Grace Wilma DeRuiter Vander Aa | Eastern North Carolina Now | Grace Wilma DeRuiter Vander Aa, age 92, a resident of Pantego, died Monday, October 10, 2022, at ECU Health Inpatient Hospital in Greenville.

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    Grace Wilma DeRuiter Vander Aa, age 92, a resident of Pantego, died Monday, October 10, 2022, at ECU Health Inpatient Hospital in Greenville.

    Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Thursday, October 13, 2022, at Terra Ceia Christian Reformed Church officiated by Pastor Peter Kelder and Pastor Charlie Green. Burial will follow in Davis Cemetery. Barry Van Dyke, B.J. Kirkman, Jackson Van Dyke, Dan Febus, Arthur Vander Aa III and Heather Titus-Van Dyke will serve as pallbeares. Honorary pallbearers will be Melanie Kirkman, Pearl Vander Aa Batchler, and David Febus.

    The family will receive friends at the church on Thursday from 1:00 PM until the funeral hour.

    Mrs. Vander Aa was born in Cook County IL on February 17, 1930, daughter of the late Joseph DeRuiter, Sr., and the late Jennie Ipema DeRuiter. On April 9, 1954, she married Arthur Vander Aa who preceded her in death on December 26, 2017. She was a homemaker who supported her husband in the dairy business. Mrs. Vander Aa was a member of Terra Ceia Christian Reformed Church and joined others in the ministry of Yokefellow Ministry at the Hyde County Correctional Institute. With her family being farmers, she enjoyed being a member of the Hyde County Homemakers Club. Her hobbies included sewing for her family, knitting, crocheting, embroidery, reading and was an avid scrabble player.

    Survivors include her children: Cindy Van Dyke (Alan) of Grand Haven, MI, Jenny Febus (Dave) of Pantego, Pam Kirkman (Barry) of Camden, NC; grandchildren: Heather Titus-VanDyke, David Febus, Jr., Barry Van Dyke, B.J. Kirkman, Jackson Van Dyke, Dan Febus, Melanie Kirkman, Arthur Vander Aa III, and Pearl Vander Aa Batchler. Mrs. Vander Aa was predeceased, along with her parents and husband by a son and daughter-in-law: Arthur "Art" and Terry Rose Vander Aa and all ten of her siblings.

    Online condolences may be offered to the family by visiting www.paulfuneralhome.com

    Paul Funeral Home of Belhaven is Honored to serve the Vander Aa family.
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