July 7, 1922 - Feb. 17, 2011
Mildred "Mickey" Palmer, 88, passed away on Feb. 17, 2011, at the Spokane Veteran's Retirement Home.
Mickey was born on July 7, 1922, in Walla Walla to Otto and Pearl Dryer Scheider. She attended Prospect Point Elementary School and graduated from Walla Walla High School in the class of 1940. She was employed at Continental Can as a secretary prior to her marriage.
Mickey met Perry Palmer while he was stationed in Walla Walla as a 2nd lieutenant and co-pilot of the B-17; he was enlisted with the U.S. Army Air Corps. They fell in love, yet decided to wait until Perry came back from the war to get married. Many anxious love letters were sent back and forth during Perry's time in Europe flying his missions in WWII. Her prayers were answered and Perry came back safely. She
married Perry Palmer in Walla Walla on June 12, 1944, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church. They had four children Patricia "Patte" Altergott-Fischer (Spokane), Diane Hamrick (1946-1976), Gary Palmer (Walla Walla), and Melinda "Susie" Hicks (Portland). Mickey and Perry purchased Derby Electric in 1950 and owned it until 1997.
Mickey is survived by her husband, Perry Palmer; three of their children; 10 grandchildren, Paul Fischer (Oregon), Matthew Fischer (Spokane), Michael Fischer (Seattle), David Fischer (Spokane), Kiersten Hamrick ( Gig Harbor), Heather Hamrick, Jennifer (Hamrick) Sewell (Spokane), Mason Palmer (Walla Walla), Megan Palmer (Walla Walla), Abigail Hicks (Portland); 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; her sister, Wilma, and two of her children.
Mickey was a devoted stay-at-home mother and later grandmother. She truly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren; she provided loving care both days and nights to them. She was a loving influence in the lives of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who are forever grateful for her guidance, love and inspiration. She was involved in many activities. She belonged to the Walla Walla Women's Bowling Assn. (1970s-80s). She and Perry enjoyed the outdoors and had a summer place at Clear Lake, where many friends were made and family often gathered. She was an active member of Emmanuel Lutheran
Church. She enjoyed attending the many and varied music, sports, 4-H, PTA and dance activities of her children, and grandchildren.
Mildred "Mickey" and Perry lived in Walla Walla until the fall of 2009, when they moved to Spokane to be closer to family. They've resided at Spokane Veterans Retirement Home since then.
At Mickey's request there will be no viewing. Private family burial will be on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, at Mountain View Cemetery. The memorial funeral service will be held at Emmanuel Lutheran Church on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, at 2 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Spokane, Spokane Veteran's Home or The Juvenile Diabetes Association through the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315
W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA.