Dona M. Boyer, 85, of Granite City, Ill., born Dec. 17, 1930, in Granite City, Ill., passed away at noon Monday, April 11, 2016, at Missouri Baptist Hospital, St. Louis, Mo.
She was a licensed practical nurse retiring from St. Elizabeth Hospital in Granite City, Ill., after 33 years of dedicated and caring service. She was a faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church of Granite City where she was active with the Seafarers group. She was also a member of the New Hope chapter of Eastern Star, and had served as a Past-Worthy Matron, and enjoyed attending H.O.P.E. widow's luncheons. She volunteered with Gateway Regional Hospice and Figs. She and her late husband played the dulcimer, and enjoyed their days of fishing. She cherished time spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Richard Boyer, whom she married on Jan. 1, 1949, in St. Louis, Mo., and who passed away on Nov. 20, 2004; her parents, William G. and Helen L., nee Pottschmidt, Harris; a son-in-law, Dr. David Dugger; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Marilyn and Bill Hasty and Joyce Stevenson; and a brother and sister-in-law, William and Joyce Harris.
Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Paul A. and Nancy Boyer of Glen Carbon, Ill.; a daughter, Cindi Dugger of Rio Rancho, N.M.; five grandchildren and their spouses, Elizabeth and Keith Riesberg of Rio Rancho, N.M., Chris and Summer Boyer of Glen Carbon, Ill., Ryan and Jami Dugger of Fayetteville, Ark., Julie and Jon Reynolds of Bunker Hill, Ill., and John R. and Beth Dugger of Pewaukee, Wis.; 14 great-grandchildren, Cameron Boyer, Katie Riesberg, Alex Riesberg, Elyse Dugger, Katherine Reed, Finley Dugger, Harper Dugger, Brecken Dugger, Joshua Reynolds, Isaiah Reynolds, Hadassah Reynolds, Isabella Boyer, Savannah Boyer and Ataleigha Reynolds; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Carol and Jerry Davis of Clearwater, Fla., and June Meredith of Gulf Breeze, Fla.; and other extended family and many dear friends.
Memorials may be made to The Family Treehouse Outreach, 2542 E. 25th Street in support of Figs and Twigs and may be accepted at the funeral home. Online condolences at:
Visitation: In celebration of her life, visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 16, 2016, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City, Ill.
Service: Eastern Star service and funeral service will be held at noon Saturday, April 16, 2016, at the chapel, with Reverend Jeff Welch, Reverend Lisa Guilliams, and Reverend Roy Boyer officiating. Burial will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.
Granite City, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Apr. 13, 2016