Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength Nehemiah 8:10
On September 7, 2018 God called Elma home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
She leaves to mourn her loving daughters Lynn (Richard) Ferguson and grandson Robert Ferguson; Maria (Michael) Hillmer and granddaughter Sarah (Mark) Strickler and great-grandchildren Madison, Lukas and Merik. Her sisters Daisy and Eileen as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Elma was predeceased by her beloved husband Bob, her parents Jack and Ethel Knipe, her siblings Marshall, Orville, Amy, Ken, Margaret, Vera and Doris.
Elma was born in Lady Smith, Quebec. She was the 7th of 10 children born to John “Jack” and Ethel Knipe. She had 3 brothers and 6 sisters. She grew up in Campbell’s Bay, Quebec in a loving, close-knit family and would happily share her cherished memories about growing up in the Knipe clan. Elma moved to Ottawa to attend nursing school and graduated from The Grace Hospital with her nursing certificate in 1941. She was an excellent nurse and continued to use those skills throughout her life. In 1951 she entered the business world as an Administrative assistant and worked her way up to Supervisor of 16 girls. She met the love of her life, Robert van’t Hoff, and was married on September 25, 1954 and celebrated 60 years of marriage. Theirs was an epic love story. They settled in Edmonton in 1967 and purchased their first home in 1973. Their home was filled with much love and laughter. Their door was always open and over the years welcomed many, many people into their home. A visit would not be complete unless Elma fed you with her homemade buns or biscuits and her baking. Elma was the heart of our home. She was truly a Proverbs 31 woman. She worked hard at whatever she did, teaching her family the value of hard work and integrity. She had an incredible faith in her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and that faith was the basis of who she was and what she did. She was never too busy to sit and listen when someone needed to talk. She was a great encourager. She would have wonderful words of wisdom but was always gentle when she needed to correct. Elma was the personification of grace. She had a great capacity to love and she loved unconditionally; that love was available to anyone who was willing to receive it. She was content no matter her circumstance and she enjoyed life. She was a kind and gentle lady always ready with a smile and a kind word. We will forever miss her sparkling blue eyes, her quick wit, her independent spirit, her optimistic attitude and her generous and loving heart. But most of all we will miss her deep abiding faith and the faithful love and prayers she had for her family.
We would like to say a special thank-you to all the residents and staff at the Lodge in the Allen Gray where Elma lived independently.
As per Elma’s request there will be no funeral or memorial service.
Donations to honour Elma and her life can be made to Hope Mission at hopemission.com/donate or PO Box 953, Edmonton, AB T5J 2LB.