A Sacred Moment


Jeanette Thirza de Quilettes

September 28, 1938 - November 08, 2010

"You will always be the best part of us..."

Proceeded in death by her father Eduard Hermes and her brothers Stephan, Ben and Jakobus Hermes. Survived by her husband of almost 50 years Dick F.deQuilettes, her mother Julianna Straver-Hermes-Theys, age 99, brother Rolf Hermes, her son Donny James and grandchildren Monique, Raquel and Luke (Mother Holli deQuilettes), daughter Cynthia Joy and son-in-law Byron Hansen.

Being born in Indonesia in 1938, and surviving the Japanese occupation of World War II, her family moved to Holland in 1953 by ship, a journey taking over a month, going through the Suez Canal. She graduated from high school in 1956, and then worked at an insurance company form 1957-59. Next she worked at a Christian school from 1959-61. She also sang in the local Pentecostal church of Amsterdam where her father pastored, and there caught the eye of a young sailor, later to her future husband Dick deQuilettes in 1959. After waiting 18 month for Dick to return from his tour of duty, Dick asked for her hand in marriage from his soon to be mother-in-law, since Jeanette’s father had recently passed away, and they were wed on December 4, 1961.

After only six months of marriage, they immigrated along with their life-long friends and family, Stephan and Ria Hermes to Edmonds,WA. There they started their new family and had a son, Donny James and daughter, Cynthia Joy. Jeanette had a loving heart for people, and always liked to have fun. She also was a practical joker who used sneezing powder and icy-hot on her friends. After seeing the “American Dream” of owning a home come true, God directed them to the mission field. They partnered with Bethel Temple of Seattle and Jeanette went back to the land of her origin, and supported her husband in the Bible school from 1977-82. She was living out the life of a Proverbs 31 woman, and came back to the States to see her children finish high school.

For the next 20 years she was a homemaker at their residence in Edmonds, also helping her husband with their business, and many times she helped watch and raise her lovely grandchildren. In 2002 she became involved with the nursing home ministry of Westgate Chapel and moved out to Snohomish, WA to be closer to her grandchildren whom she dearly loved. She did this with a Godly passion until her death. She passed away peacefully in her home in Snohomish on November 8, 2010. She went far too quickly. We will miss you dearly Mom, but you will always be the best part of us.


A Celebration of Life was held on November 13, 2010 at 11:00 AM, at Westgate Chapel in Edmonds, Washington.


Donations can be made out and mailed to: Westgate Chapel, 22901 Edmonds Way, Edmonds WA 98020.

They will be divided amongst three organizations that Jeanette loved. 1) Local church in Batu, East Java, Indonesia (Pastor Flor Daniels) 2) Local church in Njimegen, the Netherlands (Pastor Tim Then) and 3) Nursing Ministry of Westgate Chapel Edmonds WA United States of America.


Looking into the portals of eternity

Looking into the portals of eternity teaches that the brotherhood of man is inspired by God's word; Then all prejudice of race vanishes away.

George Washington

Psalm 71:17-24

Oh God, You have taught me from my youth;
And to this day I declare Your wondrous works.
Now also when I am old and grayheaded,
O God, do not forsake me,
Until I declare Your strength to this generation,
Your power to everyone who is to come.
Also Your righteousness, O God, is very high,
You who have done great things;
O God, who is like You?
You, who have shown me great and severe troubles,
Shall revive me again,
And bring me up again from the depths of the earth,
You shall increase my greatness,
And comfort me on every side.
Also with the lute I will praise You-
And Your faithfulness, O my God!
To You I will sing with the harp,
O Holy One of Israel.
My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing to You,
And my soul, which You have redeemed.
My tongue also shall talk of Your righteousness all the day long;
For they are confounded,
For they are brought to shame
Who seek my hurt.

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