Laura M. (Palmer) Fernandes

Age 87, of Elsmere passed on Saturday, October 20, 2012 surrounded by her loving family.

Laura was born in Philadelphia, PA on April 7, 1925. She graduated from West Philadelphia High School in 1944.

She was a wonderful homemaker, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She enjoyed spending time with her family. She retired as a teacher's aide in 1985 after 18 years, from Conrad Area School District. She was a life member of Elsmere Fire Co. Ladies Auxillary for 52 years, past President, Chaplain, Director, Asst. Treasurer, and other offices. She was a member of Elsmere Presbyterian Church for 62 years. Laura loved the years that she was able to be a member of the choir, Session, Elder, Deacon, Child Care, and Librarian. She was honored as the "Woman of the Year" in 1987.

Laura was the daughter of the late Charles Harry and Laura Mae (Heller) Palmer. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Harry. She is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, who faithfully cared for her with love and devotion for 70 months, Russell H. Sr.; her children, Russell H. Jr. (Rebecca), Roger W., Richard L. (Anne), Laura M. (Michael), and Robert D. (Diane); 10 grandchildren, Erin, Matthew, Lindsay, Erica, Marissa, Sadie, Christopher, Jennifer, Ryan, and Bradley; 2 great-grandsons, Mason and Alexander. She is also survived by her dear friend, Margaret Wallace; nieces; nephews, cousins, and many friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the service at Elsmere Presbyterian Church, 606 New Rd., Elsmere on Monday morning, October 29, at 10 am. Friends may call at the Krienen-Griffith Funeral Home, 1400 Kirkwood Hwy., Elsmere on Sunday afternoon, October 28, from 2-4 pm. Interment in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear.

Thank you to Compassionate Care Hospice for their special care of Laura.

In lieu of flowers please make contributions in Laura's memory to Elsmere Presbyterian Church, 606 New Rd., Elsmere, DE 19805, Elsmere Fire Co., 1107 Kirkwood Hwy., Elsmere, DE 19805, or Compassionate Care Hospice, 702B Kirkwood Hwy., Wilmington, DE 19805.

Krienen-Griffith Funeral Home

Published in The News Journal from Oct. 25 to Oct. 26, 2012