Adriana L. Bouma, homemaker

March 1, 2013

Adriana L. Bouma, 88, a Kensington homemaker who during her children’s schooling in the 1960s served as a school board member at what is now Washington Christian Academy in Olney, died Jan. 29 at the Lorien Mount Airy senior living facility.

She had respiratory failure, her daughter Sheila Crye said.

Mrs. Bouma was a 4-H leader in Montgomery County from the 1960s to the 1980s.

Adriana Laura de Haan was born in Platte, S.D, and grew up in a Dutch farming community. After graduating in 1948 from the University of Minnesota, she was a social worker in Minneapolis. She settled in the Washington area in the mid-1950s.

In Montgomery County, she belonged to the Ayrlawn homemakers club for more than two decades and to the Thursday at Two short-story reading club for more than three decades. She was a member of Knox Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Silver Spring.

Her husband of 54 years, Dr. John Henry “Jack” Bouma, died in 2003. Survivors include five children, Sheila Crye of Silver Spring, Dana Elsnick of McLean, Dirk Bouma of Arlington County, Paula Wilhelm of Ijamsville and Rhoda Wilk of Tallmadge, Ohio; and 11 grandchildren.

— Emily Langer

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