Barbara Ann Palmer September 12, 1932 - November 16, 2021 Pullman, Washington - Barbara Ann Palmer passed away November 16 surrounded by her family. She was born in Chelmsford, MA. She was the fourth of six children of Edward and Lillian Twohey. Barbara's family moved to Alhambra, CA, when she was six years old where she lived until she graduated from Alhambra High School. She married Richard Palmer in 1955 in San Gabriel, CA. Barbara worked for AT&T/Pacific Telephone and Telegraph for over 30 years and retired in 1985 moving to Gig Harbor, WA. In 2004, Barbara moved to Pullman to be near her daughter, Sandra Brabb, son-in-law, John, and her four grandchildren. Barbara volunteered in the community and she loved to play games. She was a Master Bridge player, but also loved to play Canasta, Hand and Foot, Cribbage, and others. Barbara's family and friends meant everything to her. She always looked for ways to make events special for family and friends, especially by cooking for them. Everyone always looked forward to her Scotch Shortbread (her grandmother's family recipe) during the holidays. She also loved to travel. The highlight of her senior years was a two-week cruise to her ancestral home of Ireland and Scotland. In 2020, she was able to travel with her daughter and granddaughter to Boston, MA, to visit her birthplace. Barbara is survived by her youngest sister, Lillian DiSandro, Paso Robles, CA, her daughter, grandchildren and her five great-grandchildren. A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 10, St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Gig Harbor, WA, with a graveside Rite of Burial at Haven of Rest. Memorial donations are suggested to the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association.
Published by News Tribune (Tacoma) on Dec. 9, 2021.