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Margaret Palmer, dearly loved by her family and all who knew her, died peacefully on April 4, 2013, at the age of 95.
For all those she encountered, from whatever walk of life, she left an indelible mark in her unfailing and infectious positive spirit. She was thoughtful and caring, always reaching out, usually in quiet and understated ways, to affirm and support others. Curious and thoughtful, she combined a resolute optimism with practical insight. Always gracious, when the time was right, she was full of fun. One could always see a warmly radiating kindness, and a bright twinkle, in her eyes. Ever generous, yet never calling attention to herself, she was simply grateful she could make a difference. And what a lasting difference she made, in distinctive ways, for those with whom she shared the walk of life.
Born on May 14, 1917, daughter of Nina (Warren) (a former first grade teacher) and Cecil Myers (a Canadian born civil engineer overseeing construction for General Motors), in Redford, Michigan, Margaret, as a young lady was spirited, inquisitive, and while a serious and accomplished student, had a mischievous streak and a playful sense of humor, with all these traits flourishing throughout her life. As she was never self-promoting, few would know that she was a lady "ahead of her time," steeped in science, as a 1938 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan majoring in biochemistry.
Having moved to Toledo, she met and married the love of and cherished partner in her life, C. Paul Palmer Jr., then a young lawyer in the firm of Williams Eversman and Morgan. After various stops during Paul's service in the US Army during WWII, they moved to Findlay, Ohio in the late 1940s, where they happily raised their family, sons, Carl and Tom, and daughter, Martha, and made their home for the balance of their lives. Margaret, active in her own right, supported her husband Paul in his business and civic responsibilities, including his service as president and chairman of Findlay based National Lime & Stone Co. Always involved and interested in her children and grandchildren's school and extracurricular events, Margaret cherished collaborating with her friends in a broad range of activities in Findlay, including Thursday Conversational, the Shakespeare Club, Saint Andrews United Methodist Church (where she and her dear friend Jane Morgan set up the church's first library), the Mazza Collection, and later in life, the University of Findlay. In concert with her husband and usually "under the radar," she welcomed their capability to be benefactors in the community and beyond.
The "special sauce" for Margaret was her capacity to truly care about the people in her life and to will a positive attitude in the face of every challenge.
Margaret is survived by her children, Carleton P. Palmer III (Zan), Thomas W. Palmer (Susan), Martha McNutt (Terry); grandchildren, C. Paul Palmer IV (Sarah), Elizabeth Wentz (William), Emily Janz (Ryan), Sarah McNutt, Molly Stewart (Jeremy), Patrick McNutt (Crystal); and great-grandchildren, Carleton Paul Palmer V, William A. III and Zarin Wentz, Luke Thomas Janz, Lily, Layla and Joseph Stewart, Jackson and Logan McNutt, and her brother, Thomas W. Myers (Betty), all of whom she treasured as her family and who love her dearly.
Visitation will be at KIRKPATRICK - BEHNKE FUNERAL HOME, 500 Lima Avenue, Findlay, Ohio from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, 2013. The funeral service will begin at 11 on Monday, April 8, at St. Andrews United Methodist Church, Findlay, Ohio.
Memorials may be made to St. Andrews United Methodist Church, 120 West Sandusky Street, Findlay, Ohio 45840 or to Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy. Online condolences may be sent to the family via
Published in Toledo Blade from Apr. 6 to Apr. 7, 2013