1920 - July 25, 2009
During the early morning hours of July 25, 2009, former Craig resident Barbara (Merriman) Palmer, 88, died at the Presbyterian Home of Central New York, in New Hartford, where she and her husband resided recently.
Born Aug. 21, 1920, in Belmont, N.Y., she was the daughter of Kenneth and Helen (Burns) Merriman.
Barbara attended Cornell University, graduating with a bachelor's degree in home economics and was employed for a while as a dietician at Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw, N.Y.
She was married to Dr. Hallsey R. Palmer, D.V.M., and together they raised two daughters and a son, and shared 66 years.
The Palmers spent most of those years in Canton, Pa., where they made many lifelong friends and immersed themselves in the betterment of the community.
Barbara was a member of the Village Improvement Association, volunteered for many years at the Canton Food pantry, and was a founder of the Canton Community Clothing Center.
She also was active in the Canton Literary Club, the Minnequa Grange 754 and the Chi Omega Sorority.
She enjoyed quilting and playing cards, especially bridge and poker, which she and her husband played for 50 years on a regular basis with their friends along East Union Street.
She also loved cats and looking at birds.
Barbara and Hallsey moved to Craig for 8 years to spend time with some of her family living there. She was a woman who had a deep, abiding faith in the Lord and was an active member of the Church of Christ (Disciples) in Canton, Pa., for many years.
She is survived by her husband Hallsey; daughters Diane (Robert) Grubb, of Craig, and Donna (Peter) Goodfriend, of Clinton, N.Y.; son Douglas (Marsha) Palmer, of Williamsport, Pa.; grandchildren Stephanie (George) Herod, Chris (Tracy) Spencer, of Craig, David (Jen) Goodfriend, of Clinton, N.Y., Kristen Goodfriend and Carrie Goodfriend, of Boston, Amy (Michael) Giordano, of St. Augustine, Fla., and Ann Palmer, of Williamsport, Pa.; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her brother Dudley Merriman, and infant twin daughters, Nancy and Patricia.
In accordance with Barbara's wishes, all services will be private.