December 13, 2013
Mary A. Bouma passed away Nov. 23, 2013, at Highgate Senior Living. She was 88.
Per her request, there will be no services.
Mary was born March 5, 1925, in a small town in Nebraska to Noah and Glenna Egger. She moved to Long Beach in the late 1940s. Mary met her husband, John Bouma, on a golf course in Long Beach. He was playing golf with another group of people. Mary happened to slip and fall on another hole. He saw her fall and started to laugh at her (she wasn’t hurt). She got angry at him and told him so. They met in the clubhouse later and he apologized. The rest is history! They married on March 17, 1955, in Carson City, Nev. They moved to Nevada City in 1955. Mary worked with John in his chiropractic office until they retired.
The Boumas had a ranch in the Bitney Springs area where they raised cattle and sheep. It was also one of their favorite places to entertain their friends and nieces and nephews, who would visit from Southern California every summer.
Mary was very active as a trustee for the Marian Ghidotti Foundation. She was on the board from 1980 to 2010. Mary served as president of the Grass Valley Soroptimist Club and volunteered as a Pink Lady at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. She was a member of the Nevada County Country Club and served on many of their committees.
Mary really enjoyed playing golf. She played at least three times a week, even though she worked with her husband. She loved playing cards with their friends at the country club and enjoyed helping with many of the dinners and other activities at the Club.
Mary leaves behind her sister, June Rustad of Norco, Calif.; three nieces and one nephew. She also leaves her good friends Sandy and Jim Brislane and numerous friends at the Country Club.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. John Bouma; and her sister, Betty Klassy.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper & Weaver Mortuary.