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Marie Jean De Vries

Obituary for Marie Jean De Vries

April 8, 1933 - September 27, 2020
Holland, Michigan | Age 87


Marie Jean De Vries, age 87, of Holland, passed away peacefully on September 27, 2020.

Marie was born in Sulley, Iowa on April 8, 1933 to John C. and Jennie (Spoelstra) Geenen. Marie graduated from Holland Christian Schools and was married on September 4, 1952 to her loving husband and best friend for 68 years, Donald W. De Vries, while Don was serving in the U.S. Army. They moved to Lansing, MI, in 1972, where she was employed by the State of Michigan Department of Human Services. Upon returning to Holland, MI in 1983, she was employed at A.C. Geenen Construction Company as a receptionist. She and Don spent 10 years volunteering for the American Red Cross. Their last assignment was at "911" in New York City, 2001. She was also a member of the H.A.S.P. Women's Literary Club. Marie will be fondly remembered as someone who enjoyed making new friends, staying in touch with her long-time friends and extended family as well as traveling, baking and entertaining at her home. She participated in church choirs for over 50 years. God's praises continue on!

She was preceded in death by sisters, Sophia Hamberg, and Betty Beyer; brothers, Adrian Geenen, and Dick Geenen; and in-laws, Pete Beyer, Jean Geenen, and Jack De Vries.

She was deeply loved by her children, Jan and John Ubels of Jenison, MI, Phil and Gayle (Triemstra) De Vries of Holland, MI, Mark and Jewel (Purdy) De Vries of Ellicott City, MD; nine grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; sister, Cornelia Dokter; brother, John and Louise Geenen; brother-in-law, Jim Hamberg; and sisters-in-law, Ann Geenen, and Esther De Vries.

The funeral will be by invitation at Christ Memorial Church with Rev. Steven Vander Molen officiating. Burial will be in Pilgrim Home Cemetery.

The family is grateful for the loving and respectful care Marie received from her Hospice of Holland team and the staff at the American House in Holland. Memorial gifts may be given to Holland Christian Schools and Hospice of Holland. Arrangements are by Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home and condolences may be left online at

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315 E 16th St
Holland, MI 49423
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