OREGON – Ethel May Palmer, age 86, died Friday, April 19, 2019, at KSB Hospital in Dixon.
She was born Feb. 14, 1933, in Dixon, IL, the daughter of John J. and Fannie L. (DuBois) Blackburn. She married Joel R. Palmer on May 12, 1956, in Germany. Ethel was a longtime member of the St. Mary Catholic Church in Oregon. She was passionate to be with and spend time with her family and friends.
She previously worked for Wood Brothers, Attwoods, and the Deli at the former Pineway Grocery Store. She was a volunteer at the Rock River Senior Center, Oregon VFW, and the Mt. Morris Moose Lodge. Ethel enjoyed playing bingo, singing Karaoke, and loved animals.
She was predeceased by her parents and husband, Joel.
She is survived by her son, Joel (Dory) Palmer Jr. of Oregon; her daughter, Peggy (Tom) Corcoran of Oregon; five grandchildren, Jennifer (Jason) Glodowski, Nicholas (Chelsea) Palmer, Rebecca (Brett) Chenong, Ryan (Jaime) Corcoran, and Kevin (Jennifer) Corcoran; seven great-grandchildren, Mason, Chloe, Sadie, Mya, Jasmine, Andrew, and Henry; and special friends, Pat Medlar and Diane Palmer.
The funeral service will be at 11:00 am, Thursday, April 25, 2019, at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th Street in Oregon, IL. Visitation will be Wednesday evening at the funeral home from 5-7 pm. Burial will be at the Chapel Hill Cemetery in Dixon.
A memorial fund has been established to the Rock River Senior Center in Oregon, IL.
Please visit farrellhollandgale.com to leave a condolence.