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MaryLou Palmer

March 15, 1914 - September 16, 2018

MaryLou Palmer was born on May 15, 1914 in Richmond, Oregon, the only daughter of the six offspring of Archie Joseph Chapman and Ethel Brookshire.  In a farming family, she lived in Weiser, Idaho, and Hoquiam, Washington, before moving to Salem, Oregon.  She worked in the food processing industry and graduated from Salem High School in 1932.

She began a life-long relationship with Jesus Christ in 1930 and with the aim of preparing for Christian service she entered Portland Bible Institute in 1933, graduating in 1936.  She married George B. Palmer on July 16, 1937 and at his side began to help plant churches, eventually at Bridle Vail, Oak Park (Camas), Maplewood, Lynnwood and Clackamas Park.  After raising two children, Ron and Rozanna, MaryLou resumed her collegiate preparation at Cascade and Portland State Colleges, completing her teaching credentials in 1957.

A diligent worker from the farming and food processing days, she worked at Montgomery Ward and in the libraries of Cascade College and Roosevelt High School before finding her vocation at the Cherry Park and Ventura Park Schools in the David Douglass School District. On July 17, 2018 she summed up her life: “My purpose has been to teach children and give them opportunities they wouldn’t have otherwise.”   Retiring after twenty years of teaching second-graders in 1978, she and George enjoyed traveling throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East, visiting friends, relatives and the many missionaries they supported around the globe.

In 1986, they moved to Salem to care for her mother and then host many family gatherings, provide hospitality for furloughing missionaries and make friends during  their thirty-two years at Terrace Lake.  MaryLou’s life was enriched by music, especially singing and playing the piano. As long as physically able, she was actively involved in church and the Cascade Alumni association.  Her loving spirit and steadfast patience was rewarded as she joined her beloved husband on September 16, 2018.
Her life will be celebrated by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many friends.

Visitation will be 8:00am to 12:Noon Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service (605 Commercial St. SE) in Salem.  A Memorial Service will be held 1:00pm Saturday, October 13th at South Salem Church of the Nazarene (1661 Boone Rd SE) with 3:30pm Graveside services following at Rosedale Friends Cemetery located on Hylo Road SE at Champion Hill Road SE in Salem.


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 George and Marylou Palmer we're classmates of my mother, Clarice Fenton Bartlett at PBI, thus they were unconditional saints. I praise the Lord for such faithful pilgrims, who serve as mentors and examples for us. Blessings to you Ron & Rozanna and the rest of the family.

I have so many memories of your mother. The first time I met her was at the house near Cascade College in Portland.  I spent time with her listening to records in the front room.  We kept communication up all my life.  She was so nice and accepting.  She told me that both she and George prayed daily for me and my family!  It meant so much to me that support was held up to the Lord daily!  Now, she has joined her Lord.  I will miss both of them, but am looking forward to rejoin them someday!  They have left a legacy for all they have touched.

I shall always remember her loving hospitality and her prayer ministry. Blessings to all of her family. Vaughan Palmore