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 Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.