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Obituary: Idell A. Ebbens

July 1, 1940 – August 29, 2022

Information provided by Smits Funeral Home

Idell A. EbbensIdell A. Ebbens, nee Douma, age 82, of South Holland, IL, passed away peacefully Monday, August 29, 2022. Beloved wife of Wayne Ebbens. Loving mother of Linda (Don) Miltzow, Jane (Ken) DeVries, Dave (Jori) Ebbens, and Steve (Dianne) Ebbens. Devoted grandmother of Tim (Brooke) Miltzow, Jeff (Rita) Miltzow, Courtney (Garrick) Stryker, Jim (Holly) Haitsma, late Laura Haitsma, Kalee (Hannah) DeVries, Ashley (Dan) Krygsheld, Kelsey Ebbens, Noah Ebbens, Austin Ebbens, Colton Ebbens, Abby Ebbens, and Jia Ebbens; great-grandmother of Addy, Anna, Reese, Graham, Collins, Felicity, Johanna, Ezra, Roman, Olivia, Landon, and Elliot. Dear sister of Marty (Laurie) Douma. Preceded in death by her parents Harold and Nellie Douma.

Idell had a passion for Elim Christian School — the Elim Dorm Christmas party, being a Key Lady for many, many years, and helping with the Elim Bazaar and then Dutchfest, where she fixed all the storefront flower boxes and worked in the Bakeri shop. Her love for flowers and flower gardening was immense. This love came from her father and spilled over to her children and grandchildren!

Visitation Friday, September 2, 2022, from 9 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11:30 a.m. at Thorn Creek Reformed Church, 1875 E. 170th Street, South Holland, IL, with Rev. Dan Ebbens officiating. Memorial contributions may be given to Elim Christian Services (13020 Central Avenue, Crestwood, IL 60418). Arrangements entrusted to Smits Funeral Home – Dyer, IN. For further information please contact 219-322-7300 or visit

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