Nellie Catherine Bouwkamp

May 21, 1927 ~ July 28, 2022

Nellie Catherine Bouwkamp, age 95, was called home into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Thursday, July 28, 2022. Nellie was born May 21, 1927, in Conrad, Montana, to Theodore and Grace Borduin. Nellie spent her life teaching young children. Starting at the young age of 18, Nellie taught at Allendale, Lafayette, and Calvin Christian Schools. Viewing children as a precious gift of God, Nellie spent a lifetime preparing them to better live their lives with her kind, generous, and loving spirit. Nellie was preceded in death by her husband, Roger; son, Earl; brothers, Menno and Gerard Borduin; brother-in-law, Fernley Alofs. She is survived by her sister, Eleanor Alofs; sisters-in-law, Terri Borduin and Joyce Borduin; special guardian, Royal Mullennix; several nieces and nephews. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” Psalm 116:15. Funeral services will be held at 3pm Monday, August 1, 2022 at Matthysse Kuiper DeGraaf Funeral Home, 4646 Kalamazoo Ave. SE, Kentwood. Burial held at Cascade Cemetery.

Monday, August 1

MKD - Kentwood
4646 Kalamazoo Ave. SE
Kentwood, MI 49508

Phone: (616) 455-1535

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August 08, 2022 5:17pm
Nellie was married to my cousin Roger Bouwkamp. She indeed was a kind and loving person. My wife Helen was also a teacher; so there was a special connection they enjoyed. We loved Nellie and her family. Our sympathy to all the bereaved.

- James Evenhouse

July 31, 2022 7:46pm
I had the pleasure of teaching with Nellie during my first few years at Calvin Christian elementary school. Nellie went out of her way to welcome me and make me feel like part of the team. She was a very loving and warm lady and by far the calmest first grade teacher I had ever met! I looked forward to the day when she had Friday treat duty as she’d always bring in a couple of huge containers of ice cream! I really enjoyed her company and am saddened by her death. My condolences to her remaining family members. May God wrap his arms around you all!

- Beth Karanicola

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