Florence Buys


Florence Buys, 91, Edgerton, formerly of Leota, died Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, at the Sanford Hospice Cottage in Luverne.

Funeral services were Saturday, Aug. 15, at Ebenezer Christian Reformed Church in Leota. Burial was at Leota Community Cemetery.

Florence Koelewyn was born April 10, 1924, to Frank and Gerritje (Buijert) Koelewyn on the family farm in Leota Township, Nobles County. She attended Country School #63 and graduated from the eighth grade. She professed her faith at the Ebenezer Christian Reformed Church. After graduating from eighth grade, she helped ladies with housework. 

On Oct. 18, 1943, she married Walter Buys in the Chandler Christian Reformed parsonage. They farmed in Chanarambie Township until 1963 when they purchased a farm south of Chandler in Moulton Township. In 1978 they moved a mile to the Natte place where they lived for 16 years. In 1994 they moved to Leota. Walter died in 1995. Florence continued living in Leota until she moved to Edgebrook Assisted Living in May 2011. In August 2013 she moved to Edgebrook Nursing Home.

Florence was a member of the Ebenezer Christian Reformed Church. She enjoyed volunteering at the Worthington Regional Hospital, Pioneer Village and Nobles County Historical Museum. She loved going to household auctions. She also enjoyed the outdoors, visiting relatives and friends, playing Rook and other games.

Florence is survived by two children, Merlyn (Edna) Buys, Luverne, and his extended family, Larissa (Kevin) Caspersen, Edgerton, Ava (Arlan) VanderWoude, Tracy, California, Renita (Jason) Jasper, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Joan (Don) Willemsen, Pella, Iowa; and her extended family, Vivian Willemsen, Pella, Pam (James) Landrum, West Lafayette, Indiana, Karen (Jason) Doonan, Newton, Iowa, and Jody (Dustin) Gritters, Prairie City, Iowa; 14 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Gertrude (Harvey) Sas and Dena (Clares) Christians; a sister-in-law, Leona Koelewyn; a brother-in-law, Gilbert Corbin; and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Buys; her parents; two brothers, Frank Koelewyn, Art (Henrietta) Koelewyn, two sisters, Bertha Corbin, and Grace (John) Van Hulzen; and a daughter-in-law, Mary Buys, in December 2005.

Arrangements were by the Leota Burial Association and Dingmann Funeral Home of Luverne, www.dingmannandsons.com.

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