Wilma Catherine Bandstra was born on July 4, 1920, near Leighton, Iowa. She was the fifth of nine children born to Bart and Mary (Vande Voort) Bandstra. Wilma grew up in rural Mahaska County, and attended the West Weaver Country School. Wilma was baptized in the Leighton Christian Reformed Church, and also made profession of faith there as a teen. She received piano lessons from the minister’s wife, Mrs. Witt, and eventually played the organ at church services. That love of music stayed with her throughout her life. After church one summer evening in 1941, a blind date was arranged by Gip Bandstra between Wilma and Richard Vos in Pella. They began to date regularly and became engaged before Richard was called to active duty in the Army the following January. He was sent to Fort Roberts, CA, then shipped to Australia, ultimately serving in New Guinea. He was wounded there and lost the use of his right arm. While on leave from the Army Richard and Wilma were united in marriage on March 31, 1943 at her parent’s home near Leighton. To this union four children were born: Kenneth D. on August 16, 1945 (deceased 2014); Keith A. on February 19, 1949; Stuart L. on January 8, 1953 (deceased 1989) and Susan G. on October 10, 1955. In 1960 Wilma became a surgical aide at Pella Community Hospital, and enjoyed working there for 25 years. Richard and Wilma retired in the mid 1980’s, and they loved visiting the children and grandchildren in Texas, Florida, and Colorado. They became “snowbirds” for a time, spending winters in the Rio Grande Valley of southern Texas, and had many adventures and made lifelong friends there. Wilma loved music of all kinds, playing games, knitting, crocheting and word search books. She truly appreciated God’s gift of the four seasons, the beauty of nature, and especially enjoyed the different varieties of birds. Wilma and Richard celebrated 71 years of marriage in March 2014, with Richard passing away that July. In July 2015, due to health reasons, Wilma relocated to her daughter and son-in-law’s home in Colorado. Wilma and Richard were devoted and faithful to each other and their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, until He called them Home. Wilma is survived by:
Sandy (Hoogendoorn) Vos of Temple, TX;
Keith and Linda (Memmelaar) Vos of Boerne, TX;
Janet (Stuart L.) Vos of Georgetown, TX;
Susan and Joe Massey of Grand Junction, CO;
Of her original family Wilma leaves two sisters-in-law: Luella (Henry) Bandstra Johnson of Des Moines, and Joey (John) Bandstra of Pella; Richard’s brothers and their spouses. Paul D. Vos (Marilyn) of Pella, and Harold (Carolyn) Vos of Pella, and numerous special nephews and nieces. Wilma was preceded in death by her husband Richard, sons Kenneth and Stuart, parents Bart and Mary Bandstra, and the following sisters and brothers and their spouses: Gertrude Bandstra, Dorothy and William Zuidema, Ada and Charles Spoelstra, Kathryn and Robert Vroom, Bernice and Herman Kredit and Ray Hugen, Paul and Beulah Bandstra, Henry Bandstra, and John Bandstra. Wilma was a faithful member of the Second Christian Reformed Church in Pella, IA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to the Pella Christian Schools.