Obituary: Wilma Ruth Flikkema

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Wilma Ruth Cok, Sinnema, Flikkema passed away on Friday April 22, 2022 at her eternal home in paradise. She loved her Lord and thanked him every day.

She was born in Bozeman, MT to Henry and Trinia Cok on September 19, 1930. She was the youngest of four brothers, joining Steven, Jake and John.

She attended Manhattan Christian School until 10th grade, then spent a year at Grand Rapids Christian High School, returning home and graduating from Manhattan High School in 1949.

She married Norman J Sinnema in 1951, they lived in Bozeman.

After losing her mother to a heart attack just before her first child was born, they moved back to Churchill where she was a stay-at-home mom.

They were blessed with five children, Shelley, Lee, Terry, Tami and Bonnie. Norman died aged 38 from a brain tumor that had caused blindness.

She trusted in the Lord who gave her peace as she faced the reality of returning to work to support her family and send her five children to a Christian school.

She began working as a secretary at Manhattan Christian School, where the students became her lifelong friends.

As miracles happened, she knew the Lord was with her. One of the first was a visit from a gentleman who brought him a $100 bill because someone had done the same for him when his son died. He said you don’t need to pay me back, give it to someone else when you can. God blessed her and she was able to pass it on for 45 years.

In 1973 she married Lloyd Flikkema and children, Clary, Liz, Gary, Stan and Ted joined the family.

Losing her son, Lee, to a heart attack at the age of 25 was her greatest heartache. She drew closer to the Lord and used that experience to walk with others who were going through great pain. She sponsored a child and volunteered at Big Sky Kids Cancer Camp for 25 years, making many new friends.

She loved music and at 16 she started playing the organ in her church and teaching piano. She was proud of the many piano students she had taught over the years. She had many hobbies, including woodworking, stained glass, and her favorite, oil painting.

She and Lloyd enjoyed traveling to all states including Hawaii which was her favorite and even Europe.

She celebrated her 90th birthday with her family in Yellowstone National Park, her favorite place to visit since she was a child.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Steve; husbands, Norman and Lloyd; and his son, Lee.

She loved people and had many friends, her closest being her brothers, Jake and John, and their wives, Nelle and Barb. The six of them have enjoyed lunch together every Tuesday for years.

She had an open door policy entertaining newcomers to the church, school community and Churchill retirement home.

Now she worships her Lord in Heaven, Hallelujah!

Internment will take place at Churchill Cemetery at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 27, followed by a Celebration of Life at Manhattan Christian Reformed Church in Churchill at 11:00 a.m.

Memoirs in the name of Wilma Flikkema may be made at Manhattan Christian School, 8000 Churchill Rd., Manhattan, MT 59741.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com [dokkennelson.com]

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