Alice Prins

  • Born: March 11, 1932
  • Died: September 16, 2020
  • Location: Zeeland, Michigan

Yntema Funeral Home

251 S State St
Zeeland, MI 49464
Tel. (616) 772-2173

Tribute & Message From The Family

Alice Prins, 88, left this earth for her heavenly home on September 16, 2020. She demonstrated amazing strength and kindness towards others while experiencing a series of illnesses over the past several years. Her love of her family and friends and her belief in God's grace sustained her during good times and difficult seasons and ultimately gave her a "peace that surpasses all understanding."

Alice was born to the late Otto and Anna Kamstra on March 11, 1932, in Friesland, The Netherlands. After living through the frightening experiences of World War II, which included her family sheltering members of the underground and downed allied airmen, she immigrated with her parents and younger brother to Zeeland, Michigan, in 1949. She met the love of her life, Abraham Prins, soon thereafter, when he came calling after he saw her picture welcoming the new family in the local Zeeland paper. They married in 1951.

In retrospect, Alice exhibited incredible fortitude and perseverance. She left the life and friends she knew to live in a strange, new country. She became a nanny for the people who sponsored her family, earning $6 a week while learning her third language - English. At age 20 she contracted polio and lost the use of her dominant left arm and had to learn how to write right handed. Then in 1956 her Mother passed away. Ultimately, Alice dedicated herself to being the matriarch of a large family, raising two daughters and six sons as Abraham was frequently away from home driving truck.

Alice was preceded in death by her husband Abraham in 1999. She is survived by all of her children and her many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Alice will be remembered at a graveside service in Zeeland cemetery at 10:00 AM on September 21. Family and friends are invited to attend. Should you require seating, please bring a lawn chair. The family gratefully declines flowers and donations, but prayers, condolences and memories are gladly accepted at

Condolence & Memory Journal

I remember visiting with Alice often when she lived at Royal Atrium Inn. She shared about raising a family even after the devastating effects of polio. She sometimes read me parts of letters she was writing to family in the Netherlands - I loved hearing her speak in Dutch! My sympathies and prayers are with Alice's family and loved ones. Sincerely, Cindy Nyhoff, Chaplain

Posted by Cindy Nyhoff - Zeeland, MI   September 22, 2020

Our condolences with the passing of your mom. I remember your mom inviting me over to your house, having lunch, and appreciated being with a relative, while studying at Calvin, being far from home. I remember how loving your mom and dad were, and really appreciated those times. Thank you for all the memories!

Posted by Pete Mellema - Dunnville, Ontario - Family   September 20, 2020

Dear Family, our condolences on the loss of your mom, grandmother and great-grandmother.
We also lost a great aunt. we will always remember her.

Posted by Antineke and Frans van Groenestein-Jorritsma - Sneek   September 20, 2020

Our condolences on the loss of your dear Mom and Grandma .
I remember visiting her in the mid 1970,s with my wife Beverley and found she was a very
Courages and determined woman and surely left with good memories .
Ken Vandereems (brother of Grace Mellema)

Posted by Ken VANDEREEMS I - Belleville,Ontario, canada - Family   September 19, 2020

Orville so sorry for your loss,Love and prayers for you and the family

Posted by Esrher Cantrell - Gulf Breeze, FL - Friend   September 19, 2020

Or condolences on the passing away of your mom, grandmother and great-grandmother. we also lose our special beloved and strong aunt. She was my moms only sister. We will never forget.

Posted by Catharina and Josua Jorritsma - Schiedam - Family   September 19, 2020

So sorry Cal to learn of your Mom's death. She was a kind and strong lady and we enjoyed knowing her. She is with God now and her pain is gone.

Posted by Tony & Joyce Parker - Port Charlotte, FL - Friend   September 17, 2020

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