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Obituary: DICOU, HENDRICA

Published: Saturday, Sept. 20 2014 3:08 p.m. MDT

Hendrica Copier Dicou 1930 ~ 2011

Hendrica Copier Dicou, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, returned to her Heavenly Father early Saturday morning after spending her final night on earth surrounded by family. She passed away from complications related to old age.Hendrica, known as "Hennie," was born in the idyllic village of Breukelen, Holland on Sept. 23, 1930. Though she dearly loved Holland and was always proud of her Dutch heritage, she immigrated with her sister, Marie, to Salt Lake City in 1948 to be closer to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. At age 23, she married the love of her life, John Dicou, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on her birthday in 1954. They adored each other for 56 years, and complemented each other beautifully with their opposite personalities. Hennie was shy and reserved, and fell head-over-heels for the more outgoing John, who was equally devoted to her. They enjoyed traveling and were avid game players. They could be found sitting around their kitchen table on countless evenings in their Sugar House home, battling it out in Scrabble, Yahtzee, Phase 10 and many other games with Hennie's competitive nature always shining through, adding to the fun. She spoke little English when she arrived in America at age 17, but she became a top-notch Scrabble player who was constantly breaking opponents' hearts with obscure yet high-scoring 2-letter words. Hennie was a tireless researcher of family history, who spent hundreds of afternoons poring over microfilm at the LDS Family History Library. She served many callings in the Grant 3rd Ward and held her LDS Church membership dear to her heart. She learned to knit at age 5, and, throughout her life, created dozens of intricate, perfect doilies, sweaters and stockings for her family and friends. Her knitting earned her many ribbons at the Utah State Fair. Hennie was famous throughout the Dicou family for her mouth-watering potato salad. Get-togethers weren't the same unless she had whipped up a massive vat of the delicious concoction, the recipe for which was never revealed. No matter how huge a vat she prepared, it wasn't enough. Hennie and John raised four children, Mike (Leslie), Brent (Laylene), Heidi, and Bryan (Natalie). She is survived by her four children, grandchildren Natalie, Taylor (Megan), Elizabeth, Matthew, Maxwell, Skylar, Sydney, Skyler, Taylor, Spencer, Tanner and Macady, and siblings Govert Copier, Marie Lee and Floris Copier. She held a special place in her heart for her beloved parents, Jan and Jannigje de With Copier, and for each of her nine siblings. She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter-in-law Trishelle Hawkins Dicou, siblings Geertje Copier, Trijntje Copier, Jan Copier, Geertje Roos, Jannegje Anjewierden, Hank Copier, and her best friend Lies Flink. Near the end of her life, Hennie received selfless care from her family, especially from John and Heidi, who put aside their own lives for more than a year to help Hennie be as happy and comfortable as possible. The family would like to thank caretakers Sueli and Kadee (from Silverado Senior Living) and Patches (from Highland Care Center), who made Hennie feel like a princess and who became honorary Dicous through their service. n lieu of flowers, please donate to the LDS Missionary Fund. Funeral services will be Wednesday, January 26, 2011, 12:00 p.m. at Forestview Ward, 1111 East Charlton Ave. (2815 South), Salt Lake City, Utah. Friends and family may call Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Mountain View Mortuary, 3115 East 7800 South, Cottonwood Heights, UT and again one hour prior to services at the church. Interment to immediately follow services at Mountain View Memorial Park.