Mary Middleton Palmer The Dispatch (Mobile, Illinois) 15 Jan 2009, 2009
More Obituaries, A7, A8, A9 Iowa Mary Jane Palmer Mary Jane Palmer, 92, formerly of Muscatine, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009, at the Trinity Pathway Hospice, Bettendorf. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 16, at the Ralph J. Wit-tich-Riley-Fre-ers Funeral Home, Muscatine. Dr. Hal Green will officiate. Casket bearers . will be Larry Brown, Joe Brown, Randy Schmidt, Aaron Miller, Rob Miller, and Tom Schreurs. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday Jan. 16, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church or Trinity Path Hospice House. Online condolences for the Palmer family may be left at www.wirnchfuneralhome.com. Mary Jane was born on April 5, 1916, in Muscatine, the daughter of Roy L. and Elsie Shoemaker Middleton. Her first marriage was to Edward Miller and she later married Raymond Palmer on Dec. 31, 1948. She had worked for Kranz Florist as a bookkeeper and floral designer. She also had worked for Hunter's TV Sales and Service as a bookkeeper, retiring in 1981. She was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church, and was a 56-year member of the Women of the Moose and a 55-year member of their Academy of Friendship. She was also a member of the Lady Eagles and a member of the Retiree Club Local 537 Operating Engineers. She was a volunteer for Lifeline at Unity Hospital for several years and also worked with Meals On Wheels. She enjoyed traveling and took many trips after retiring. She also enjoyed playing cards and socializing with friends. Survivors include her children, Edward Miller, Mesa, Ariz., Duane Ruggles, Kingman, Ariz., and Joyce Milli-gan, West Palm Beach, Fla.; her stepdaughters, Merle Brown, Cambridge, and Linda Wise and husband, Dave, Moline; a grandson, Rob Miller, Muscatine, whom she and Ray raised; 12 grandchildren; nine stepgrandchildren; 21 greatgrandchildren; 10 stepgreat-grandchildren; and one sifter, Viola Wachs, Lynnwood, Wash. "t She was preceded in dearA by her parents; her husband, Raymond Palmer; one daugb ter, Jacqueline Stepanek; foul-brothers, Clifford Middleton, in infancy, Lyle, Bernard and Edwin Middleton; two sisters, Erma Buckley and Leona Meeks; and two great-grandchildren.