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Clara M. Palmer

January 27, 2020 | Wilmington, DE

Clara Ann Mitchell Palmer, age 92, of Wilmington, Delaware, formerly of Greenwood, Delaware, passed away on January 27, 2020, at Kentmere Rehabilitation, following a short illness.

Clara was Born March 4, 1927 in Wilmington, DE to the late Walter and Esther (Murray) Mitchell; after attending Conrad High School she graduated from Goldey College with a secretarial degree. She met and married the love of her life, George N. Palmer, and saw him through college after he left the Air Force. They had 59 wonderful years together until his passing in 2008. She is survived by their son, Todd (and Susan) Palmer, grandchildren Heather, William, and Megan, Wilmington, DE, and Katie, Lyndonville, VT, and her sister, Ruth Hudson, Seaford, DE. She is also survived by her three nieces, two nephews, and their families. Her brother, Walter Mitchell, predeceased her.

Clara was a homemaker who loved gardening, decorating (especially for Christmas), and antiquing. After raising her son, she returned to work as an administrative assistant for a number of years. Clara also was a member of Beta Sigma Phi, Eta Chapter, enjoyed gathering with friends, and traveling anywhere with her husband. Clara loved the company of both her dogs and grand-dogs. Family was very important to her: she attended Mitchell family reunions as long as she was able, enjoyed vacations sometimes accompanied by family or friends, and had the grandchildren come visit, often one at a time to give them a taste of being spoiled as an only child. She loved Vermont, visiting several times a summer, but was always glad to return home.

Private interment is at Gracelawn Memorial Park on Friday, January 31, 2020 with Rev. David Landow officiating. A memorial service for friends and family will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 22, 2020, at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, 1006 Wilson Road, Wilmington, DE 19803. Friends may call at 10:30 a.m.

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  1. Aunt Me was a beautiful person. Even though we knew each other for a short time, she always made me feel special. We always spoke on the phone and when in the country I would visit her with Charlotte, her niece. She will be sadly missed. Now she is with Uncle George, the love of her life. May she Rest In Peace.

    Margaret Gumley | January 31, 2020 at 7:13 AM
  2. Fondly memories of this beautiful woman! Our deepest sympathy to the family.
    May she Rest In Peace.
    Tita and Philippe Devieux

    Tita and Philippe Devieux | January 31, 2020 at 3:50 PM

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