Martha Lou Palmer – Manchester

martha-palmer-photoMartha Lou Palmer, 89, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 4, 2016, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.  She was born on May 4, 1927, in West Union, the daughter of Ralph and Lois (Cook) Humphry.   Martha was raised and educated in the area and graduated from West Union High School.  She then continued her education at the University of Iowa and graduated with a Physical Education Major.


Martha taught at Evanston, Illinois for a couple of years.  On July 30, 1950, Martha  was united in marriage to Douglas Lowrey Palmer at the Methodist Church in West Union.  Four children were blessed to this union.  Together they moved to Manchester in 1952 where they owned and operated Palmer Hardware.  In the mid 70’s Martha began teaching Physical Education.


Martha was a long-time member of the United Methodist Church, sang in the Methodist Choir for 50 years, UMW circle, and PEO member.  She was an avid tennis and golf player, Iowa Hawkeye fan, and enjoyed watching all sports.  Martha taught piano lessons, enjoyed music and accompanied for many musical events.   During their early retirement years, Martha and Doug enjoyed spending their winters in Florida.  Martha was very supportive of her family.


Survivors left to cherish her memory include her four children, Ellen (Marvin) Wehrle of Lynnville, LuAnn Burgers of Humboldt, Kathy (Ken) Brokaw of Walnut Creek, California, and Stephen (Anita) Palmer of Manchester; nine grandchildren, Jacqueline (Nick) Sklenar, Michael (Stephanie) Vogt, Emily (Brett) Hager, Allison (Erik) Haberman, Lauren (Kyle) Vanderhorst, Libby and Mackenzie Brokaw, and Luke and Kasey Palmer; eight great-grandchildren, Jackson, Nolan, and Lena Sklenar, Elliott and Clara Hager, Alton Haberman,  and Nora and Mae Vanderhorst;  one sister, Jo (Verle) Burgason of Ames; a brother-in-law, Phil (Dorothy) Palmer of Grinnell; and several nieces and nephews.


Martha was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Douglas Palmer on October 27, 2008; one sister, Mary (Ed) Evans; and a son-in-law, Conrad Burgers.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the United Methodist Choir or Camp Courageous.


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Celebration of Life Service: 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 12, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester.  Officiating:  Rev. Mary Green.


Visitation:  4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, November 11, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester, Iowa.


Inurnment:  Oakland Cemetery  – Manchester, Iowa.