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November 30, 2010
HULL, Iowa (STPNS) -- Mrs. Augusta Bolks, age 98, of Hull, passed away on Saturday, November 27, 2010, at the Happy Siesta Care Center in Remsen. There was a memorial service on Tuesday, November 30, at 11:00 a.m., at the American Reformed Church in Hull. The Rev. Steven Bierly officiated. Interment was prior to the service at the Hope Cemetery in Hull.
Augusta Emma was born on December 16, 1911, in rural Alton, the daughter of Gossen and Hattie (Scholten) De Boer. She was raised on a farm north of Hull. On June 28, 1932, she married Harold Albertus Bolks at Doon. They farmed at Hull until 1936, when they moved into Hull. There she was a homemaker and managed a clothing store. Harold passed away on December 7, 2005, in Sioux Center.
In May of 2006, Mrs. Bolks moved to the Homestead Cooperative, and in April of 2007, she transferred to the Pleasant Acres Care Center, both in Hull. In February of 2009, she became a resident of Happy Siesta. She was a member of the American Reformed Church.
Augusta was a volunteer at Pleasant Acres for over thirty years and a Brownie Scout leader for 25 years. She completed over 950 quilts, including one for each grandchild and great-grandchild. Besides quilting, she enjoyed gardening, baking bread, canning, sewing, and traveling.
Survivors include her two sons and their wives, Harvey and Annabel Bolks, of Rock Valley; and Lauren and Hester Bolks, of Gilbert, Ariz.; two daughters, Evelyn Jones and Marlys Rowenhorst, both of Orange City; eleven grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Gladys Ripley, of Ames; and a brother, Bernard De Boer, of Le Mars.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Willard Rowenhorst; two great-grandchildren, and three brothers, Donald, Robert, and Chester De Boer.
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