Hattie Bouma Vander Heide
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Passed away on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at the Artesia Christian Home at the age of 91. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Matthew Vander Heide in 1980, all her siblings and their spouses, Peter and Rolena Bouma, Louis and Hermina Bouma, Bertha and William Verduin, Sadie and John Sankey, Tracy and Oscar De Vries, Alice and Edward Dooyema, Lambert and Wilma Bouma, Clarence and Elizabeth Bouma, Harold and Bernardine Bouma, Ralph and Jennie Bouma, along with her brother and sisters-in-law, James and Jan Vander Heide, John and Betty Vander Heide, Jeanne and Edwin Veen. Hattie is survived by her four sons, Bruce and Nancy Vander Heide, David Vander Heide, Dale Vander Heide, Mark Vander Heide; her grandson, Ron and Lori Vander Heide; her two precious great-granddaughters, Kayli and Malia; as well as many nieces, nephews and countless friends. She was born on October 9, 1920 in Hull, Iowa, the daughter of Otto and Jacoba "Hartsuiker" Bouma and grew up on the family farm. After graduating from Western Christian High School in Hull, Iowa she moved to California to be with her parents, where she continued her education. In the fall of 1940 she began teaching at Bellflower Christian School where at her very first staff meeting she noticed a young high school teacher who had also just joined the staff and at that moment she decided that this was the man she would one day marry, and two years later on June 10, 1942 they were married. During this marriage she raised four sons and in the late 1950's she went back to school part time, completing her course requirements for her B.A. degree and teacher's credential which she received in 1960. She then taught for the Bellflower School District until retiring as an elementary school teacher at Thomas Jefferson. After the death of her husband, Matt in 1980 she kept herself busy with writing and painting classes, emailing her family and friends and traveling extensively. After visiting Israel she said that reading my Bible will never be the same. She even found the time and energy during the last few years to write two children's books about her great granddaughter, Kayli. She was generous to a fault and always supportive of her church, the Artesia Christian Home and many other worthwhile organizations, Mom will truly be missed by all who knew her and loved her. The family wishes to thank all the family members and friends that visited, communicated with, helped, and encouraged our mother in her many endeavors over the years since our father died. We truly believe that your support and friendship and her strong religious beliefs is what allowed her to live such a fulfilling life. The family also wishes to thank the kind, compassionate, and capable staff of the Artesia Christian Home for all the care they provided during the last year of her life. She will be buried next to her husband, Matthew at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier with a memorial service at Bethel Reformed Church in Bellflower at 11am on Saturday, August 4, 2012. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations may be made to Bethel Reformed Church in Bellflower, CA, or to the Artesia Christian Home in Artesia, CA. Please sign the guest book at www.presstelegram.com/obituaries.
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram from Aug. 2 to Aug. 4, 2012