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 Thursday, May 23, the 143rd day of 2013. There are 222 days left in the year. 1863 — 150 years ago: Messrs. J. and M. Rosenfield have moved their leather and hidestore to the building formerly occupied by Temple Bufords's store. They buy and sellhides, pelts, furs, wool, beeswax, lard, tallow, etc. 1888 -- 125 years ago: The Rock Island Lumber Company has recovered 5,000 of the8,000 logs that were carried away by the Mississippi River flood last week. 1913 -- 100 years ago: John J. Ullemeyer has been awarded the contract to furnish RockIsland fire and police department members with uniforms, at the city's expense. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Work on Aledo's new $38,000 swimming pool was started thismorning at South Park when ground for the pool was broken by Mayor John W. Murphy. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Students and teacher at Moline High School called today "MissLeona Day" day at the school in honor of the government teacher who retires at theend of the school term. Although she's been teaching for 43 years at the school, Miss Dayfound a new way of arriving at the school this morning. At 7:30 a.m., a police squad carpulled up in front of Miss Day's home and escorted her to school. A caravan of students' cars joined the procession along the way. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Barbecue cooking and riverfront antics are planned for Discover the River Day Saturday in Leach Park, Bettendorf. A 5K run, wind surfing, a canoe race, hogcalling and more will round out the day under the Interstate 74 bridge.