Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


March 25, 2013

Dorothy June (Sayles) Bouwman

Dorothy June (Sayles) Bouwman passed away Monday, March 25, 2013, in Corsicana following an extended illness at the age of 94.

She was born June 6, 1918, in Pine Township, Mich., to Leroy Sayles and Emma (Petersen) Sayles.

She graduated from Greenville High School in Greenville, Mich., and worked for Kemp Insurance in Greenville for several years. She met her husband, R. Ivan Bouwman, in Greenville and they married July 3, 1941. She was an active member of the Congregational Church there and also was an active volunteer in her children's schools and was a member of the Thalia Club.

In 1962, she and her family moved to Ft. Smith, Ark. In 1967, the family moved to Dallas, where she and Ivan would live for over 30 years. She was an active member of the Northminister Presbyterian Church. She was an award-winning sales associate for 15 years for Sanger-Harris. She and Ivan traveled extensively after their retirement and enjoyed their many friends. She and Ivan were both volunteers at a charitable clothing distribution center in Dallas. They celebrated 60 years of marriage in 2001.

Dorothy was devoted to her family, was an excellent cook, homemaker and seamstress. Later in life one of her greatest pleasures was making Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls which she shared with close family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, by her brother, Cyril Sayles, sisters Edna Petersen, Anna Winchell and Rita Ball. She was the last surviving grandchild of Dr. C. C. Sayles, a prominent local physician and community activist of Langston, Mich.

Survivors include a son, Robert Bouwman; daughters Katherine Rudel and husband Larry; and Barbara Honea; grandsons Brian Rudel and wife Sheri; John Rudel and wife, Cindee; David Rudel; Kyle Honea; and Scott Honea and wife Carol; seven great-grandchildren; Connor and Mason Rudel; Rawley, Ryan and Ruby Rudel; and Dylan and Dominic Honea, and several nieces and nephews, as well as dear friend and caregiver Shirley Jones.

Dorothy was a very caring mother, grandmother, wife, sister and friend, whose memory will be cherished by all those she touched.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at Corley Funeral Home.

Memorial services will be held at Riverside Cemetery, Langston, Mich., at a later date and time.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Parkinson's Disease Association at 8330 Meadow Road, Dallas, Texas 75231, the White Rock Center of Hope at 10021A Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218, or the charity of choice.

An online guestbook is available at by selecting the Dorothy June Bouwman obituary.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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