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 Friday, July 25, the 206th day of 2014. There are 159 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army. 1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square. 1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.