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BOYCE, Ada Henrietta (Hammersland) 1921-2015


Posted By: K. L. Kittleson
Date: 10/18/2015 at 23:41:35

Ada H. Boyce

August 12, 1921 - March 15, 2015

Ada H. Boyce was welcomed into Heaven by her Lord on March 15, 2015.

Ada Henrietta Hammersland was born at home, one mile south of Ossian, Iowa to Harold M. & Agnes T. (Lommen) Hammersland, where the family lived until 1929. Ada became a child of God through baptism on September 11, 1921 and later confirmed her faith in Jesus Christ at Stavanger Lutheran Church, Ossian, Iowa on September 13, 1936.

Ada attended first through part of third grade at Ossian Public School, and then attended country school at Dover Center #3 through 8th grade, after the family moved to a farm they purchased north of West Union, Iowa. Family, 4H Club and music were an important part of Ada’s childhood. Ada enjoyed performing in plays and musicals, mixed chorus and Declam during her school years. Ada graduated from West Union High School in 1939.

In 1939-1940, Ada attended Waldorf College, concentrating on business classes while there. She was a billing clerk from 1940-1944 at Midcontinent Petroleum in Waterloo, Iowa. During these years she attended First Lutheran Church in Waterloo, where her faith and love for Jesus grew as she was mentored in the faith by friends and participated in Luther League. In 1944, she received a call to become Trinity Lutheran Church’s parish worker in Waterloo. Ada served in that call from 1944-1950 and was blessed to be mentored by Dr. G. E. Melchert those six years. She primarily worked with the youth of the church, assisting with confirmation and Luther League, loving and adopting the kids ‘as her own’. During 1946-48, she served as the Iowa District Luther League president.

In 1950 Ada returned to college at St. Olaf in Northfield, Minnesota and then worked at The Waterloo Savings Bank from 1952-54.

On May 16, 1954 Ada was married to her sweetheart, Arden Herman Boyce. They were blessed with 27 years of marriage and two children, Beverly and Dean. The family enjoyed traveling and weekend camping for many years. Arden joined his Savior on June 10, 1981, leaving Ada a widow at 59 years of age.

From January 1967 until September 1987, Ada returned to work part-time at Trinity Lutheran as the Volunteer Services Coordinator. Ada’s faith in Christ was central in all her life’s activities. She spent 62 years teaching Sunday School and served several years after retirement as the volunteer coordinator for Ascension Lutheran, a new church she was pleased to help plant during the fall of 1987 in Waterloo.

Upon her retirement, Ada continued her love for travel by attending Elderhostels and YWCA bus trips with friends and three of her widowed sisters.

Ada was able to enjoy living in her own home at 401 Reed Street for 52 years. She enjoyed gardening and baking and had a wonderful gift of hospitality. In January 2005 Ada moved for one year to Bickford Cottage Assisted Living, then lived fourteen months with Dean’s family before moving to The Bartels Retirement Community in Waverly, Iowa. She continued to participate in many activities there, including art & painting classes, chime bells, and choir.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband; a brother, Harold Hanford Hammersland, a sister, Sylvia Belschner, and four brothers-in-law, Harold Larson, Rev. Erling Hansen, Delbert Belschner, and Kenneth Springer. Blessed to share her life are her children Beverly (Miles) Mondt, Fargo, ND and Dean (Katie) Boyce, Waterloo, and five grandsons, Erik Mondt, Adam, Joshua and David Boyce, all of Waterloo, and Steven Mondt, Fargo, ND. She is also survived by four sisters, Clarice Larson, Chaseburg, WI, Alice Hansen, Waverly, IA, Norma Springer and Agnes Marie (Franklin) Reyner, of West Union, IA and sister-in-law, Gladys Hammersland, Ossian, IA and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be on Thursday at Ascension Lutheran Church with burial in Garden of Memories Cemetery. Public visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hagarty - Waychoff - Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway and at the church for one hour before services on Thursday.

Memorials may be directed to Ascension Lutheran Church.

Source: Hagarty - Waychoff - Grarup funeral home


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