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Gladys Boyer

PRINCETON — Gladys Marie Boyer, 80, of Princeton, formerly of Buda, passed away at 8:10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

She was born Nov. 28, 1932, in Stuart, Iowa, to Marion and Stella (Tyrrell) Boyer.

She graduated from Johnston Consolidated High School in Johnston, Iowa, from Broadlawns Polk County School of Nursing in Des Moines, Iowa, and from St. Joseph Hospital School of Anesthesia in Lancaster, Pa. She attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and Eastern Baptist College in St. David, Pa.

She retired from the Army Nurse Corps Reserve, where she served from 1965 to 1989. She also worked at In-Home Care VNA in Princeton and the Bureau County Health Department in Princeton, She was a nurse anesthetist at Kewanee Hospital in Kewanee, Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton and Broadlawns Polk County Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. She also worked at the Fort Carson Army Medical Center in Fort Carson, Colo., Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco, Calif., and Chester County Hospital in West Chester, Pa.

Her past volunteer work includes parish nurse at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Princeton, Buda Rescue Squad for 13 years, Bureau County American Red Cross nurse, and board member for In-Home Care VNA and Bureau County Hospice.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Princeton, Buda American Legion Frank W. Suggitt Post 261, Princeton American Legion Woman's Auxiliary Unit 125, Women of the Moose Lodge in Princeton, Bureau Valley Good Sam RV Club in Princeton and AMVETS.

She served as a colonel in the U.S. Army Nurse Corp Reserve from Sept 26, 1965, to June 9, 1989. Her service medals include Army Commendation, Army Achievement, Armed Forces Reserve and Army Reserve Components Achievement.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; five sisters, Virgina Brush, Eunice Sadler, Alice Irene Putney, Opal Gorden and Marjorie Schlapkohl; and two brothers, Floyd Boyer and Albert Bruce Carl.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in the First United Methodist Church, Princeton, with the Rev. Tom Ostrander officiating. Burial will be in the Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, with military rites conducted by Buda American Legion, Frank W. Suggitt Post 261.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton.

Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church in Princeton, Gateway Services in Princeton or Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton.

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