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A member of one of the first families to move to Yarrow has passed away November 28, 1959 in the Chilliwack General Hospital.

She was Mrs. Elizabeth Giesbrecht, who resided at 42012 Central Road, Yarrow at the time of her passing. Mrs. Giesbrecht was born November 13, 1886 Altonau, Molotschna, South Russia and moved to Yarrow in 1928. She married Peter P. Giesbrecht on March 31, 1905 in Terek Colony, Caucasus, South Russia. Twelve children were born to them: Elizabeth, Margaret, Peter, Elizabeth Vera, Mary, David, Susie, Gertrude, Cornelius, Helena, John and George. Their first child Elizabeth was born April 16, 1906 and passed away September 17, 1906, and their last child; George was born July 20, 1928 and passed away Aug 1, 1928.

Funeral service was held December 3, 1959 at the Yarrow Mennonite Brethren Church. Rev. Peter Neufeld officiated assisted by Rev. A.H. Unruh and Rev. Rudy Janzen.

Pallbearers were her grandsons: David Giesbrecht, Harry Derksen, David Dahl, Arthur Friesen, John Giesbrecht and Jack Derksen.

She is survived by her husband Peter P. Giesbrecht; four sons: Peter (Aganetha); David (Lydia); Cornelius (Naomi); and Johnny (Beatrice); six daughters: Margaret (Henry) Derksen, Yarrow; Susie (Jacob G.) Derksen, Yarrow; Elizabeth (Jake) Dahl, Arnold, BC; Mary (Abe) Friesen, Aldergrove; Gertrude (John) Abrahams, Prince George; and Helena (Peter) Isaak, Oliver, B.C.; 48 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; two brothers: Cornelius C. Wittenberg, Los Angeles; Peter Wittenberg, Blaine, Washington; three sisters: Mrs. Peter Klassen; Mrs. George Friesen and Mrs. Frank Dyck, all of California.

Garden Chapel Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements and interment was at Yarrow Cemetery.

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