Maria Louisa Rubingh-Kickken

November 30th, 2020

We are heartbroken to announce the passing away of Maria Louisa Rubingh-Kickken on November 30, 2020 at 11:20 AM. She went quietly and peacefully, with her loving daughter Eleanne at her side. She leaves behind three children: Marie Louise and her husband Jim, Eleanne and her husband Craig, and Peter and his wife Cheryl; five grandchildren: Tracy and her husband Martin, Shawn, Teri, Nicole and Chad; and two great grandchildren: Gemma and Justin. She also leaves behind three brothers: Johan, Hub and Harry and one sister: Tinij, as well as many more relatives in Holland.

Living to the age of 98, she lived a full life.  She lived through World War II, often telling stories of the hardships that she and her family faced in these times. She later immigrated to Canada, building a life and family here in Vancouver. She was very involved with the church, and did a lot of volunteer work at St. Andrew’s Church in Vancouver. She had been a member of the CWL, became a Girl Guide leader and spent many hours working at the church Bingo.  

As a grandmother she spent many hours with her grandchildren from babysitting to taking them shopping or taking them for lunch in Metrotown in Burnaby. She was particularly famous among her grandchildren for her “Oma’s kind of cookies” – a recipe to this day, none have been able to replicate. She also loved to go shopping with friends every week.  She loved to sew and was often mending things for anyone who asked.

She loved her whole family, and was always thrilled when the whole family would gather for special occasions. She loved to talk and spent many hours just talking to anyone who would listen.  She had a special ability to never run out of thing to say and this always made for very lively family gatherings.

She also loved to visit her children – in particular a very special trip was to Drumheller to see Peter and Cheryl (a fifteen hour drive) who now live in Princeton (only three hours away).  She also made many trips to Penticton over the years to see Marie, Jim and Tracy.

She was a woman who took pride in her appearance - and was never caught without her signature pink blush. She loved Sprite (never 7Up), and Chinese food, lilac flowers, and Nabob coffee (she was always sure to be well-stocked on this, often having several large tins full stored in the cupboard).

As she got older, she had some health issues but she was a fighter and she always got through them. She was later blessed to be able to live out most of her last years with her loving daughter Eleanne in Surrey for 14 years. She spent many hours preparing a weekly lunch for her friends, and for many years she and Eleanne would go out shopping every week. She was also able to make her last trip to see her family in Holland when she was 92, joined by her daughter Eleanne, her son-in-law Craig and her granddaughter Nicole. It was a trip that will never be forgotten.

This last year was very difficult for all of us, but she is at peace now, and we were truly blessed to have so many good years with her. She will be missed.

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Dear Family, We wish you a lot of strength with the loss of "Aunt Wies". Johan, my father, was looking forward to the phone calls with his sister, who had the same birthday as our mother. She came to visit us once with my father and mother in Luxembourg. We ate sandwiches and soup together. Cozy around the kitchen table, said aunt Wies. We will not forget our oldest Aunt, partly because of the stories my father always tells. The beautiful picture of her hangs in our house. Lots of love from Gerty and Ron van Es - Kickken and Family

Sending heart felt love to the entire family. Such an amazing lady, and lovely mom. I was blessed enough to get to see her when her health was declining,but she was always so full of energy. Our conversations were bright and cheery and her heart was full of love and memories. Days were brighter because of Louise. I will never forget such a kind loving lady and she made life beautiful thru her eyes. Rest peacefully dear lady.

Wiesje, Eleanne and Peter, en familie, Veel sterkte toegewenst naar aanleiding van het heengaan van jullie moeder: Mrs. L. Rubingh - Kickken. Wij zien uit naar een betere tijd, waarbij verdriet, tot het verleden zullen behoren. Openbaring 21:3, 4. Veel sterkte toegewenst. Tante Tiny Horsch - Kickken en Jacques Horsch.

Wiesje, Elian, Peter en familieleden. Gecondoleerd met het heengaan van jullie moeder: Wies Rubingh - Kickken. Wij hebben het vertrouwen dat er ooit betere tijden zullen aanbreken, zonder verdriet. (Openbaring 21:3,4). Veel sterkte toegewenst. Namens: Tante Tiny Horsch - Kickken en Jacques Horsch.

Much strengt desired in these days before christmas with the LOSS of your Mother ,Grandmother and Great Grandmother we wish you Johan kickken Leon en fon kickken wanthong

Our sincere condolances for the passing of mother Wies My name is Wiel ,one of 4 sons from her youngest sister Tiny ( nearly 88 ) Yes she reallly had a full live and I recognice many characteristics A generation that learned to devolope courage in their childhood And that s what it is all about Courage to live in a way as God wishes And so we can be happy that our Creator promises us in the Holy Word that death is just a temporary sleep and people are made and can live for ever . The book Revelation in chapter 21 vers 3,4 tells us about a ressurection of the death So this means that we can meet Wies again This is a beautifull thought and gives hope for the future Feel free to see what these words can do for everyone at Thanks to everyone Especially Eliane en Craig who took care for mother all these years With love Esther & Wiel

Dear Family, I knew your mam en grandma as "tante Wies". I'm the oldest granddaughter from tante Anna. I met tante Wies 2 times in my life. The first time was in Swier, she visited my grandma and we had some nice talks even in Dutch.She loved to talk en my grandma was so happy to see her sister, they had a very lovely time with al her brothers en sisters.The last time i saw her during her last visit to Holland.She visited my grandma at the carehome and they all knew that is was her last visit to her family. It was very nice and it made my grandma very happy. I want to send you much strenght and love, because it's hard to miss your mam and grandmother. I miss my grandma "tante Anna" every day.I like to think that the 3 Kickken Sisters Agnes,Anna en Wies en their brother Zef may have a bless all togehter in Haeven.And will watch over all of the members of our "Kickken" Family. We want to give you our condolances, and send you much greetings and love.Also in name of my parents Miets en Huub Wiekken-Heugen. Annon & Maurice.

A lot of loss with your mother and grandmother may she rest in peace Heel veel sterkte met hetverlies van tante wies Frits en Agnes Weijermans- Habets Vaesrade

Mrs Rubingh, thank you for your kindness and your warm welcome each time I had the pleasure to be in your presence. I believe you knew how much I enjoyed our time together, and especially when you would share your experiences with me, you were always very knowledgeable! You are a beautiful soul and you will always be! I may not have seen you for a very long time but you were never far from my thoughts, especially when Peter, Cheryl and I would reminisce of you, it would always make me smile! You will be forever in my heart! God Bless! To Marie, Eleanne, Peter and all of the family, please know that you all are in my thoughts and I am sending my love! God Bless!

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