2008-08-23 / Obituaries

Mary Louise, Mary Lou Palmer

Mary Louise, Mary Lou Palmer, 75, of Thornville, passed away peacefully Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008, at the home of her son, Michael J. Palmer and his family, where she lived for the past four years.

Mary Lou was born November 16, 1932, in Dahlgren, VA, the only child of the late Jud D. and Mildred E. (Hufford) Trimmer. She grew up in Virginia, California, Florida, and Rhode Island, moving as her father was transferred during his naval career.

She attended East Greenwich High School in East Greenwich, RI where she was a member of the Rhode Island Honor Society and graduating class of 1950. In 1953, she graduated from The Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Pawtucket, RI and began her career as a registered nurse at The Memorial Hospital. She was united in marriage to James H. Palmer, Jr. on July 4, 1953, at Our Lady of Mercy Church in East Greenwich, RI. In 1955, she moved with him to her beloved farm near Thornville where she lived for the next 49 years. While raising her family of six children and caring for her husband who was chronically ill, she continued to work as a registered nurse and later retired from the Fairfield Medical Center in Lancaster.

A life-long animal lover, she most enjoyed riding horses in her younger years. A highlight of her life was the two weeks she spent (while a teen) at the White Horse Ranch in Napier, Nebraska. During her retirement, she enjoyed traveling with her family, reading novels, gardening, attending Maranatha Bible Church, and caring for her devoted canine companion, Roley.

A wonderful mother whose generosity and love for her children was unending, and whose heart was as big as life itself, is survived by her sons, James P. (Lois) Palmer of Pataskala, Timothy A. (Kimberly) Palmer of Thornville, and Michael J. (Ginger) Palmer of Thornville; daughters, Christy S. Palmer of Columbus and Kathleen (Mike) Murphy of Thornville; 19 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and numerous cousins.

A beloved daughter, wife, mother and grandmother, she was preceded in death, in addition to her parents by her husband of 25 years, James H. Palmer, Jr. (1978), and a son, Benjamin E. Palmer (2005).

Services were August 16, 2008, at Maranatha Bible Church, Glenford, with Pastor Steven Shaw officiating. She was laid to rest beside her husband in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Somerset.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mary Lou Palmer to FairHoPe Hospice and Palliative Care, 282 Sells Rd., Lancaster, Ohio 43130.

Bope-Thomas Funeral Home in Somerset was entrusted to care for the Palmer family.

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