GENESEO – Judy DeBoever believes doing for others is a gift to herself.
Recently named Geneseo Woman of the Year by the Geneseo Alliance of Ladies, Mrs. DeBoever said the greatest gift she has been given "is being able to help honor our deceased veterans with the Aisle of Flags in our parks. My greatest honor was to be a guardian on the Honor Flight in September of 2010."
Mrs. DeBoever was nominated for the annual award for her years of volunteer efforts with Geneseo's Aisle of Flags, of which she is president, and for her involvement with the Memorial Day Association, of which she and her husband, Bob, are co-presidents.
In addition, Mrs. DeBoever keeps a record of all deceased veterans from the Geneseo area, and those names are printed in the program for the Memorial Day Program in Geneseo City Park.
The couple was instrumental in establishing a Memorial Garden for Veterans on the grounds of First Lutheran Church, Geneseo, where they are members.
After graduating from Geneseo High School in 1963, Mrs. DeBoever attended Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wis. She worked as a dental assistant for 24 years. She also helped operate the food counter at Stenzel Auctions, Cambridge, for 10 years.
She has been a member of the Sundowners Home Extension Unit for more than 40 years and is a life member of the VFW Auxiliary in Geneseo. Mrs. DeBoever has received two awards from the Geneseo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution for her "excellence to the community."
The DeBoevers have two daughters, Jodi (Steve) Martin, of Cambridge, and Jamie (Mike) Paape, of Eau Claire, Wis.; and two grandsons.
Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000. 1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city. 1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association. 1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College. 1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.