Jacoba ‘Coby’ Bouwman


A longtime resident of Iroquois and one year in Morrisburg, Coby Bouwman passed away at the Ottawa Civic Hospital, on Tuesday, March 27, 2012. She was 84.

Coby was born in Emmen, The Netherlands, on March 24, 1928, to her parents Hilliginus and Jantje Heuving (nee Hugen).   In July of 1953, she married Roelof (Ralph) Bouwman and three weeks later, immigrated to Canada.  Together they raised five boys and one girl.

Coby was a lifelong member of the Williamsburg Christian Church and was also a member of the Ladies Society and the senior’s group, Helping Hands at the Matilda Hall.  She enjoyed gardening, knitting and crocheting.

Coby was dear mother of Ralph (Wilma) of Morrisburg, Henry (Elsie) of R.R.# 1 Iroquois, Bill (Wendy) of Merrickville, John (Amani) of Williamsburg, Andrew (Lori Ann) of Ingleside and Dorean (Garnet) DeVries of Smiths Falls.

She is survived by her siblings Gerda Joldersma of Williamsburg, Wick (Grace) Heuving of St. Catharines, Klaas (Elly) Heuving of Strathroy, Ginus (Grace) Heuving of Belleville, Frans Heuving of London and Hennie (Walter) Heuvel of Iroquois and also by her sister-in-law Hennie of Prescott.  Coby will be fondly remembered by 21 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. She is also survived by nieces and nephews. 

She was predeceased by her husband Ralph and her brothers Fred, Walter and John Heuving.   

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. 

Funeral service was held at Williamsburg Christian Reformed Church on Friday, March 30th at 11 a.m., with Rev. John Noordhof officiating.

Interment followed at New Union Cemetery, Williamsburg. Pallbearers were Ralph Bouwman, Henry Bouwman, Bill Bouwman, John Bouwman, Andrew Bouwman and Garnet DeVries.  

Donations to Timothy Christian School would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.


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