Margaret Jones Palmer - BETHESDA, MD - Margaret Jones Palmer, 96, of Bethesda, MD died August 23 in her home surrounded by her family. A native of Savannah, Margaret McCamy Jones was born on October 4, 1916. Her father, Thomas Jones, was formerly the Editorial Page editor of the Savannah Morning News. In her childhood, Mrs. Palmer lived in Savannah and on Tybee Island with her father, mother Maude, sister Gertrude, and brothers Thomas and C. Gordon. Mrs. Palmer attended the University of Georgia and later joined the U.S. Department of State after studying in Heidelberg, Germany. She married Joseph Palmer II of Boston, MA in 1941 who later served as the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria and Libya, and the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. Mrs. Palmer completed the requirements for her degree from the University of Georgia in 1995 at age 79. She maintained a home on Tybee Island for much of her retirement. She is survived by Joseph W. (Sharon) Palmer of Tybee Island, GA; Heather P. (Jafar) Jafari of Gaithersburg, MD; Thomas J. (Joan) Palmer of Kensington, MD; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Savannah Morning News September 6, 2013 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at savannahnow.com/obituaries.
Published in Savannah Morning News on Sept. 6, 2013