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Mary Octavia (Wisdom) Palmer

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Mary Octavia (Wisdom) Palmer

June 12, 1917 ~ August 26, 2013

Mary Octavia (Wisdom) Palmer was called home on August 26, 2013, at the age of 96. She was born on June 12, 1917, in Thalia, TX, to Charles and Nora Wisdom. She was one of four girls raised on the family farm. Her place was by her daddy’s side, working in the fields. Mary married the love of her life, Donald Raymond Palmer, on Christmas Day 1938. She worked as a nurse for many years in Texas and after they moved to California, in 1957, continued nursing before going into the retail shoe business with Don. Mary was an avid quilter and her children and grandchildren were often recipients of one of these loving gifts. She also was an avid reader and enjoyed playing Dominoes. Mary was a devout Christian and lifetime member of the Church of Christ. She was the living definition of what it meant to be a Christian. Mary always had a kind word and a shoulder to lean on. She was known to family and friends as Ninny, a nickname that her first grandchild, Mark, gave her. She had a wonderful sense of humor and always had a smile in her eyes.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Nora Wisdom; husband, Don; son, Charles; sisters, Pauline Whitaker, Maye Whitaker, and Johnnie Mixon. She is survived be her children, Donna (Robert) Brown of American Canyon, CA and Patrick (Theresa) Palmer of Wenatchee, WA. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Mark (Kathleen) Forbess, Paige Palmer, Brent Palmer, Sean (Lena) Palmer and Jordan Palmer; three great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. She will be forever missed and honored by all those she touched.

A Private Family Service will be held.


It broke our hearts to lose you,

But you did not go alone.

For part of us went with you,

The day God called you home.


Please express your thoughts and memories on the online guestbook at Arrangements are by Jones & Jones~Betts Funeral Home, Wenatchee.

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