HARVARD – Joyce Eileen Palmer, 80, of Harvard, died Wednesday, July 18, 2012, at Mercy Harvard Hospital.|
She was born Oct. 29, 1931, in Collinsville to Walter J. and Mary Evelyn (Harris) Strong. She married Roy V. Palmer on Oct. 9, 1969, in Harvard. Earlier she was married to Luke Oberwise (deceased).
Joyce graduated from Collinsville High School in 1949. She was a graduate of the University of Illinois in 1953, where she was on the synchronized swimming team. Her graduate work was done at Arizona State University in Phoenix, where she completed her master of arts in education degree in 1969.
Joyce's first year of teaching was as a physical education teacher for grades 5 through 12 in Harvard. The remainder of her 32 years of teaching was as a kindergarten teacher for Harvard School District 50. She was a member of the McHenry County Master Gardeners, McHenry County Conservation Board of Trustees, Harvard Community Garden Club, Harvard Diggins Library Board, quilt club, bridge club and Queen's Vagabonds choir. She also was a member of First United Methodist Church in Harvard, where she was a Sunday school teacher, financial secretary and choir member. She enjoyed scuba diving, cross-country skiing, hiking, swimming, gardening, playing cards, traveling, crocheting and quilting. Most of all, she enjoyed her family and friends.
Survivors include four children, Michelle (Bob) Oberwise Lacock of Yorkville, Mike (Leoni) Oberwise of Carpenter, Wyo., Andrew Palmer of Belvidere and C.J. Palmer of Harvard; nine grandchildren, Nicole Frank, Elizabeth (Shane) Smith, Joe Palmer, Bob (Gee) Mothershed, John (Suzanne) Mothershed, Cheri (Nick) Grachek, Candi (Aaron Cunningham) Lacock, Bob Lacock and Bradley Palmer Kruse; four great-grandchildren, Bobby Jr., Isaiah, Marlee and Savannah; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two brothers, Milton and Floyd Strong; and a sister, Esther Rogers.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 29, at First United Methodist Church, 1100 N. Division St., Harvard. The Rev. Jim Bell will officiate. Memorials may be made to the Harvard Diggins Library, 900 E. McKinley St., Harvard, IL 60033; McHenry County Master Gardeners, University of Illinois Extension, 1102 McConnell Road, Woodstock, IL 60098; or First United Methodist Church, 1100 N. Division St., Harvard, IL 60033.
For information, call Saunders & McFarlin Funeral Home at 815-943-5400. Sign the online guestbook at www.saundersmcfarlin.net.
Published in the Northwest Herald from July 22 to July 24, 2012