Shirley Mouw

July 24, 2018

Shirley Mouw

Orange City, Iowa

Shirley Mouw, 88, of Orange City, passed away Saturday, July 21, 2018, at Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City.

Memorial services will be 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at First Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Timothy Breen will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service in West Lawn Cemetery at Orange City. There will be a family prayer service at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, at Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City. Visitation will be after 6 p.m. today, with the family present 6 to 8 p.m., at Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City. You may express your sympathy at www.oolman.com.

Shirley Mae was born on March 24, 1930, in rural Orange City, the daughter of Otto and Minnie (Stander) Rowenhorst. She was raised in rural Orange City, where she attended a nearby country school. After graduating from Orange City High School in 1948, she worked as a dental assistant for several years.

On Dec. 14, 1950, she married Clifford John Mouw in Orange City. She then became a stay-at-home mom to her daughters, Rhonda and Janna. In 1963, she began working in the office of the Orange City Municipal Hospital. Shirley became the administrative assistant to the president of K-Products in 1968. She retired from full-time employment in 1995. She then worked part-time at The Turn of the Century gift shop in Orange City, and cared for her husband, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

In 2015, Shirley moved to the Landsmeer Ridge Retirement Community in Orange City. Cliff passed away on Jan. 6, 2017, at Prairie Ridge Care Center after more than 66 years of marriage. She moved to Prairie Ridge in June 2017, where she passed away. She was a lifetime member of First Reformed Church, where she enjoyed singing in the women’s choir. She was a prayer warrior who prayed daily for her children, grandchildren, and extended family.

Shirley had a true gift of hospitality. She was a wonderful cook and baker and enjoyed serving as hostess for gatherings. She also had a generous spirit and was a thoughtful gift giver. Her family and friends will miss her caring cards and notes. She never missed an occasion to make someone feel special and appreciated. She was a talented seamstress and enjoyed crafts, stitchery, reading, and listening to classical music.

Survivors include two daughters and their husbands, Rhonda and Bob Van Es of Sioux Center, Iowa, and Janna and Al Kingma of Hawarden, Iowa; five grandchildren, Erin and Bryan Prins of Ballwin, Mo., Robin Van Es of Sioux Center, Jeremy and Tami Mason of Grimes, Iowa, Kara and Todd Neu of Denver, Colo., and Jamie and Tyler Busch of Sioux Falls, S.D.; eight great-grandchildren, Viviane, Lucy, Jack, Kirbee, Brooks, Sierra, Malaki, and Micah; a sister and her husband, Lila and George Boerhave of Matlock, Iowa; two stepsisters-in-law, Wanda Zeutenhorst and Joan Zeutenhorst, both of Orange City; a stepbrother-in-law, Robert E. Puff Sr. of Mesa, Ariz.; many nieces and nephews; and her dear friend, Connie Korver and family.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her stepmother, Minnie Zeutenhorst Rowenhorst; a sister and her husband, Aleene and Preston Wobbema; a stepsister, Harriet Puff; two stepbrothers, Marvin Zeutenhorst and Darwin Zeutenhorst; a brother-in-law and his wife, the Rev. Henry and Emily Mouw; two sisters-in-law and their husbands, Artella and Gerald Bosch and Marlys and Carl Pennings; and four nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be directed to the First Reformed Church Media Ministry.

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