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Evelyn M. Dykstra

May 26, 1927 December 28, 2018
Evelyn M. Dykstra
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Obituary for Evelyn M. Dykstra

Mrs. Evelyn May Dykstra, age 91, formerly of Hull, Iowa, passed away on December 28, 2018, at the Byron Center Manor, in Byron Center, Michigan.

There will be a funeral service on Saturday, January 5, at 11:00am, at the Hope Christian Reformed Church in Hull. The Rev. Duane Nieuwsma and the Rev. Todd Zuidema will officiate. After a lunch, interment will be at the Hope Cemetery in Hull.

Visitation with the family will be the hour before the service on Saturday at the church. Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.

Evelyn was born on May 26, 1927, on a farm near Aledo, Illinois, to Felix A. and Leanna May (Bradford) Brown. She graduated from the Aledo High School and attended the Iowa State University (“Ames” to her) and Sterling College in Sterling, Kansas, where she was the Roundup Queen. She excelled in drama and speech. While at ISU, she met a dashing young Allan Dykstra, who was attending ISU while in the Navy. They married on June 18, 1947, at Aledo.

Allan’s decision to become an ordained Reformed Church minister led to Evelyn’s role as “the preacher’s wife” at churches in New Jersey, Indiana, Michigan, and Iowa. She reveled in the task, using her ISU “home-ec” training in that and in mothering the four children born to them.

In February of 1973, life changed as the result of a car accident that left Allan a quadriplegic. Thanks in large part to the support and care extended by their Hope Church family, Evelyn was able to care for Allan 24/7 for the remaining twenty years of his life; her picture is in the dictionary next to the word “devoted.” After Allan’s death on January 9, 1993, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, after 45 years of marriage, Evelyn moved to the Homestead in Hull, where she enjoyed the fellowship of morning coffee and “catered meals” and puzzles. For the past three years, she has lived in Michigan.

Evelyn was deeply religious and was a prayer warrior. She contributed to Hallmark’s profitability with the number of birthday and greeting cards she sent. She also participated regularly in two beloved ministries: Coffee Break and Crossroads Prison Ministries.

She also had a “green thumb”, specializing in perennials.

Evelyn is survived by three children, Barbara (Duane) Nieuwsma, of Byron Center, Michigan; Daniel (Sharon) Dykstra, of Sioux City, Iowa, and Timothy (Melinda) Dykstra, of Acworth, Georgia; a son-in-law, Stanley (Jean) Starkenburg, of Palmyra, New York; ten grandchildren, Joshua (Meredith) Nieuwsma, Sarah (Greg) Schemper, Josiah (Alicia) Dykstra, Jesse Dykstra, Jordan Dykstra, Shantelle Dykstra, Emily (Michael) Walker, Abby (Nicholas) Gaffney, Amy (Caleb) Howard, and Alexander (Tess) Dykstra; and six great-grandchildren, Kate, Elia, Avery, Hayden, Calla, and Allan.

In addition to her husband and parents, Evelyn was predeceased by a daughter, Patricia Starkenburg; and a brother and his wife, Kenneth and Mary Brown. They are together again.

Memorials may be given to the Hope Church Mission Fund.


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Previous Events

Family Visitation

Saturday

5

Jan

10:00 AM 1/5/2019 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 1/5/2019 11:00:00 AM
Hope Christian Reformed Church

1407 6th St
Hull, IA 51239

Hope Christian Reformed Church
1407 6th St Hull 51239 IA
United States

Funeral Service

Saturday

5

Jan

11:00 AM 1/5/2019 11:00:00 AM
Hope Christian Reformed Church

1407 6th St
Hull, IA 51239

Hope Christian Reformed Church
1407 6th St Hull 51239 IA
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Hope Cemetery Final Resting Place

N Hayes Ave
Hull, IA 51239

N Hayes Ave Hull 51239 IA
United States

Memorial Contribution

Hope Christian Reformed Church

1407 Sixth Street
Hull, IA 51239
for the church's mission fund
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