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Joyce Walters Brinkman

Obituary for Joyce Walters Brinkman

April 28, 1940 - December 4, 2021
Zeeland, Michigan | Age 81


Joyce Walters Brinkman, 81, of Zeeland, passed away Saturday, December 4, 2021, following a brief leukemia illness. Joyce was looking forward to celebrating her first Christmas in Heaven.

Joyce was born April 28, 1940, in Zeeland, to Harry and Julia (Timmerman) Peters. She graduated from Zeeland High School and later married Floyd Walters. Joyce worked with Floyd and her son Arlan in a family business that employed hundreds of young people for over 40 years. They propagated perennials first at their home and later onsite for Walters Gardens. The Walters were members of Bethel CRC in Zeeland. Floyd preceded her in death in 1984. She married John Brinkman in 1988 and they became members of Maplewood Reformed Church. Mr. Brinkman preceded her in death in 2005.

Joyce was an active and faithful volunteer with Meals on Wheels, Zeeland Hospital, and served as an elder at Maplewood Reformed Church. Joyce loved quilting for her family and friends, but for over 50 years she made thousands of quilts for missions around the world. She made each of them all on the same sewing machine.

She was also preceded in death by an infant daughter Rhonda Joy Walters, brothers and sisters-in-law: Harvey and Della Peters, Burtin Peters, Glenn Peters, and Shirley Peters; and a step-son Timothy Brinkman.

She is survived by her sons: Arlan and Lorna Walters, Randy Walters, Keith and Konie Walters; grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Jon and Lisa Walters(Weston, Rhett), Joel and Michelle Walters(Braden, Derek, Natalie), Josh and Amy Walters( Vanessa), Jillyssa and Casey Wesseldyke(Kennedi), Anna and Nick Rillema(Colton, Chet) Rachel and Randy Palmbos(Abel, Silas), Julie and Bob Dykstra; Step-son: Jim and Vicki Brinkman, step-grandchildren & step-great-grandchildren: Geoff and Angie Brinkman(Hannah, Isaac, Maddy, Harrison, Jackson), Shannon and John Teacherout(Maddy, Andrew), Laura and Jason Shafer( Austin, Aaliyah, Jayce, Alana); brother Harold and Elaine Peters, in-laws: Janet and Carl Immink, Wilma Busscher, Henry and Connie Walters, Harold Walters, Jason and Barb Walters, and many extended family members.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm, Wednesday, December 8, 2021, at Maplewood Reformed Church, 133 E. 34th Street, Holland MI 49423. Visitation will be 6:30-8:30 pm, Tuesday, also at Maplewood Ref. Church. Interment will be in Zeeland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Compassionate Heart Ministries, and the Bible League International.

Arrangements are by the Yntema Funeral Home, 251 South State Street, Zeeland MI 49464.

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