Anna Mae Hoeksema was born in Pella, Iowa on July 8, 1920, to Charles and Johanna (Den Adel) Hoeksema. She was the fifth of six children. Her siblings were Margaret, Andrew, Robert, Dick Franklin, and Joe.
Anna Mae graduated from Pella High School in 1938. In July, 1944, Anna Mae and Jim Rus were united in marriage and settled in their home in east Pella. In addition to helping Jim in his farming business, and to honor her family’s active military service, she was an active volunteer for many years with the American Legion Auxiliary, and the VA Hospital in Knoxville, Iowa. She also volunteered for the Pella Community Hospital Auxiliary and the Hilltop Manor Auxiliary in Pella.
Anna Mae made profession of her faith at the First Christian Reformed in Pella. She then transferred her membership to the First Reformed Church where she was active in church circles and with the Moonlight Mission Circle, and very regularly attended Sunday services.
Even though she struggled for many years with poor vision, she was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed reading. Anna Mae had lived within four blocks of where she was born her entire life until her recent move to Vriendschap Village in March, 2013. She stayed very active and attended activities regularly at Vriendschap Village.
Anna Mae passed away on Friday, August 23, 2013, at the Hospice of Pella Comfort House in Pella at the age of 93 years after suffering a stroke a few days earlier. Of her original family she leaves a niece, Lynne Hoeksema, of Urbandale, Iowa, two nephews: Jack Hoeksema of Pella and Charlie Hoeksema of Monroe, Iowa; and a sister-in-law, Betty (Joe) Hoeksema of Des Moines, Iowa.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charley and Johanna Hoeksema; and all of her siblings: Margaret Hoeksema, Andrew Hoeksema and his wife, Arloene (Schakel), Robert Hoeksema and his wife, Freda (Van Zante), Dickey Hoeksema and Joe Hoeksema.
Anna Mae will be lovingly remembered for her generous spirit and unending gratitude.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at the First Reformed Church in Pella. Arrangements were handled by Van Dyk- Duven Funeral Home.