In loving memory of

Mary Palmer
August 18, 1945 - May 4, 2023

Mary Palmer, 77, of Malvern, IA, passed away Thursday, May 4, 2023. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 12, 2023 at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church in Glenwood, IA. Visitation at the church will be held prior to the service, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Carson, IA Cemetery. Loess Hills Funeral Home in Glenwood is caring for Mary and her family.

Memorials: Family will direct memorials

Mary Ellen (George) Palmer passed away after a short illness on Thursday, May 4, 2023 at Bergan Mercy Hospital in Omaha, NE surrounded by her family.
Mary Ellen George, one of seven children of Leonard Jacob and Kathryn Lucille (Pitts) George, was born on August 18, 1945, in Aurelia, IA. She received her education from Storm Lake St. Mary's, graduating with the Class of 1963. Shortly after graduation she moved to Omaha, NE, there she started her career in dental assisting. On July 1, 1972, she married Douglas Dean Palmer at St. James Catholic Church in Omaha, NE. The couple was blessed with two children Jennifer and Daniel.
After a short detour to Kansas City, MO, Mary and Doug owned and operated The Parts Place (NAPA auto parts) along with a Radio Shack in Rock Port, MO. After 16 years, the business was sold. Mary eventually went back to work at the Shenandoah Family Dentistry for over 12 years.
Mary loved to go shopping and being on the go. She enjoyed painting, cooking but most of all spending time with family and friends. Some of her favorite activities included her Monday morning coffee group and Wednesday morning book study. She loved being a grandma to her loving grandkids.
Mary was a member of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church in Glenwood and Catholic Daughters.
Mary is preceded in death by her parents; brothers Fr. Dale George, Richard George and his wife Shirley; sisters Marilyn Naughton, Janice Johnson and her husband Charlie.
Mary is survived by her husband of 50 years Doug Palmer of Malvern, IA; daughter Jennifer Turgeon of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA and her children Layton and Elena; son Daniel Palmer and his fiancé Kristen Marten of Baton Rouge, LA and their children Charlee, Harper, Brooke, Drew, and Nolan; sisters Judy Murrell and her husband Mike of Chillicothe, MO, Rosie Vonnahme and her husband Mark of LeMars, IA; brother-in-law Al Naughton of Carroll, IA; a host of nieces, nephews and many special friends.

Tributes

Pam Obrecht wrote on May 12, 2023:

"My sympathy to Doug and his family."

Shelly Fenner wrote on May 12, 2023:

"Doug and family. You have been on my mind since Mary fell and I never in a million years anticipated this ? ?. I loved Mary. I enjoyed seeing her at work and even after she retired you both have done so much to stay in touch. She was someone very special in my heart ?? Doug know that you are always welcome at our house and Jon and I are holding you in our prayers during this difficult time. "

Kim Cowen wrote on May 8, 2023:

"Doug you are in my thoughts and prayers sorry for your loss"

Kim Cowen wrote on May 8, 2023:

"Doug you are in my thoughts and prayers so sorry for your loss "

Theresa Simonetti wrote on May 8, 2023:

"My deepest sympathy to you and your family. I'm so sorry to hear about Mary. She was one of my new friends at the church, and was so sweet to me and made me feel welcome to be a new member of the parish. It was wonderful to get to know her, and our connection with Storm Lake. Even though I only knew Mary for a short time, I will miss her and her happy spirit. Praying for you and your family."

Jan and Tom Fish wrote on May 8, 2023:

"Our sympathy to Doug and his family and to Judy and Mike. Wonderful memories of our years in Omaha. "

Karen Pitts wrote on May 7, 2023:

"So sorry to hear this. I just visited with her at Ron SÁhmillen?s funeral. She always had a smile! ?"

Alisa Hall wrote on May 7, 2023:

"Remembering Mary Ellen and her beautiful spirit. Prayers for comfort and peace to all who love her. The children of Alice ( Leonard) Hall. Grandchildren of Mary Ellen (Pitts) Leonard ( Aunt Mae). Alisa & Bill Hall"

Alisa Hall wrote on May 7, 2023:

"Remembering Mary Ellen and her beautiful spirit. Prayers for comfort and peace to all who love her. The children of Alice ( Leonard) Hall and grandchildren of Mary Ellen (Pitts) Leonard. Alisa & Bill Hall"

Barb Steward wrote on May 5, 2023:

"Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.Danny and Barb(Pitts)Steward"

Barb Steward wrote on May 5, 2023:

"Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers. Danny and Barb(Pitts)Steward"