Nellie V. Bos was born Feb. 11, 1916 to Thomas and Jennie Veltkamp in a farmhouse on the hill just east of the Visser's Greenhouse. She attended Little Holland School and graduated from 8th grade at the Baker Creek School. Her mother died when she was 17, so she had to stay home and help raise her four younger siblings. She married Henry Bos on Feb. 26, 1941. They farmed in Gateway, and then moved to Bozeman where Henry owned an Implement business, and also sold cars. Nell was at home with their four children. Later on she got a job at Woolworth's lunch counter and worked several other jobs-mostly waitressing and baking or cooking, which she loved to do. Her last job was at Country Time – baking lots of cookies, rolls and pies, and making soups. She worked there until she was 83.
The Guest Book is expired.
She enjoyed competing in the foods division at the winter fair, and won many ribbons for her pies, cakes, and rolls. She had the honor of being crowned queen of the Cupboard of Champions a couple of times. Nell enjoyed gardening and loved all of the beautiful plants and flowers in God's Creation. She had a steadfast faith in her Lord Jesus Christ and was a charter member of the Bozeman Christian Reformed Church. She cherished the times she had with all of her family and friends. Henry and Nell had 4 children, 19 grandchildren, and 43 great-grandchildren.
Nell went to be with her Lord and Savior on Nov. 5, 2012 at the age of 96. She was at home with her daughter when she passed on to her eternal home. We will all miss her, but are so grateful to have had her in our lives! She was a wonderful wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and friend.
She is survived by daughter, Norma (Terry) Bosman of Lynden Wash.; daughter, Bonnie VanDyke of Manhattan; son, Jim (Joanie) Bos of Manhattan; son, Dan (Lynne) Bos of Belgrade; 19 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren; sister, Gert Kingma of Lynden, Wash.; brother, Al (Win) Veltkamp of Albuquerque, N.M.; and Kay (Gerb) Duthler of Grand Rapids, Mich. She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Jennie, sisters, Martha and Christine, and her brother, Jack; son-in-law, Nelson VanDyke; granddaughter, Trisha Zylstra, and two infant great-grandbabies.
Visitation hours are scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Dokken-Nelson. Graveside services will be Sunday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. at the Hills Cemetery, followed by a 3:30 p.m. Celebration of Life service at Bozeman Christian Reformed Church. Memorials can be made to Bozeman Christian Reformed Church, or the
. Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Nov. 11 to Nov. 14, 2012