Wilma Esther (Meyer) Boyer died peacefully in her home on September 22, 2023, at the age of 97. She was born at home in Lincoln, Nebraska, on December 1, 1925, to George Alexander Meyer and Margaretha “Margaret” / “Mike” Klein, both first generation descendants of German immigrants from Russia. Wilma had one older sister and two older brothers, all of whom preceded her in death.
The Meyer family were farmers, first in the Sutton, Nebraska, area working in the wheat fields, then in the Loveland, Colorado, area working on sugar beet farms. Wilma graduated from Loveland High School. She worked at the local Woolworths Drug Store with her life-long friend, Mary Lou Boyer, whose big brother was Robert Boyer. In a post-World War II love story, Mary Lou, who had married Bob’s Navy shipmate, introduced Wilma and Bob when he came home from the South Pacific. They were married three weeks later on February 25, 1945, and remained married for more than 60 years until Bob’s death in 2006.
Wilma, like many women of her era, was a homemaker and a fine one at that. She raised a loving daughter and two onery boys. All of her children grew up to be stalwart members of their communities. Bob and Wilma enjoyed traveling around the United States in their RV after Bob retired from his work. They lived on McIntosh Lake outside of Tenino for a number of years and called Tenino home. Wilma enjoyed reading, working through crossword and jigsaw puzzles, daily walks, but most of all spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Centralia, Washington.
Wilma is survived by her children, Charla (Everett) Dunham of Tenino; Thomas (Julie) Boyer of Olympia; and Rick (Jeannie) Boyer of Bismarck, North Dakota. She has six grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren spread over Washington and North Dakota.
A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, December 2, 2023, 11:00 a.m. at the Gull Harbor Lutheran Church, 4610 Boston Harbor Road NE, Olympia, WA 98506.
Wilma loved flowers but asked that in lieu of flowers, you make donations to the American Diabetes Association, the Tenino Food Bank, or an organization of your choosing.
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