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Anna Mae (De Vries) Rouw was born May 10, 1933, near Pella, the sixth child of seven to Jacob S. De Vries and Jeanette (Boertje) De Vries. After a brief time at Crystal Heights Care Center, she passed away on January 4, 2024, of congestive heart failure.
Anna Mae graduated from Pella Christian High School with the class of 1951. On October 7, 1953, she married Albert E. Rouw after his tour of duty with the US Navy during the Korean Conflict. Albert and Anna Mae lived in Pella all their married years. They were blessed with four children Sandy (Kevin) Williams of Katy, Texas, Sherry (Craig) Meyers of Pella, Sally (Howard)Splittgerber of Savannah, Tennessee, and Scott Rouw of Willis, Texas; seven grandchildren, Lisa Selcer (Travis), Aaron Barr, Paige Konoza (Josh), Brooke Barr (Andres Lau), Jenny (Scott) Buitenwerf, Cory Meyers (Lorena Salmeron) Molly Johnstone; great grandson Ian Garza, and great granddaughter Holly Konoza.
Anna Mae had a joyful and loving servant heart. She loved her family and friends deeply and had a way of making others feel extra special by always putting them before herself. In her early years she taught Sunday School, sang in the choir and was a Campfire Girls leader. She was a stay-at-home Mom until she began working at Central College on November 22, 1974, where she worked for thirty years. After she retired, she enjoyed baking and even more than baking, sharing her goodies with others, especially her famous banana bread. Anna Mae also thoroughly enjoyed playing the piano and the organ. She knew many hymns by heart and would blissfully play hymns and sing along. Her family has many wonderful memories around the piano. She compiled a genealogy binder for all four branches of her family and happily shared these at family reunions. She was an avid reader and regular visitor to the library. Living on a small acreage Anna Mae loved to be outside. She would spend hours in her flower beds, vegetable garden or watching the birds from her deck or kitchen table. As she got older her ability to do some of the things she enjoyed outside dwindled, so she shifted her time to focus even more on others. When Albert became ill, she was his caregiver at home until she could no longer take care of him and he moved to Crystal Heights Care Center. After his move she would drive every other day to see him. And even after his passing she would still make regular trips to Crystal Heights to visit others who lived there as well as the nursing staff. She continued these visits to Oskaloosa until her sister and best friend, Harriet moved into a nursing home. Her and Harriet spent many hours visiting, reminiscing about their childhood, and doing puzzles together. Anna Mae had many friends that she enjoyed regular coffee time visits with. She also had a regular phone call schedule where she would call friends and family once a week. Some calls were shorter than others, but she was always “just checking in” to let others know she was thinking about them and that she loved them.
Of her original family she leaves her sister Carolyn (Harold) Vos of Pella, her brother Ray (Carol) De Vries of Ellisville, Missouri, and her brother in-law Marvin Rouw of Pella.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Albert of 64 years who passed away December 7, 2017, three brothers: James and his wife Connie, Bernie and his wife Dody, Maynard and his wife Dot, her sister Harriet and her husband Wilber Van Zante; parents-in-law Bill and Evelyn Rouw, brother in-law Kenneth Rouw, son-in-law Craig Meyers and grandson Aaron Barr.
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