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, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.