Henriette “Hetty” Boundy

  • Written by Karin Hopper

Obit BoundyHenriette “Hetty” Boundy, most recently of Woodinville and LaConner, Washington, died peacefully on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at the age of 86, following a brief illness.

Hetty was born on January 24, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois to Henry and Elizabeth (Besse) Fikse. Born to a tenant farmer’s family, Hetty’s childhood was defined by the Great Depression and the annual growing season. Hetty moved nearly every year. Her father found his living by writing to relatives, inventing a new business or riding the rails to places where there were rumors of jobs. Hetty spent her school years in Dutch immigrant communities in the Midwest, the Los Angeles area and several communities in western Washington: Mukilteo, Swan’s Trail (Everett) and Vaughn.

Hetty’s life was defined by the extraordinary levels of commitment she brought to every task.

She was heavily involved in Young Life, a non-denominational Christian ministry that reaches out to adolescents. For over 50 years she served as a committee member, group leader and fundraiser.

She was an attentive and resourceful mother. Every other summer, she took her five children on summer-long cross-country road trips to visit relatives. Winding through national parks, farmlands, mountains, badlands, forests and seashores, every trip became a natural history excursion.

Hetty had an unwavering faith in God. Everywhere she lived, she was an active and dedicated church and choir member. She had a lifelong passion for singing; even in her final illness, she sang the descant line in hymns.

She was married for 38 years to Bruce Boundy. Hetty is survived by her son David Boundy, Boston, MA; daughter Susan Boundy-Sanders (Chris Sanders), Woodinville, WA; son Mark Boundy, Phoenix, AZ; son Peter Boundy, Mesa, AZ; daughter Kyria Boundy-Mills (David Mills), Davis, CA; and six grandchildren: Jacob Sanders, Lillian Boundy, Tom Boundy, Matt Boundy, Katherine Mills and Noa Mills.

She is preceded in death by parents Henry and Elizabeth Fikse, sister Geraldine (George) Anderson, brother Cornelius “Neil” (Anita) Fikse, sister Ellen (Charlie) Fleming, and brother Tyman (Elsie) Fikse.

A memorial service is planned for Saturday, July 25 at Kenmore Community Church in Kenmore, Washington. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Young Life, The Skagit Valley Chorale or the National Park Foundation.

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