canada africa partner reservation Donna N. Palmer obituary –

Donna N. Palmer obituary –


Donna N. Palmer, 80, of Manchester, passed into God’s hands on Wednesday, May 1, at St. Francis Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. Donna was born March 27, 1944 in Springfield, MA, the son of the late William E. Hayes (Springfield, MA) and Rose Marie (Barbeau) Hayes, (Pownal, VT).

Donna grew up in West Suffield and then moved to Bolton in her early teens, where her parents owned Rose & Bill’s Grocery and Package store on RT 85. After graduating from Manchester High School in 1962, Donna married her high school sweetheart, Lawrence Palmer of Granby. C.T. They had two loving sons, Donald and Gregory Palmer.

Donna cherished the love of friends and family most. Growing up, Donna was always active in her children’s lives: she attended their soccer games, was their Cub Scout Den mom, and was active in Boy Scouts. Donna loved children and became the neighborhood mom. Donna enjoyed hosting holiday family gatherings and weekly family dinners because she took great joy in making others happy and surrounding herself with the love of her family. One of her greatest joys is watching her grandson Garrett Palmer grow up and attending his baseball games. Of course, Donna was a New York Yankees fan. Donna loved flowers and gardening. Her happy time is when she had her hands in the ground and planted things. Donna had a very creative side, she loved decorating, painting, pottery and ceramics. She loved puzzles and old western movies. Donna was very active in the Bolton Congregational Church as Life Deacon, Chair of the Flower Committee and the Busy Bees of Bolton.

In addition to raising her family, her favorite job was working as a phlebotomist for the American Red Cross for over twenty years. Her cheerful, bubbly, outgoing personality made her a great fit for working with the public. It was at a Red Cross Blood Drive where Donna met her long-time friend and life partner Joseph Perry.

Donna is survived by her loving sons, Donald Palmer and his wife Jeanne, and Greg Palmer of Manchester; her grandson Garrett Palmer and his mother Susan Tate; her siblings Bill Hayes of Bennington VT, Judy Martzokas of West Springfield MA, Rose Fisch of Manchester; Larry Palmer of San Diego CA and Joseph Perry of Manchester, and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins ​​and friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to the John F. Tierney Funeral Home, 219 West Center St. in Manchester for visiting hours on Friday, May 17 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 18 at 9:30 am. followed by burial at West Suffield Cemetery, Mountain Road in Suffield. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Red Cross CT, Toys for Tots CT or American Heart Association. For online condolences, please visit