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Phyllis Druffel Palmer


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Phyllis Druffel Palmer

Phyllis Druffel Palmer passed away peacefully on November 20, 2015, surrounded by her family. She is survived by her husband, Tom Palmer; her three children, Colleen, Frank, and Mike; her daughters-in-law, Tracey and Debbie; and her nine grandchildren.

Phyllis was born on November 29, 1936 in Colton, Washington to Joseph and Florence Druffel. She grew up on her family farm with her large, loving family, including her beloved twin brother, Phil Druffel.
She married her husband in 1960 and accompanied him during his military service. Thereafter, they relocated to Southern California to raise their family. Later, they relocated to the New York metropolitan area for four years, then returned once again to Southern California, settling into their Palos Verdes Estates home. Phyllis also enjoyed a fourteen-year bicoastal residency in Palos Verdes Estates and New York City.

Phyllis received a Bachelor of Science college degree, and subsequently received her certification as a registered dietician from the University of Washington. Before having children, she worked as a dietician for the Veterans' Administration. Following her children's graduations, she joined Xplor International as an event planner. Most recently, she worked at a Palos Verdes preschool with children who had both physical and learning disabilities. She was loved by the children she assisted, as well as their families and teachers.

Phyllis was an exceptionally loving and kind-hearted friend, mother, and grandmother. She greeted each day with a smile and always sought to see the good in anything and anyone that came her way. She was extremely well-liked; she made friends everywhere and with everyone. Those who knew her will remember her unending support, compassion, and the warmth of her presence. Her family will treasure the memories of special times spent in her company and, in particular, her annual Christmas Eve celebrations. Those celebrations brought together everything Phyllis loved about her life: the holiday season, good food and music, generosity, and her family. Above all, her family meant everything to her, and her presence in their lives was the greatest blessing to them.

Phyllis faced her cancer diagnosis with the utmost bravery and positivity. She remained active throughout her final months, attending her grandson's wedding and visiting her family in Washington. Her strength, perseverance, and optimism until the end is an inspiration to us all.

Phyllis's ashes will be interred at the family plot in Colton, Washington in January. Preceding this, on Tuesday, December 15, 2015, there will be a 10 o'clock Mass at St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church, followed by a celebration of life reception at the Palos Verdes Golf Club. For information on the Memorial, or inquiries on where to send condolences, please email [email protected] Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Nov. 25, 2015
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