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Katie Kuiper

March 1, 1988

Who Was She...

A CHILD…

 

"AMAZING GRACE HOW SWEET THE SOUND THAT SAVED A WRETCH LIKE ME? I ONCE WAS LOST, BUT NOW AM FOUND, WAS BLIND, BUT NOW I SEE."

Youngest of 11 children--last to pass away. Lost her mom when she was 11, her dad when she was 13.

Had to beg quarters from her brothers and sisters to be able to eat until she obtained a domestic position.

Lived at YWCA--the girls from the YWCA remained in touch with her until their deaths. I think 4 are still alive.

Belonged to First Christian Reformed Church in New Jersey and sang in choir as early as 1919. Never questioned her circumstances--just lived them. Wasn't angry about it or bitter.

A WIFE AND MOTHER

"’TWAS GRACE THAT TAUGHT MY HEART TO FEAR AND GRACE MY FEARS RELIEVED; HOW PRECIOUS DID THAT GRACE APPEAR THE HOUR I FIRST BELIEVED."

According to her she was lucky enough to have loved Arnold Kuiper and marry him; buy a "mom and pop" grocery store to earn a living. Carried out most of her husband's wishes without question. Kept the store running.

Managed the children. Stood by them in troubled times. Encouraged them. Brought them up during the depression.

Lived through two world wars.

She always said she was luckiest, just so lucky to have such good kids who loved her for just being mom as she loved them for just being them.

MATRIARCH AND CHRISTIAN

 

"THROUGH MANY DANGERS, TOILS AND SNARES, I HAVE ALREADY COME; 'TIS GRACE THAT BROUGHT ME SAFE THUS FAR AND GRACE WILL LEAD ME HOME."

    • 13 grandchildren

    • 14 great-grandchildren

    • 1 great-great grandchild

She was the one person who held it all together for everyone and put meaning to the point of our helter-skelter lives. I don't think any of her family will ever be able to eat a chocolate chip cookie again for the rest of their lives and not think of her. Even her cookies were that special.

"It was when you were almost too big to sit in her lap that you began to learn that she was a very special person to talk to. Sometimes, she would give you the right answers without ever saying a word. She had a way of JUST listening...How did that little girl grow up to be so smart? Having gray hairs? Being a mother? Being a grandmother?"

A CHRISTIAN

When she was hospitalized for hypothermia as a resulting from 17 hours of exposure trapped in the bathtub [she was 87 and couldn't get back out], the doctor remarked that she was a strong woman. I said, "No, she just had a lot of faith and trust"

After all, she trusted the Lord and if physically possible attended worship services faithfully. She also trusted the Lord to let her family come to Him without her verbal influence. One of her greatest wishes was that all her children and grandchildren could experience His peace through acceptance that brought her through her lifetime.

And therefore, she fulfilled one of her life's ambitions: To be a good example to her children, grandchildren and their families!!!!

"WHEN WE'VE BEEN THERE TEN THOUSAND YEARS, BRIGHT SHINING AS THE SUN, WE'VE NO LESS DAYS TO SING GOD'S PRAISE, THAN WHEN WE'D FIRST BEGUN."

So, it has come to me [Pastor Newman] that she left a request of her children:

"All I ever cared about was that my kids love one another after I was gone and still see each other.

"Do the best you can--what comes, comes. Live and let live."

She also left a request of her grandchildren:

"Do what you think is best and right."

Take care of yourself. Take care of your health and if you work, do your best."

Learn so you can have a good life. Most of all, honor your father and mother."

In return for her request, she left a "Next-to-Last" Last Will and Testament which reads:

"I give LOVE (a full life-time of it--love that you

give generously and YOU earn full measure of, in

return)."

 

"I give HAPPY MEMORIES (I loved to collect them)."

"I give GOOD LUCK."

 

"And a LONG LIFE and AN APPRECIATION for it (even

as I have found it ever so wonderful)--"

 

"(And may you remember me well...)",

-Katie Kuiper

Looking back:

  • A Child...

  • A Wife...

  • A Mother...

  • A Matriarch...

  • A Christian…

She was more than any of these things--she was FAITH and LOVE.

The family would like to express their appreciation to all of those people who exhibited continual kindnesses to Katie, i.e., the German's for being such good friends and neighbors these past 30 or 40 years; the Palmers for their kindness in taking her to church; Robert Shockley, McDonald's...all of you who helped her in any way, may God Bless you in his infinite care for your thoughtfulness and caring.

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Eulogies

Katie Kuiper
Alice DeJong
Arnold DeJong

 

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