Peacefully and suddenly on Thursday, March 10, 2011 Norma passed away, at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Edmonton, in her 82nd year.
Norma was born on December 22, 1928 in Crediton, Ontario, and was the only daughter of the late Emmery and Losetta Fahrner. She was predeceased by her brother, Calvin Fahrner. Norma is survived by her husband of 58 years, Robert (Bob) Palmer (Retired, Canadian Armed Forces), and also lovingly remembered by her three children and their spouses, Shirley Henry (and husband Pat), Beth Budd (and husband Greg), and Mark Palmer (and wife Jane), as well as five grandchildren (Cassandra, Andrew, Janine, Sarah and Eric) and one great-grandchild (Alanna).
After graduating from teacher’s college, Norma married Bob in Crediton and continued teaching elementary school children part-time while the family was posted for 33 years at military bases across Canada. At that time, Norma was not only an avid curler, church choir member and hockey mom but she was also the foundation to raise the family with her selfless, nurturing and spiritual values. She was a ‘people person’ and her family and friends struggle to describe how a woman could have had such an impact on so many people. When Norma and Bob moved from Trenton, Ontario a decade ago to retire in St. Albert, Norma also touched the lives of many other people with her smile and generosity. She had special interests in music and travel, and enjoyed discussions about social issues that were close to her heart. Throughout her life, she took great solace from her faith in God and she was a life-long member of the United Church Women of Canada. Her love of family and friends made her joyous and peaceful.
Norma’s family would like to thank the Intensive Care Unit staff at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton for their excellent care. Donations in memory of Norma Palmer may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association (www.diabetes.ca) or Parkinson Society of Canada (www.parkinson.ca).
A celebration of Norma’s life is scheduled for 1:30 pm, Thursday, May 5, 2011 at the St. Albert United Church in St. Albert, Alberta.