Shirley Palmer

Shirley M. Palmer

Thursday, October 17th, 1935 - Thursday, April 18th, 2019
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Shirley M. Palmer, age 83, of Johnson, Kansas, died Thursday, April 18, 2019, at Stanton County Long Term Care Unit in Johnson, Kansas. She was born October 17, 1935, in Hooker, Oklahoma, the daughter of Harry Amos and Beulah Idel (Grounds) Thrall.

Shirley graduated from Rolla High School and attended Panhandle State University. She married Wendell Addison Palmer on January 7, 1955, in Guymon, Oklahoma. Shirley was a very talented and ambitious lady. She could do anything from baking cinnamon rolls to building fence. Shirley was a teller and proof room supervisor for over 20 years at a bank in Guymon, drove truck across country, was a flag lady for a highway crew, worked in the medial records department at the hospital in Johnson, and was a rural mail carrier until the age of 76 when she retired. Shirley was an accomplished artist in painting and drawing. Some of her hobbies included making jewelry, ceramics, photography, dancing, and listening to country music. Her passions included riding horses and spending time outdoors. Shirley was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Johnson.

Shirley is survived by one son; Kent Palmer and wife Rae of Colorado; one daughter, Gay Whetstone and husband Gary of Garden City; sister, Karen Brown of Gainesville, Virginia, step-sister, Veda Bressler, step-brothers, Terry Dibble and wife Lana, and Don Dibble and wife Mary; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Wendell; son, Douglas Addison Palmer; and brother, Clifton Thrall.

Memorial service will be Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at 10:00 AM at the First United Methodist Church in Johnson, Kansas with Reverend Richard Fitzgerald officiating. Inurnment will be at the Barton Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be given to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO Box 715, Johnson, Kansas 67855.
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    Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 | 10:00am
    Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 10:00am
    First United Methodist Church
    202 S. Nipp St.
    JOHNSON, KS 67855
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Gail Beggs

Posted at 09:39am
I am so very sorry for the loss of your mom/granny/friend. She truly was a remarkable woman. I don't think there was anything she could not do if she put her mind to it. I enjoyed the time I got to spend with her whether at the house or out dancing. I know she will be missed. I love the scripture in Revelation 21: 1-4. I know she will be kicking butt in heaven! See you later Shirley!

The Purcells

Posted at 08:52pm
I'm so sorry for your loss Kurtsy and family. We love you.

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Doug Brown

Posted at 05:14pm
In memory of Shirley Palmer, my wonderful aunt. Let this tree grow to be as strong and beautiful as she was.
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Josh Herald

Posted at 11:51am
Prayers to the family!

Chelsey Hoffman

Posted at 06:19am
I am deeply saddened to hear of Shirley's passing and I offer my sincere condolences. I know you will sorely miss such a wonderful presence in your family. In these difficult times, you can find great comfort in the hope for the future present in the bible at Revelation 21:4. This scripture references future conditions on Earth, in which there will be no more suffering or death. There is also a hope found in John 5:28, 29.  The resurrection that this Bible verse talks about will give us the opportunity to see our lost loved ones again. I know it will be a joyous time when you can see Shirley's beautiful smile once more!

Richard Kleffman Posted at 10:08am

I’m sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you at this time.

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