cousins in Canada, USA, England and Netherlands.

Betty loved her family and friends. She had an open door and visitors were always welcome. Her door was seldom locked and if it was, the key was under the mat!

She had many treasures and collectables that she cherished. She had a passion for her birds, dogs, rabbits, fish and numerous other species.
Betty was a strong and accepting presence in the lives of many people. She demonstrated and lived her faith in Christ her Saviour through her actions and not in words.

She was a generous, amazing and dearly loved Mom, Grandma and Oma.

On Monday, April 8, there will be a private interment at Mountain View Cemetery followed by a Memorial Service and light lunch for family and friends at 2 PM, River Park Church, 3818 14A Street SW, Calgary.

In lieu of flowers, donations will be gratefully accepted to the Clover Bar Lodge Common Living Areas. Mom spent this past year at Clover Bar Lodge and the charitable donations received will be used at their new lodge being built in Sherwood Park. Please go to and the link DONATE NOW in Memory of Betty Hansma.

  1. Auntie Betty as my daughter Josh and I called her was an amazing lady. She saved my life when I found her almost 60 years ago. She looked after Josh when I was a single working mom. Josh loved Auntie Betty and all her children and all her animals. She was a wonderful women and a good friend. I will miss her as will Josh.

  2. So very sorry of your loss. I hope that the whole family can find peace, love, and support throughout this difficult time. My condolences for the whole family. Xoxo

    Casie Brightwell

  3. I only met Betty a couple of times and was absolutely amazed at how welcome she made me feel. To all of the family, I will say that you have thousands of wonderful memories to help you through this difficult time. She is now at peace and that is so important. Don’t think of the difficult times, think only of the great times you all had with her. Love and BIG HUGS to all of you.We will be thinking of you and if you need someone to talk to we are here. Muriel and Kathryn Buchkowski

  4. Sharon and all of your loved family,
    So sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom, but I know you will all take comfort in all the warm memories you have. Sending hugs to you.
    Deb and Doug Cameron

  5. We are so sorry for your family’s loss. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.

    Cindy & Jim

  6. Our deepest condolences to the family. Betty was a great lady always very kind and generous. She will be missed by many.

    With our deepest sympathy.

    Liam Tunny and Raymond Minialo

  7. Lieve familie, wij kregen het verdrietige bericht van het overlijden van onze oudste zus Betty. Wij hebben geen afscheid van haar kunnen nemen, ik wil jullie bedanken voor de goede zorgen, die jullie aan haar hebben gegeven. De mooie herinneringen aan mijn zus Betty draag ik mee in mijn hart en wens jullie veel kracht en sterkte toe. Hartelijke groet met veel liefs, Hilly Kruizinga- van der Deen

  8. I enjoyed my chats with Betty at River Park Church and found her to be so warm and engaging. She seemed to have a unique and individual spirit and a good sense of humour. She took so much joy in caring for her animals and birds and I was glad that she was able to spend some time living closer to her family. My condolences to your family as you remember her and continue to miss her dearly.

  9. Betty was like a mother – kind and compassionate …

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