Martha L. “Marty” Boyer, 75

Martha L. “Marty” Boyer, 75, died Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at Mercy Hospice in Johnston from lung cancer. Memorial services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, October 6, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Urbandale where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Graveside services will be held 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Marshalltown.

Marty was born in Marshalltown, Iowa on October 23, 1940, to Daniel and Lucille (Dickey) Ward. She graduated from Marshalltown High School in 1958. Marty attended Methodist Kahler School of Nursing in Rochester, MN. She was a Registered Nurse for 50 + years. Marty worked in Rochester, MN, Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines and 40 years at VA Medical Center in Des Moines, retiring in 2010.

Marty grew up on a farm and always loved animals, gardening (Master Gardener) and being outdoors.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Marty is survived by sons, Thad Boyer and Bill Dull; daughter, Molly (Chris) Fry; brother, Charles (Sherry) Ward; ex-husband, Wayne Boyer and good friend Charles Thoen.

Memorial contributions may be made to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Des Moines Botanical Center or the Animal Rescue League of Iowa. Online condolences will be welcomed at