Laura Jeanette DeVries 94, of Ackley, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, November 16, 2022, at Grand JiVante in Ackley, Iowa. Services will be 10:30 am, Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at the Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, 10164 D Avenue, Ackley, Iowa. Burial will be at the West Friesland Cemetery. Visitation will be 4:00 to 6:30 pm Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at Linn's Funeral Home 903 Cerro Gordo Street Ackley, Iowa. Linn’s Funeral Home Ackley is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials may be directed to the family: Laura DeVries Memorial, c/o Linn’s Funeral Home,1521 Washington Avenue, Iowa Falls, Iowa, 50126.
Laura Jeanette DeVries was born January 13, 1928 to John and Anna (Harms) Carolus in Kesley, Iowa. She attended country school at Madison #8 five miles North of Austinville, Iowa through the 8th grade. On April 24, 1953 Laura was united in marriage to Arnold J. DeVries at the Washington Reformed Church in Ackley, Iowa and to this union five children were born: Verda, Doreen, Sheila, Rhonda and Ronald. Laura worked for many years as a homemaker and a farmer’s wife helping on the farm. She then worked twenty two years at Presbyterian Village in Ackley as a CNA retiring in 1995. She also worked two years at the Cougars Den caring for children in the Ackley area. Laura was the organist and part of the WIC Women at the West Friesland Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, traveling, gardening, babysitting and volunteering at the RAP store in Ackley.
Laura is survived by her four daughters: Verda (Scott) Clifford of Ackley; Doreen (Lyle) Meyer of Aplington; Sheila (Dick) Andersen of Iowa Falls; Rhonda (John) Flaherty of Phoenix, Arizona and her son Ronald (Sara) DeVries of Ankeny; Fourteen grandchildren, twenty-six great-grandchildren; one sister: Joanne Gronewold of Ackley.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Arnold; two brothers and their spouses: Harvey (Grace) Carolus, Claire (Dorothy) Carolus and one brother in-law Wilbur Gronewold.