Catherine PALMER (04/09/1940 - 08/16/2014)

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PALMER, Catherine (Age 74) Of Cheney and Pullman, Washington, entered into rest on August 16th after a hard fought battle with Lymphoma at the Avalon Care Center in Pullman. She was born in Seattle on April 9, 1940 to Adell and Andrew Cox. She graduated from Ballard High School in Seattle in 1958 and continued her education at the University of Washington. She received a BA in Education in 1962 and a Master's of Education in 1974 from Eastern Washington University. Mrs. Palmer's lifetime vocation as a business education teacher began in 1962. After teaching for 27 years at Cheney High School she retired in 1996. She taught at Rainier Beach High School and Seattle Community College for 7 years before marrying Kermit G. Palmer (deceased) and moving to Cheney. They later divorced. Mrs. Palmer considered the highlight of her teaching career the two years spent teaching a Senior Citizens computer class offered after school at Cheney High School. She knew there was no age limit to learning. Mrs. Palmer was active in the local, state and regional professional Business Educations Associations. She was a long-time member of the Board of Directors of the Cheney Federal Credit Union; a 35-year member of Alpha Psi of Beta Sigma Phi; and was a USCF Cycling Official instrumental in bringing two days of the 1988 Olympic Cycling Trials to Cheney. She was a member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Spokane. While at the University of Washington she started her association with her sorority, Sigma Kappa. She became the advisor to Epsilon Rho Chapter at EWU from 1971-1983. Although a Husky, she spent her latter years as Sigma Kappa's House Director at WSU in Pullman. A special friend, Shirley Emerson, taught several House Directors Mah Jongg. Mrs. Palmer was "hooked" and enjoyed playing the game whenever possible. The ladies of Alpha Gamma Chapter provided 18 years of constant drama which kept Mrs. Palmer entertained. She greeted all her students and sorority members with a smile and showed a genuine interest in them. She was very happy in Pullman with her sorority sisters. Her message to them, and us all, is this: "In 2007-08 when I had chemotherapy for Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, I lost my hair, eyebrows and eyelashes. I was tired a lot of the time, but, I hoped to show by my actions and words, that the important things in life were love, compassion, and understanding. Someday, many of the Sigmas will face cancer in their own lives. I want them to remember me and think, "Mrs. Palmer did it with a smile", and not feel as afraid. I want them to remember courage and love when they think about me." Mrs. Palmer is survived by: her son Andy Palmer and sister Marylyn Nelson. Daughter-in-law Kelli Palmer and three granddaughters (Anabella, Alivia and Amelia), brother-in-law Gerald Nelson, stepdaughter Monette Palmer LeMay and stepson Jeff Palmer. No local services will be held. KIMBALL FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY of Pullman, WA is caring for the family. Online condolences may be sent to

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Published in Spokesman-Review on Aug. 22, 2014
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