Tine Thissen March 4, 1942 – January 17, 2022


Last updated 2/1/2022 at Noon

On January 17, 2022, in Maastricht, The Netherlands, our Dutch Cowgirl Tine Thissen quietly rode on her final journey into the sunset.

Born March 4, 1942 in Maastricht, Tine leaves behind her son, Mischa VanDalsen; sister, Karin Prince; grandchildren, Jesse and Renee; as well as countless family, friends, and extended family, both at home and in Sisters.

Her many years in Sisters were among the happiest of her life. She loved her work and felt like she belonged here. The mountains, the lakes, the magnificent Ponderosa trees, the wildlife… and oh, the horses! They filled her heart with joy!

Tine met so many wonderful people; made so many dear, unforgettable friends. She leaves us with loving gratitude for spirited friendships forged, and kindness shared with a

“Dutch Cowgirl.”

As a fitting close, with a minor word change, in Camp Tamarack she used to sing this little song at the campfire:

“I’m a poor lonesome cowgirl,

I’m a long, long ways from home,

And this poor lonesome cowgirl

Has got a long, long ways to go

Over mountains, over valleys,

Until the day is done

My horse and I keep riding

Into the setting sun.”


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