DEVRIES, Nellie 1888-1955
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 3/8/2017 at 19:03:27
Rites Friday For Mrs. U. DeVries
Funeral services were held Friday afternoon for Mrs. Ubbie DeVries at her home in Parkersburg and later at the Reformed church in Pleasant Valley township, two miles west of Fern. Burial was in the cemetery adjoining the church. Rev. Paul Schmidt, pastor of the Reformed church, conducted the services.
Death came very suddenly to Mrs. DeVries at her home on Tuesday last week.
Mrs. Ubbie DeVries, nee Nellie Janssen, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elky Janssen, was born Oct. 17, 1888, in Eastfriesland, Germany. On the morning of May 3, 1955, her Creator called her unto Himself and her eternal reward at the age of 66 years, 7 months, 16 days.
At the age of 18 she came to America and on March 15, 1907, she was united in marriage to Ubbie DeVries. Through the course of her life she was a faithful wife and loving mother.
Mr. and Mrs. DeVries came to Grundy county, Iowa, soon after marriage and farmed in the Pleasant Valley community until 1948, when they moved to their present home in Parkersburg.
The deceased received much of her religious training while still in Germany. She faithfully continued this through the years by regular attendance in worship services and Sunday School. In 1928 she made confession of her personal faith in Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior.
With her passing she leaves to mourn her devoted husband and eight children: (Tena) Mrs. Henry K. Meester, Dike; (Minnie) Mrs. Albert Huisman, Wellsburg; Elky DeVries, Grundy Center; (Katie) Mrs. George Seehusen, Parkersburg; Arthur of Dike; (Anna) Mrs. James Meester, Holland; Willard, Holland; and Alvina, who is at home; 19 grandchildren; two brothers, Jacob and Ralph, living in Germany; and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one grandchild and three sisters.
One day a message came to us
And bade us quickly come,
To see our mother dear
Before the Savior took her home.
Our loved one from us has gone,
Her voice we loved is stilled,
A place is vacant in our home
That never can be filled.
More and more we miss her,
Friends may think the wound is healed;
They little know that sorrow
Lies in our hearts concealed;
Though she is home in Glory,
We must struggle on.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 12 May 1955, pg 6
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