Mary Lou De Zwarte was born April 6, 1938, to Gerrit L. and Jennie Grace (De Bruin) Vis, at her parents’ home in Sully, Iowa. She was the youngest of three children. Mary passed peacefully on March 11, 2022 at the Pella Comfort House, surrounded by her family.
When Mary was four years old, her family moved to Pella where her father opened a barber shop. Mary attended Webster Elementary School and graduated from Pella Community High School. On March 11, 1955, she was united in marriage to Marvin De Zwarte at her parents’ home. To this union they were blessed with three children: Michael Eugene, Gayle Lynn, and Sandra Kay.
Mary was a home health aide for many years. She worked for Marion County Home Health Care and retired in 1999. She was a member of Covenant Reformed Church where she was faithful in attendance. She enjoyed doing CBI Bible lesson review for prisoners for over 15 years.
Mary enjoyed spending time with her family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Mary was known for showing her affection with warm embraces. She enjoyed cooking delicious meals for her family and friends in need. Mary touched many lives as she provided loving care for others.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents Gerrit and Grace Vis, her parents-in-law Abe and Jacoba De Zwarte, her sister and brother-in-law, Norma and Donald Toom, and brother-in-law Gerald Van Sant, her son Mike De Zwarte, and her granddaughter Emily Schippers.
Those left to cherish her memory are her husband Marvin and their family:
Mike (1955 – 2018) and Melissa De Zwarte and her fiancé Ron Rupprecht
Julie Keegel and Mike Vander Hoek
Taylor and Bryce Wursta
Jayne De Zwarte
Allie Van Wyk
Kylie De Zwarte
Amy and Matt Johnson
Gayle and Roger Wyma
Luke and Corrine Wyma
Andrew and Christina Wyma
Kyper, Kenly and Hayslee
Sandy and Mike Schippers
Brett and Keri Schippers
Brayden, Parker and Kinslee
Emily Schippers (1988-2022)
Megan Schippers and Tyler Jenkins
Mary is also survived by her brother Carroll Vis and his wife Rita of Eldridge, Iowa; and her siblings-in-law: Marilyn Van Sant of Tracy, Iowa, Connie and Jerry Rowe of Pella, Linda and Pat Brown of Knoxville, and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Hospice of Pella.
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