Helen Elaine Boyer, daughter of Raymond Arthur and Cleta Eugence (Mathis) Keller was born July 21, 1934 in Harrison Co., Missouri. Also born of this union was her sister, LaVon. The family moved to Diagonal where she lived for 2 years. They then moved to Lotts Creek and lived with her grandparents Vern and Floy Mathis. She attended school in Harrison Co., Missouri, Watterson County School and Mount Ayr High School. She got her CNA certificate while in high school and began working as a nurse. Elaine worked at the Ringgold County Hospital for 1 year when it first opened.
Elaine met her first love while he was a patient at the hospital. She was united in marriage to Joseph Boyer Jr on December 18, 1951 in Kellerton. To this union two children were born Ardis and Debra. In 1968 she went back to work at the Ringgold County Hospital and continued to work there til 1971. She worked Clearview Home in Mt. Ayr from 1971 til 1974. She then went to work at Best Western Motel in Lamoni where she got to meet many famous singers that had performed at the K Bar C. She helped get the Lamoni Manor Nursing Home started and went on to have a career in nursing where she passionately cared for the elderly. During her career, she also acquired her Medication Aide Certification.
Elaine enjoyed going to the Regular Baptist Church in Mount Ayr, embroidering, reading, gardening, and watching her grandchildren grow. She also enjoyed going to country music jam sessions where she met her second love, Carl Lilly, who taught her to dance. They spent many years enjoying the music and dancing.
Elaine passed away Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at the Greater Regional Medical Center in Creston. She was preceded in death by her parents; parents-in-law; grandmother - mom Floy Mathis; sister, Irene Keller; brothers Jimmy Fredrickson and Donald Keller; nephew, Timmy Keller.
Elaine is survived by her companion Carl Lilly of Mount Ayr; 2 daughters Ardis (Jeff) Dawson of Decatur and Debra (Gary) Saville of Mount Ayr; grandchildren Barbara (Tracy) McClain, Melanie (Lawrence) Blocker, Ellen Saville, Lorrie (Shannon) Scrivner, Mary Saville, Joe (Becky) Saville, Joshua Swigart; many great and great-great grandchildren; brother, Robert (Nancy) Keller, Sr.; sister, Sarafina Pedersen; sister-in-law Linda Keller; brother-in-law Ronald Boyer; many nieces, nephews and extended family.
Memorials are to the Tingley Meal Site.
Services: 2:00 p.m. – Saturday, October 19, 2019 at the Regular Baptist Church – Mount Ayr
Officiant: Rev Seth Denney
Open Viewing: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Fri, Oct 18
Family Present: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Fri, Oct 18 at Armstrong Funeral Home
Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery – Lamoni, IA
Memorial: Tingley Meal Site
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