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Alyvia Ann Elling

Alyvia Ann Elling, age 20, of Zeeland, beautiful daughter of Mark and Terri Elling, was called home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 as a result of accidental injuries.  Alyvia was a loving daughter and sister with a determined spirit and a self-less heart who took joy in being there for others.  Her passion and her love for horses had limitless bounds and was evident to all who knew her.  She was preceded in death by her grandpa, Don Elling and her aunt, Brenda Elling.  She will also be lovingly remembered by her sisters and brothers, Madalyn, Samuel, Joshua, Silas, and Karis Elling; grandparents, Bob and Wanda Miedema, Marge Elling and Norm Dykman; great grandmother, Beatrice Gryzen; many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and numerous dear friends.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday 11 am at Grace Community Church, 3500 New Holland, Hudsonville.  Interment Forest Grove Cemetery.  Relatives and friends may meet the family Friday from 5-9 pm at Matthysse-Kuiper-DeGraaf Funeral Home (Grandville) 4145 Chicago Dr. SW and on Saturday from 10-10:50 am at the church prior to the service.  Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Alyvia Elling Memorial Fund, c/o 5/3 Bank, 2855 Port Sheldon, Hudsonville, MI  49426.

  1. Heaven has a beautiful Dressage Angel now!She will be greatly missed!May the good Lord heal and guide the family through this tough time..

    - Sue Reiser
  2. I am honored to have known such a beautiful young lady! Her passion for people and horses was beyond measure. May she ride free in eternity. The Lord is our almighty strength and source of peace. May He embrace the family with his comfort through their grief!

    - Katie Grzybowski
  3. Mark, Terri and Family,
    Jim and I are so heartbroken for your loss. Alyvia was such a joy and beautiful young lady. Please know we will uphold you all in our prayers. We are in Florida so will not be able to attend the memorial service but we will never forget her. We love you all.

    - Jim and Ruth Ankney
  4. Mark,Teri and family? Continuing to pray for you all. May God surround you with His love and His people to comfort you during this very sad time?

    - Mary Visser
  5. The light Alyvia was to the world does not go out, rather shines bright in heaven today. Our prayers continue for you all that you feel the grace, peace and strength of God.

    - Rev. Daniel and Sherry Search
  6. I worked with Alyvia for a short time at Benchmark Farm. She was always such a delight to be around – sweet, engaging, hardworking and so very passionate about those ponies. After we both left Benchmark, I really enjoyed watching her chase her dreams through Facebook. She really seemed to have led a happy and fulfilling life here on earth. My deepest condolences to you, her dear family and friends. Heaven has gained quite an angel.

    - Liz Burgess
  7. We only ever spoke to Alyvia briefly, but we will always remember seeing her and her sister week after week at Circle J, doing what she loved best. May God comfort you all like only He can until you see your precious girl again. .

    - Scott and Holly Gilliam
  8. Marge, we are so sorry to hear about the loss of a your granddaughter. We both know the pain, We will pray for you and your family! God Bless All! ?

    - Don & Ginny Jackson, friends from Croton?
  9. I did not know Alyvia rreal well, but met her and the family while attending classes at Paws With A Cause. It was obvious her love of animals. Heaven now has a new angel and we all have our memories. my thoughts and prayers are with the family. God Bless

    - Connie Bowne
  10. Mark,Terri and Family of Alyvia Ann Elling
    I didn’t know her, but my dad worked at the cows where she used to work! She was an amazing you lady. She is now an angel in heaven looking down at us right now. We love you guys! We will continue to pray for her we love her. <3

    - Jasmine Villalobos
  11. Mark, Terry and family

    We are so sorry for your loss. We would have come to the visitation but my brother died this morning. We are thinking and praying for you.
    Bob & Linda De Weerd
    your old neighbors

    - Bob and Linda Dr Weerd
  12. Praying for your family!!

    - Ruth Kaercher
  13. I miss you so much Alyvia, being hired in at the same time was the biggest blessing. I have never met someone who had such big goals (and a bigger heart and smile) and would do anything and everything to meet them. You taught me so much in our short time together. I always looked forward to our days scheduled together. I know you’ll still be laughing at all the questions I ask about English and all the dumb things I say. I love you bud… It’s not goodbye, it’s see you later. ❤️

    - Lauren Heyboer
  14. We are very sorry for your loss your family are in are thoughts and prayers.

    - Jeff and Michelle Landaal & family
  15. Dear family & friends of Alyvia,

    We have lost another in the beloved horse community but she’s gone but never forgotten! May Alyvia fly free in the clouds of heaven keeping watch over her beloved friends family & horse friends she met along her journey! Heaven has gained one of the most beautiful angels ! May she she never be forgotten!

    - Jen Johnson
  16. Prayers for strength and peace in this time of great challenge.

    - Scott Wesseldyke
  17. Dear Mark, Terri, and Family,
    We are so, so sorry to read about the so-sudden homegoing of Alyvia! Our hearts break for you all, as we know yours are broken. Please know that we grieve with you….yet with the sure hope that she is enjoying seeing her Lord Jesus face to face.
    Larry, Keri and Samantha Lee

    - Larry, Keri & Samantha Lee
  18. Dear Parents of Alyvia
    You will not recognize my name, but I am a long-ago best childhood friend of Alyvia’s Grandmother Wanda Gryzen Miedema. I live north of Chicago & was visiting my daughter in Holland Mi when I saw that your daughter had passed away & that I knew her Grandmother,Wanda & Great Grandmother, Beatrice. I want to send my sympathy & love to all of you. My husband, Jim, joins me in prayers for your family. I don’t mean this to be about me, but this is the first time I’ve had any information about my little friend Wanda Lou and 2nd Mother Beat all those years ago. Please pass on my love and hope for contact to them. We are praying for strength and peace for you. God Bless you.

    - Marilyn Kunkel Borgman

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