Marian Van Dyke: 1935 – 2016
Marian Van Dyke
1935 – 2016
On Tuesday morning July 26, 2016, with her family at her side, Marian Van Dyke, 81, peacefully breathed her last and went on to everlasting glory with her faithful Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Marian was the second of three children born to John and Catherine Kamps on May 14, 1935. She was born at home in the dry hills of Anceny and Amsterdam, MT. She attended Manhattan Christian School and Manhattan High School. As a teenager, she started dating the neighbor boy, Clarence Van Dyke, and soon after they fell in love. Clarence joined the army and Marian began working to earn money in anticipation for her marriage. She worked for Dr. Erick
son and Bozeman Deaconess Hospital. She and Clarence were married on May 19, 1953, at Bozeman Christian Reformed Church.
They were happily married for 63 years. Her dream was to have children and they had four together: John, Keit
h, Debra and Lee. Marian was a true helpmate to Clarence, working in whatever capacity necessary to support several farming and ranching endeavors. She was involved with and a valuable asset to their career in registered Black Angus at the Van Dyke Angus Ranch. Marian was well known for her ability to make delicious meals and baked goods for visitors and company at a moment’s notice.
Marian really enjoyed knitting, crocheting, quilting, cooking and gardening. She was well known for her cinnamon rolls and potato salad. She also loved to have fun and play practical jokes. She was involved in several committees at Manhattan Christian School and invested time in church ministries for young women. Marian worked for many years at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital as a nurse’s aide on the obstetrics floor and nursery. Later in life she became very involved in Bible Study Fellowship as one of the first leaders of BSF in Bozeman. She participated for over 20 years and was a mentor and mother figure to many women through the ministry. Marian had a positive influence on others by taking a personal interest in their lives.
Marian took great joy in her eleven grandchildren. She gave special attention to each grandchild individually, making time for yearly outings, overnight stays, and trips. She was also blessed with thirteen great-grandchildren.
Marian’s earthly goals never overshadowed her eternal goals. Her eternal perspective permeated every aspect of her life. It started where it should, with her prayer life. Marian was a prayer warrior, never hesitating to take full advantage of the incomprehensible resource we have in being able to bring everything to God in prayer. She prayed for the spouses of her children and grandchildren when they were still in the womb. She prayed and yearned for the salvation of her children and her grandchildren. Her marriage, work, study life, church life and her daily fruit exemplified a person who sought the Lord’s Will in all things.
Marian is survived by her husband, Clarence Van Dyke, and all of her children and their families: John (Eileen) Van Dyke: Kevin and Christy Repasky [Madison, Reagan, Levi], Derek and Marie Dyk [Cole, Ian, Leah], Dustin and Jill [Bailey, Caleb, Carter]; Keith (Evelyn) Van Dyke: Mark and Jennifer Underhill [Cora], Cairn and Laura Clark, Alex and Katie Smith [Henry]; Debra (Sid) Schutter: Jesse and Megan Kemp [Kellan], Timothy and Monica [Gloria]; Lee (Shirlee) Van Dyke: Brittnee, Jaynee, Lindsee.
“And I—in righteousness, I will see your face; When I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.” Psalm 17:15
Visitation was Friday, July 29 at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service.
Interment will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 30 at Churchill Cemetery with memorial service following at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Bible Church in Bozeman.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made in Marian’s name to Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) at bsfinternational.org or to the charity of your choice.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. http://www.dokkennelson.com.