Ma 2014-05
Betsy Mellema
  • 81 years old
  • Date of birth: Jan 11, 1934
  • Place of birth:
    Benoni, South Africa
  • Date of passing: Nov 20, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Centurion, South Africa
God het my bevry en met ewige vrede geseen

This memorial website was created in memory of our beloved mother, Betsy Mellema, 81, born on January 11, 1934 and passed away on November 20, 2015. We will remember her forever.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Linda Fullard on 19th November 2016

"Sjoe, dis al 'n jaar.
As die huisfoon lui, verwag ek Ma se stem, as ek by Karen se huis instap verwag ek om Ma daar te sien. Wanneer ek uitnodigings doen, soos nou vir die Kersete wil my hand Ma se naam op die lys skryf.
Ma se plek is leeg."

This tribute was added by Linda Fullard on 11th January 2016

"Op Ma se verjaardag.
Daar is nie 'n graf of 'n steen nie. Maar daar is 'n koppie in die ooste van Pretoria waar die laaste stof nou in die wind kan dans."

This tribute was added by Linda Fullard on 7th December 2015

"Dear Linda, Paul and Karin, It was indeed sad news when I woke-up this morning and  read your e-mail. For all of you I feel sorry  that this happened to your dear mother. Although she was fragile after her heart attack there was always hope that she could overcome her illness to stay with you longer.
I have never met Betsy, but for years while my aunt Frieda was still alive we stayed in contact and we got to know each other. She was a courageous mother who alone raised all three of you. She was a role- model for all of you!
That she had some good years with Jan Mellema was a gift for her that she truly deserved.
To let your mother go will never be easy even though we know that it will happen some day. You will never forget her and I know that not a day will pass without thinking about  her in everything what you do.  
You will wish to ask her about things and would like to let her help you solve a problem. The love and tools to do that were given to you years ago, use them and let the memories of her comfort you everyday.
I want you to know I am thinking about you and wish you strenght in this difficult time.  With love, Ina de Wit- Eschauzier."

This tribute was added by Karen Luyt on 25th November 2015

"Oma

Dankie vir die bou-blokkies,
Dankie vir die rummi-cup,
Dankie dat my teddies
met Oma sin kon speel.

Dankie vir die koeldrank,
Dankie vir die tee,
Dankie vir die sjokolades op die tafel
vir ons om te deel.

Ek gaan Oma mis,
Ek mis Oma al klaar,
Maar ek is dankbaar dat Oma nou
in die Hemel kan baljaar

Met Liefde
Anette Kemp (Krabbendam)
Kleindogter"

This tribute was added by Karen Luyt on 25th November 2015

"Lieve Betsy,

Geschrokken ben ik toen ik door je zoon Paul in kennis werd gesteld van je overlijden.
Wij hebben zeer vele jaren een heel goede vriendschap met elkaar mogen onderhouden.
Heel fijn persoonlijk contact bij jouw bezoeken aan Holland. Maar nog heel veel meer keren fijne en plezierige e-mailwisselingen. Daaruit bleek mij dat je in heel veel zaken geïnteresseerd was. Op de TV keek je vaak naar uitzendingen vanuit Holland, waar we dan over mailden. Ook over wereldnieuws, nieuws uit Zuid-Afrika, nieuws over de familie en over nog heel veel meer interessante zaken hebben wij gemaild.
Ik zal jouw mails dan ook erg missen.

Lieve Betsy, jou een laatste vaarwel toegewenst door je neef Han Eschauzier."

This tribute was added by Karen Luyt on 25th November 2015

"2015 November  22  

Tribute to Betsy Mellema

Hi,

Linda,  Karen,  &  Paul  

Your mother and I were close colleagues for 15 years --- maybe  a little more.  She was a very special person and I am sure she is remembered by many colleagues.  Betsy was held in respect because she was reliable and her work was of a high standard.

Betsy had a good sense of humour which endeared her to the people with whom she worked and those to whom she supplied a service.  She often had something witty to say to them.  I count myself as fortunate to have been able to work together with Betsy for so many years.  

As a widow, it was not easy bringing up 3 children.  Betsy wanted them to do well which they did.  She was very proud of them and was pleased at how well they performed when starting off in their careers.  In due course, her children married and presented her with grandchildren whom she enjoyed.  

Betsy used to visit her mother when she was in hospital for a long time.  During this period she met Jan Mellema.  Betsy’s subsequent marriage to Jan brought her much happiness as they shared retirement together in their flat in Lynnwood.

Regards,

Janet & Ian Rodger

Cape Town"

This tribute was added by Karen Luyt on 25th November 2015

"Net om dankie te se vir die ouerhuis waar ons as kinders groot geword het:

Vir al die klavierlesse, kinderteater, swemlesse, fietse en vakansies – baie dankie!

Vir al die nagwake met siektes, rondry na dokters, luister na tirades – baie dankie!

Vir al die koop van klere, kosmaak en betaal vir alles – baie dankie!

Vir die werk – ook voldag – vir beplan en spaar en worry – baie dankie!

Vir die huis en tuiste wat Ma geskep het met al die luxuries (en daar was baie glo vir my!)  – baie dankie

Daar is nog soveel goed wat net te veel is om op te noem ons kan net weereens se: baie dankie!

(Soos gegee aan Ma op 7 Jan 2010)"

This tribute was added by Karen Luyt on 25th November 2015

"“Do not stand at my grave and weep...” - Anon

Staan nie by my graf en ween
Ek slaap nie daar – is nie onder die steen
Ek is in die wind wat jou omvou
Ek is in die glim van sonlig op die dou
Ek is die warmte in die someraand
Ek is die koelte van ‘n herfsmaand
Wanneer jy in oggendstilte ontwaak
Dink aan God wat jou ook aanraak
Sien die voels wat in die lug ronddans
En die sterre met hul sagte glans
Staan nie by my graf en ween
God het my bevry en met ewige vrede geseen."


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