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Sarah Johanna Bakker
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Birth: Jun. 10, 1914
Marion County
Iowa, USA
Death: Nov. 18, 2006
Marion County
Iowa, USA

Sarah Johanna Bakker was born to John William and Sara (Vander Kamp) Bakker on June 10, 1914 east of Pella, Iowa. She attended the Valley Country Grade School near Pella where she completed the 8th grade. Her parents then needed her to help out at home which she did for the next 5 years. Sarah's siblings then insisted she go back to high school. Sarah graduated with the Pella High School Class of 1937 and then attended Central College in Pella for approximately 3 years having to drop out because of her asthma condition. Then in Sarah's words-"I remember the first time I got a call to serve the Lord. It was shortly after World War II when I heard a radio appeal for missionaries. I soon joined the Sudan Interior Missions, an international mission agency serving Africa. I attended Omaha Bible Institute in Omaha, Nebraska and graduated in 1943 and served one year helping in the Winnebago, Nebraska, Indian work before going into the next era of my life. Who would ever have dreamed that the Lord had a plan for me to spend my next 34 years in Nigeria, Africa?! I remember my first journey into Nigeria. I sailed from New York and after two weeks on the road aboard a series of trains and planes, I had to walk 42 miles to get to my destination. The first 14 miles got me to a leprosy camp. The next day I walked alone and had a piggyback ride on an African man's back to get across the river. My first job was trekking, going to the surrounding villages and teaching the Bible to the natives. Later I worked as a principal of a Girl's school in Mopa, an elementary school and in an orphanage. We had many experiences such as rescuing runaway girls who came to us as a place of refuge from marrying when they did not want to or to follow a pagan worship. The girls wanted to be educated like the boys. I am grateful to the Lord in having been His servant to help boys and girls, men and women come out of darkness of paganism into the light of the Lord Jesus Christ." "I received a second call from the Lord that took me to Skyline Manor and Villa in Omaha. I spent most of my time visiting residents in the hospitals and in the health care center. It was a joy to see some of the elderly folk who had rejected the Lord all those years turn their lives over to the King of Kings as their Savior." "I left Omaha October 5, 1994 to live with my sister, Jeannette in the home our mother had built in Pella, for approximately 2 years. We then became residents of Fair Haven. During that time my eyesight became limited due to Macular degeneration. I was blessed to be able to purchase a visual aid machine that allowed me to continue to read." Sarah lived at Vriendschap Village in Pella from January 2003 through June 2004, and then became a resident at Jefferson Place. Sarah passed away at the Hospice of Pella Comfort House in Pella on Saturday, November 18, 2006 at the advanced age of 92 years, 4 months and 8 days. Those left to honor her life are her nephews and nieces: John Davies of Wayland, Michigan, Glyn Davies living in Australia, Franklin Davies living in England, Sharon Bandstra of Des Moines, Iowa, Ruth Zimmer of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Carol Vreeke of Lafayette, Indiana, John Wesley Bakker of Chicago, Illinois; and her special caregiving friend, Jennie Geetings of Knoxville, Iowa. Sarah was preceded in death by her parents: John W. and Sara Bakker; her brother, Willie (William) Bakker who died of Tuberculosis in 1934 at the age of 24 years; her sister, Roelphine (Ruth) Davies who died in England in 1978 and her husband, Ernie Davies; her sister, Jeannette Roelphine (Ruth) Bakker who died on February 11, 2002 at the age of 94 years; and her brother, Frank Albert Bakker who died on October 9, 2005 at the age of 92 years and his wife, Pieternella (Pearl) Bakker who had died on September 24, 2004. Sarah had chosen poems to be included with her obituary but this statement reflects the legacy she has left: Realizing the uncertainty of this life, and with full confidence and trust in my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in His death on the cross and shed blood as atonement for my sins, and knowing that by faith in His sacrifice on the cross for me I have eternal life, I leave to each of my loved ones my love for Jesus Christ and my trust in His amazing grace, wherein only can they also know that perfect assurance of the unspeakable joy which has now become my inheritance. In giving this I retain it undiminished, and yet they may each have the whole. This, most precious in my life, I hope they will find to be their most precious legacy. Open visitation was from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. November 21, 2006 at Van Dyk-Duven Funeral Home. Family visitation & lunch was from noon until service time November 21, 2006 at Third Reformed Church- Pella. Funeral Service was at 1:30 p.m. November 21, 2006 at Chapel of Third Reformed Church, Pella, Iowa. Interment was at Oakwood Cemetery.
VAN DYK-DUVEN FUNERAL HOME was in charge of arrangements.
615 West 1st Pella, IA 50219
PHONE: (641) 628-2540 FAX: (641) 613-3031
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Family links: 
  John William Bakker (1877 - 1941)
  Sara Vander Kamp Bakker (1876 - 1949)
  Jennette Roelphine Bakker (1908 - 2002)*
  William F Bakker (1909 - 1934)*
  Frank Albert Bakker (1913 - 2005)*
  Sarah Johanna Bakker (1914 - 2006)
*Calculated relationship
Oak Wood Cemetery
Marion County
Iowa, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 41.41034, -92.9273
Created by: Gerhardt Leffler
Record added: Nov 30, 2006
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Sarah Johanna Bakker
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Sarah Johanna Bakker
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Sarah Johanna Bakker
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