Van Willegen – Elisabeth C. (Avis) Born January 9th, 1921 in Haarlemmermeer, The Netherlands. She was the daughter of the late Frederik and Maartje (Voogt) Avis. She was a devoted wife to Johannes Van Willegen for 49 and a half years and who predeceased her in 1997. Predeceased by granddaughter Racheal Elisabeth Van Meekeren in 2000. Survived by her children Frederik Van Willegen, Mary Van Willegen and Grace (Steve) Van Meekeren. Sadly missed by 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Also survived by many nieces and nephews in The Netherlands. She was the last surviving member of her generation. Betty worked at the Memorial Hospital until her retirement in 1986. After retirement, she became a member of the YMCA and became an avid swimmer.
The family will receive friends at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas on Thursday from 2:30 to 4:30 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Bethel United Reformed Church, Aylmer on Friday at 1:00 p.m. Interment will take place at Forest Lawn Cemetery on Friday at 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations will be gratefully accepted for the Alzheimer Society of Elgin, the Canadian Cancer Society or charity of choice.