Margaret L. (Afman) Bostwick

  • Born: January 14, 1932
  • Died: May 22, 2021
  • Location: Augusta, Michigan

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home Cremation Care, Richland Chapel

9170 East D Avenue
Richland, MI 49083

Tel. (269) 629-6022

Tribute & Message From The Family

Margaret L. (Afman) Bostwick, age 89, of Augusta went home to be with her Lord on Saturday, May 22, 2021. She was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on January 14, 1932, the daughter of Martinus and Martha (Ritsema) Afman. Margaret graduated from Plainwell High School with the Class of 1949 and furthered her education at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. She retired from Knappen Milling Company in 1994 after 26 years. Previously throughout the years Margaret worked at TransAmerica Insurance in Battle Creek, Nooney's Drug Store, Radio Station WVOC, and Gull Meadows Farms.

Margaret married Earl Glaydon Bostwick at Plainwell Baptist Church on October 13, 1950; he sadly preceded her in death on May 22, 2012. She is survived by her children, David (Betty) Bostwick of Georgia, Douglas (Karina) Bostwick of Augusta, Dawn (David) Wendzel of Richland, Dean Bostwick of Augusta, Ruth Bostwick of Galesburg, and Dwight (Laurie) Bostwick of Minnesota; her special, adopted Malaysian daughter May Lai Loo and her husband, Eng Chong Lim and children, Eugene and Maggi of Illinois; her grandchildren, Eric (Michele) Bostwick, Kim (Stephen) Boyd, Shannon (Jack) Fritz, Jason (Corie)Wendzel, Justin (Kelly)Wendzel, Jared (Ashleigh) Wendzel, Jacob (Alicia) Bostwick, Joshua Bostwick, Nicholas (Kayla) Bostwick, Peter Bostwick, and Rachel Bostwick; her great-grandchildren, Benjamin, Catherine, Joshua, Lydia, Emily, Glaeden, Kiersten, Corrina, JD, Mary Jane, Lily, Tessa, Faith, Coleman, Brekan, Leyton, Jehnsen, Noel, Samuel and Alayna; her brother, Robert "Bob" (Hilda) Afman; brothers-in-law, Royce (Goldie) Cosgrove and Burton Cave; and several nieces & nephews. Margaret was also preceded in death by brothers, Fred (Martha) Afman and William "Bill" (Mary) Afman; her sisters, Marian Cosgrove, Bea (Bob)(John) Gren-Bailey, Geradine Cave; an infant sister; and a sister-in-law & her husband, Kent & Evelyn Wray.

Margaret was always very active within her church. Whatever church they attended, Margaret would get very involved, teaching Sunday School (over 70 years), directing the choir, and playing the piano and organ. In her later years, she enjoyed bird watching. Her most enjoyable Sunday School class was the "Ladies Friendship Bible Class" at Northeastern Baptist Church which she taught for over 25 years. This class brought many years of Bible teaching and deep friendships.

The family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 2nd at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Richland Chapel, 9170 East D. Ave. (M-89) Richland. The family will also receive friends 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., Thursday, June 3rd at the Northeastern Baptist Church, 6536 East G. Ave (@ Gull Road) Kalamazoo, where services to celebrate her life will begin at 2:00 p.m., Thursday. Interment will follow at Day Cemetery in Ross Township. Memorials may be directed to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan and/or the West Michigan Cancer Center. Personal messages for the family and/or favorite memories of Margaret may be placed at


Condolence & Memory Journal

So many warm memories about Margaret are flooding over me since I heard of her home going. We first met at the Bible church in Augusta, MI and then spent several years together at the Urbandale Baptist Church in Battle Creek. I was an awkward teen and her love and kindness toward me and all the teens, was a demonstration of God's love. She was my Sunday School teacher, choir director, mentor and friend. She had a lovely singing voice and as I'm sitting here reminiscing, I can remember her singing. "It will be worth it all, when we see Jesus." She knows the reality of that song first hand.
To Dave & Betty, Doug, Dawn, Dean and Dwight, you have my condolences. I loved your Mom! God bless and comfort you during this time of grieving.

Posted by Jan Fowler Housley - Friend   May 29, 2021

Our heartfelt condolences to the Bostwick family.
Beyond distance and beyond time our fond and cherished memories of Margaret remain always.
From Mr & Mrs Kau Fa Loo (Malaysia)

Posted by Mr & Mrs Kau Fa Loo - Acquaintance   May 27, 2021

Jim and I were very sorry to here about Margaret's passing.We lived on M89 all of our married life and were neighbors all that time.Rest in Peace Margaret.
Ella Joy McKay Bell and Jim Bell

Posted by Ella Joy McKay Bell - Augusta, MI - Neighbor   May 26, 2021

Mrs. Bostwick was a wonderful example of a kind and loving woman who I so admired. Thinking of your family at this sad time. Love, Pennie

Posted by Pennie Manto (formerly Cox) - Brantford, Ontario - Friend   May 26, 2021

Mrs. Bostwick was a wonderful example of a kind and loving woman who I so admired. Thinking of your family at this sad time. Love, Pennie

Posted by Pennie Manto (formerly Cox) - Brantford, Ontario - Friend   May 26, 2021

What a treasure Margaret was and is still to her Savior in heaven! So happy to know that she is now safely in Jesus’ arms, but very saddened to hear of her passing. I feel her loss deeply, even though we have lived hundreds of miles apart for many years. To the family - May God bring you all great comfort as you walk through your grief journey.

Posted by Susan Henderson - Friend   May 26, 2021

Wow, so sorry to hear of Margaret's passing. The memories are so numerous. The very best one is the year we sang, "No Greater Love," by John W. Peterson for Urbandale Baptist Church on Easter Sunday. To this day, I love that cantata. We had an awesome choir with Margaret as director.
So many times the youth went out to the Bostwick farm for fellowship. Seems like yesterday, yet a lifetime ago. Margaret left me with such a passion for old church hymns that today I attend a church so much like Urbandale. It's the only one in this area that sings the old hymns. So many great memories of the produce from the farm, the sweet corn especially. None better!
Y'all are in our prayers during this time of loss and grief. May God give you His perfect grace & peace. Julie & Colleen

Posted by Julie Freeman - Houston, TX - Family Friend   May 25, 2021

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

Posted by Kathy - Friend   May 24, 2021