Our dear, sweet Oma; Maaike Johanna ‘T Hart Wouden “Anna” passed away peacefully at her home in Sandy, UT on Sunday, February 6, 2022.
She was born April 15, 1936 in Rotterdam, South Holland Netherlands to Willem ‘T Hart and Alida Frederika Spijker. The oldest of three sisters, Wilma Ure (Sara Wilhelmina ‘T Hart) and Joyce Pugmire (Johanna Frederika ‘T Hart), Anna lived thru the German Occupation of World War II Holland. Many stories she shared of being a child in the war years, of the terror bombings and how her family was spared as her home was the only home on the block left standing.
She emigrated with her family to Utah in 1950 at the age of 14 and they settled in South Salt Lake. At 17 years old, she went to a dutch HAFIO dance with her family and there she met her future husband, Henny (Henry B. Wouden-Hendricus Bernardus Van Der Wouden). He noticed her from across the room for the first time at that dance, turned to his date and said, pointing to Anna, “I’m going to marry that girl.”
Together they had four children: Wilford (Suzanne) Wouden, William (Sharon) Wouden, Johanna (Lee and Susan) Stewart and Pieter (Christine) Wouden. Together they raised their children with love and discipline (only love from their mother) and taught them the gospel of Jesus Christ. She was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. All her sons served full-time missions for the church, and together with her husband she served a full-time mission to her home country of Holland from 1990-1992. This was hard for her to leave her grandchildren whom she loved very much, but she made many new friends on her mission and was loved by the young missionaries she served with.
She loved being with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and was always seen playing with them or singing “klap eens in je Handjes” (clap once in the hands) and performing the hand and face gestures with them. She had many dear friends, lifelong dutch friends, ward and neighbor friends and loved to play cards and to visit with them. She was loved by all. Her patriarchal blessing said “the adversary will have NO POWER over you” and this statement was true, for she was truly an angel.
She was proud of working with her son and many family members at his restaurant, Woody’s Drive In for the past 25 years and was saddened when her health declined in the recent couple of years and she was forced to stay home.
She is so grateful for the love, care and service that all her family and friends have given to her and always expressed gratitude to each one of them for their love.
She is survived and will be missed by her sister, Joyce (Lynn) Pugmire, her three sons, son-in-law and daughters-in-law, 26 grandchildren and more than 60 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by her daughter Johanna, and her husband Henry. What a joyous reunion there must be in heaven with her husband and beloved daughter, Joni as well as her many friends and relatives that have gone before her.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 11th at 11:00 AM at Larkin Sunset Gardens at 1950 East Dimple Dell Rd. (10600 South), Sandy, Utah. There will be a viewing held there that morning from 10:00 – 11:00 AM. Interment to follow where she will be placed to rest next to her daughter, Joanna and husband, Henry.
For those wishing to virtually attend services through zoom please visit www.larkinmortuary.com