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Charlotte Asplund Palmateer

December 27, 1928 - October 30, 2016


We said goodbye to Charlotte on Sunday, October 30th.
Charlotte was born on December 27, 1928, in Marshfield, Oregon now Coos Bay.
She was raised in her extended family in Marshfield, and had a particular love for her Aunt Edna Asplund Avsec.  She loved to swim in the nearby lakes and became a swimming instructor, a trained lifeguard.  In her 30’s she participated in water ballet.  At age 70, she was still swimming and took scuba diving lessons.  She was a campfire girl and later a camp counselor.  She participated in ballet, played tennis, and during her senior year at Marshfield High School 1946 was yearbook editor.
Charlotte attended Oregon State College where she was a member of the Tri-Delta Sorority and met her future husband Clarence Clancy Palmateer.  She graduated in 1950 with a B.S. major in education.  After OSU, Charlotte was the executive director Washington County Camp Fire Girls.  She married Clancy soon after his graduation in 1951.  She became a mother and housewife, following her husband’s career to Portland, Minnesota, California, The Dalles, Salem and finally Pendleton.  After raising four children, Charlotte attended Oregon College of Education Western Oregon University and earned a Master of Science in Education in 1979.  Later, after OCE she taught special education classes at elementary schools in Jefferson, Oregon and Milton-Freewater Oregon, before retiring in 1992.  Retired, Char and Clancy returned to their family home in Salem.
Charlotte was a creative cook as well as enjoying textile arts.  As a young housewife, she sewed Jean and Kay many dresses and outfits.  She tried out embroidery, batik, macramé and eventually settled on spinning.  She eventually owned several spinning wheels, a drum carder and loom.  She collected plants and flowers for making natural dyes and used her handspun yarn in knitting and weaving projects.
Genealogy research of her Swedish-Finn ancestors led her to discover cousins whom she was able to travel to Finland to meet.  She maintained correspondence with them for the rest of their lives.
Charlotte and Clancy became sailboaters and spent summer hours on the Columbia River, and on inland waters of Washington and British Columbia.  Later, they enjoyed traveling with their fifth wheel and attending Elderhostels in interesting and exotic locations in this country and throughout the world.  Clancy and Charlotte celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2011 just prior to his death.
Charlotte is survived by her brother John Asplund and his wife Catherine; Jean Palmateer and her husband, Dan Smith; John Dorsey-Palmateer and his wife Carole; Kay Palmateer and husband, Brad Armen; and Keith Palmateer and his partner, Luana Berens.  Grandchildren are Leo Smith, Julia Smith Heilman and her husband Brad, and Reid and Dane Dorsey-Palmateer.  Great-grandchildren are Madison and Alexander Heilman.
A celebration of Charlotte's life will be held 2 – 3 pm, Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at Hidden Lakes senior living community, 400 Madrona Ave. SE., Salem.  For anyone wishing to make a memorial contribution, we suggest Marion-Polk Food Share, 1660 Salem Industrial Dr. NE, Salem, OR. 97301-0374, http://www.marionpolkfoodshare.org/ways-to-give/.

 

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