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DOERKSEN, Elizabeth

There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the former things have passed away." (Revelation 21:4b)

After a lengthy time of suffering, the Heavenly Father called His tired child home on July 9, 1973. Many came to share in the celebration of her life, which took place on July 14 in the Clearbrook M.B. Church.

Our Pastor, Brother Herman Lenzmann opened the funeral service with prayer. He read John 11: 25-2, directed words of comfort to the sorrowing family, and welcomed all guests. The Male choir sang the song: "I want to be there at the Roll Call". Brother H. Lenzmann had chosen Psalm 121 as the text for his message. He explained that through God's grace has enabled us to set our feet on the way of Life. While on this way, we are protected and carried by His grace. Like hills of salvation to which we can lift our eyes, God's promises stand before us. God's grace accompanies us through this life and leads us into eternity. Sister Doerksen accepted this grace which allowed her remain firm in her faith to the end. The Male Choir now sang the song: "I will meet you at the Eastern Gate".

Brother H.F. Klassen used Hebrews 4: 1-2 as the basis of his message. He pointed to the rest that God has promised His people. He drew attention to the danger of missing this rest and pointed to the great joy of those who have entered this rest. Sister Doerksen, whose life included much distress, work, and struggles of various types, may now enjoy her well-earned rest. Brother H. Lenzmann read the obituary and the Male Choir sang, "We are going down the valley one by one" as its last song.

Brother H.F. Klassen led in a closing prayer.

This was followed by the burial at Hazelwood Cemetery.


My dear wife Elizabeth Doerksen was born February 17, 1894 in Reinfeld, Sagradowka, South Russia. Her parents were Abraham and Gertrude (Epp) Peters. Here she spent the years of her childhood and youth. In the year 1911, she accepted Jesus as her Saviour. On June 1, 1916, she entered into marriage with me, Gerhard H. Doerksen. We were married in the home of her parents by Rev. Jacob Pankratz. Our wedding text was Revelation 2:10 "Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life."

On May 9, 1920, we were baptized by Rev. Jacob Janzen in the river and accepted into the Orloffer [Mennonite] Allianz Church. On September 30, 1926, we left Russia and landed in Quebec, Canada on October 29, 1926. We lived in Borden, Saskatchewan for 1 years and for 6 years in Yarrow B.C. In Yarrow, we joined the M.B. Church and while there experienced many blessings. In 1934, we moved to Clearbrook, B.C. Since 1957, my dear wife has suffered several strokes and heart attacks. In 1963, she lost her sight and was blind for 9 years and 10 months.

I have been allowed to care for my dear Liese during this whole time and she was allowed to enter her heavenly rest from our own home. She suffered a stroke on July 5 and was allowed to leave her earthly body on July 9. Released from all that is earthly, she will now be seeing the Lord Jesus with her own eyes.

We lived in holy matrimony for 57 years, 1 month and 9 days. She was predeceased by three sons and 3 daughters. She leaves behind me, her husband, 5 sons, 3 sons-in-law, 4 daughters, 6 daughters-in-law, 33 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, one sister, Gertrude, with her husband Franz P. Toews, Yarrow, B.C., and many relatives and friends.

All her sons, all her daughters, all her daughters-in-law, 2 sons-in-law (the third one could not attend because of circumstances), 23 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, were able to attend the funeral.

The sorrowing husband: G.H. Doerksen and Family
Written on his behalf by H. Janzen, Correspondent


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