DeKALB – Gladys Laverne Palmer Boyer, 90, formerly of Sterling, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, at Oak Crest Retirement Center in DeKalb.
Gladys was born May 18, 1922, in Rock Falls, the daughter of John and Mabel (Jacobs) Palmer. She married Edward T. Boyer on Sept. 12, 1941, in Sterling. He preceded her in death on Oct. 5, 1985, after more than 44 years of marriage.
She was employed in various positions throughout her working life. But by far, the job she enjoyed most was as a volunteer at the thrift shop in Rock Falls that continues to support Christ Lutheran School in Sterling. She moved to Oak Crest in 2004 to be closer to her daughter.
She is survived by her four children, Lois (Ken) Hinz of Decatur, John (Sarah) Boyer of Bethesda, Md., Neil (Carmen) Boyer of Algonquin, and Linda (Gary) Wiggins of DeKalb; seven grandchildren, Ben, David, Jane, Anne, Jordan, Tom, and Tina; and four great-grandchildren, Rollie, Valerie, Addison, and Abigail.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edward; her brother, Glen Palmer; and one grandson, Matthew, in infancy.
Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Feb. 15 at Coloma Township Cemetery, 908 Avalon St., Rock Falls, with the Rev. Ray Krueger, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in DeKalb, officiating. Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home in DeKalb is handling arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christ Lutheran School, 2000 18th Ave., Sterling, IL 61081, or sent in care of Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home, 310 Oak St., DeKalb, IL 60115.
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