Arta Louise Vander Schoor, 93, of Hawarden, IA went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at Hawarden Regional Healthcare. Funeral Services will be 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at the First Baptist Church in Hawarden. A Committal Service will follow at Grace Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church from 9:30 – 10:30 A.M. prior to services on Wednesday. Mount Funeral Home is assisting Porter Funeral Home with arrangements. Memorials in Arta’s honor may be directed to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (www.stjude.org) or First Baptist Church, PO Box 288, Hawarden, IA 51023. Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.mountfuneralhome.com. The service will be live-streamed under "Photos and Videos" on the Mount Funeral Home website (Webcasting) and through “Mount Funeral Homes” Facebook page.
Arta Louise (Davis) Vander Schoor was born on April 6, 1928 to Arthur Earl and Ethel Ellen (Cameron) Davis in Lincoln, NE. She graduated from Sioux County High School in May of 1945 and on December 21, 1945, Arta was united in marriage to Harold Arthur Vander Schoor in Sioux City, IA.
They farmed together for 25 years before moving into Hawarden in 1970 where, among other things, she worked as a substitute cook for the West Sioux Schools. Arta was never one to sit idle – she and Harold could often be found working outside on their yard, fruit trees, vegetable and flowers gardens. Usually tasks they shouldn’t have been taking on alone, much to the dismay of their family.
Arta was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hawarden, active in their Women’s Groups, teaching Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and Awana. She and her daughters organized several rummage and craft sales, spent many hours canning and freezing fruits and vegetables, and would go on epic Christmas shopping trips each year. She faithfully acknowledged birthdays, anniversaries and other occasions with a greeting card; enjoyed journaling, completing jigsaw puzzles, Sudoku, crosswords and word finds. Also, an excellent cook, we will all miss trying out her latest new recipe. Arta will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother, who was a devoted Christian woman that dearly loved her family and friends.
Grateful for having shared in Arta’s life: her three daughters: Sharon (Norm) DeBoom of Sioux Center, IA, Linda (Bob) Bouwman of Akron, IA and Debra VanBruggen of Hawarden, IA; seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren: Brent (Marsha) DeBoom - Paige, Addyson, Michelle (Mark) Mount - Meghan, Mason, Brian (Racquel) DeBoom - Alexandria, Angela (Brian) Fransen - Emma, Henrik, Eric (Luci) Bouwman, Jason (Jessica) DeBoom - Reece, Ella, and Katie VanBruggen; three sisters: Jean Ann White of Hawarden, IA, Jayne (Stan) Venard of Waukee, IA and Yvonne Hartman of Hawarden, IA; along with many nieces and nephews.
Arta was preceded in death by: her husband, Harold (Sept. 10, 2012); her parents; a brother, Cameron (Verlan) Davis; two brothers-in-law: Wilbur Hartman and Dean White; two nieces: Darla and Mona Venard; two nephews: Douglas and Rick Davis; and in-laws: Madelyn (Alfred) Skogman, Isabel (Tom) Tomlinson, Wallace, Raymond (Geraldine) and Earl (infancy) Vander Schoor.