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Jean Palmer

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Jean Palmer Obituary
October 2, 1919 - January 1, 2018 Jean Palmer quietly passed away January 1 at the age of 98, in Newport Beach, CA. She was born in Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1919, after her parents emigrated from England. From there, while Jean was still a child, they immigrated to the United States. Jean lived a remarkable life. She was awarded the title of Miss Alhambra in 1937 and followed her dream for a career in show business after graduating from Alhambra High School. She was one of Earl Carroll's "Most Beautiful Girls in the World," and had a successful singing career in the Big Band era, singing with Jack Teagarden's orchestra, among others. From the"show biz" chapter of her life, motherhood beckoned. Jean had 3 children, and devoted her life to helping them chase their dreams and supporting them in every way possible. After raising the children in Beverly Hills, Jean divorced and moved to Long Beach. In 1967, she married Francis J. Heusel, a renowned architect. Following his death in 1968, Jean found herself spending more time in the Palm Springs area. In 1971, another marriage took place when Jean wed Robert Palmer. They took up permanent residence at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, CA. They enjoyed travel, golf and bridge. They were members of St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Palm Desert. Jean was a devoted tennis player, and was active on the courts until a fall on the court at the age of 82 shattered her shoulder, which put her tennis days behind her. But, not one to be idle, Jean had philanthropic endeavors which included The Desert Symphony, Angel Tree, The Cellar Door and animal rescue. Jean was predeceased by her husband Robert, her son Michael Freeman, her sister Kay Turner and brother-in-law, John Turner. She is survived by her son R. David Freeman, daughter-in-law Ginny Freeman, daughter, Pamela Parker, son-in-law Larry Mole Parker and grandchildren, Katherine Csiki, Amanda Freeman and Christopher Freeman, her niece Jan Turner Hering and her husband J. Clark Booth and her children, Bren Underwood and John Hering and her nephew, Stephen Turner. The family will hold a private celebration of life service. Jean's passion for animals can be remembered in her memory at Puppies Behind Bars.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Jan. 4 to Jan. 5, 2018
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