On Dec. 26, 1927, Augusta was born to Johannes and Gertie Honcoop in Lynden. She was the first of nine children who called their older sister Gussie. They lived on a dairy farm motivated by a strong work ethic, a generous amount of humor, a love for family, and a deep faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
Augusta fell in love with and married Melvin Ray Nieuwsma on June 8, 1949. No longer on the farm, she lived in the city of Lynden. A year later, they welcomed a baby girl, Kathleen, to their family, followed by another daughter, Mary, and three sons, David, Ronald and Timothy. They lived in several houses before moving from Washington to California and back again after eight years, with stints of time in Oklahoma in between. They ended up back in Lynden for their retirement years.
During all the years of moving and raising her children, Augusta never complained. She worked hard and set a wonderful example of a godly wife and mother. She was happy and loved music and games. She played her Hawaiian guitar while Melvin played other instruments and they would sing together. In her later years, she loved visits from her children and grandchildren, always planning lots of food for a good time and a cup of tea.
At the age of 92½ Augusta went home to her Lord on Monday morning, July 20, 2020, at Lynden Manor. She will always be remembered for her sweet, loving nature and will be missed deeply by all who knew her.
Augusta is survived by her sister Marie; brothers Anthony, John and William, all of the Lynden area. children Kathleen (Robert) Oostra in Montana, Mary (Hank) Doelman in Washington, David (Patricia) Vroom in Idaho and Timothy (Charlene Geleynse) of Everson; also 42 grandchildren, 64 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by husband Melvin (2014), brothers Ike (2015) and Maurice (1999), sisters Anna (2012) and Arlene (1999), son Ronald (2013), and two granddaughters Elizabeth (2008) and Margaret (2017).
The family thanks Lynden Manor staff for their tender, loving professionalism in caring for Augusta. Their excellent service assured us of her comfort and appropriate medical care until her last breath.
A graveside service will be on Saturday, July 25, at Monumenta Cemetery of Lynden. Due to COVID-19, attendance is limited to 100. Thank you for your understanding.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Services.