May 9, 2014
10:00 A.M., Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Covenant Reformed Church
Visitation will begin at 12:00 noon, Monday, May 12, 2014
with family present 5:00 – 7:00 P.M.
Garden Chapel Funeral Home
Pella Christian Grade School Endowment
March 25, 1933 - May 9, 2014
Marilyn Joyce Stursma DeVries was born on March 25, 1933, in Pella, Iowa, to William C. and Leona (Rus) Stursma. She passed away at The Cottages in Pella on Friday, May 9, 2014, at the age of eighty-one.
Marilyn graduated from Pella Christian Grade School and High School. On July 28, 1952, she was united in marriage with Vernon DeVries at the home of her parents. They were blessed with five children: Michael, David, Carla, Ruth, and Thomas. Marilyn and her husband farmed in the Knoxville area for many years.
She was baptized and made profession of faith at the Protestant Reformed Church in Pella. She later became a member of the Covenant Reformed Church in Pella, where she was a member of the Ladies Aid Society. She was also actively involved in the Crossroads Prison Ministry. Marilyn loved being a homemaker and caring for her family. She enjoyed caring for her grandchildren, crocheting, gardening and canning, baking, Bible reading, and Bible studies.
Those left to cherish her memory are: her five children and their families; her sister, Pat (Gene) Kamerick of Pella; sisters-in-law: Lillian (Ralph) Van Roekel of Pella and Alberdeen (Dan) Van Wyk of Pella; brother-in-law, Loren De Zwarte of Pella.
Marilyn was preceded in death by: her parents; her husband, Vernon, in 1992; her two brothers, Norman Stursma and Donald Stursma; and her sister-in-law, Beulah De Zwarte.
Marilyn will always be remembered as a humble and caring Mom and Grandma.
Reverand Michael and Dawn DeVries – Kalamazoo, Michigan
Jeff and Angie DeVries
Kaylie, Megan, Michael, Amber, Alivia
Joel and Connie De Vries
Anna, Katelyn, Nicklas
Russ and Katie DeVries
Julia, Tyler, Renee, Brett
Karen and Jason Elzinga
Trevor, Ben, Justin, Leah, Kent
David and Laurel DeVries – Knoxville, Iowa
Carla and Will Bennett – Goodyear, Arizona
Ruth Kuiper – Knoxville, Iowa
Thomas and Jill DeVries – Pella, Iowa