Fern Margaret Palmer, 84, of Cambridge, died Monday, November 2, 2009, at Hillcrest Home, rural Geneseo. Cremation has been accorded and a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, November 5th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services. Rev. Dale A. Kooi will officiate. Private inurment will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge, at a later date. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Cambridge Academic Foundation or the Cambridge Fire and Ambulance Protection District.
The former Fern Margaret Robinson was born June 13, 1925 in Burns Township, Henry County, Illinois, the daughter of D.P. and Elsie McKane Robinson. She moved to Cambridge in 1934 and lived in the same house until her death. Fern Margaret graduated from Cambridge High School in 1943 and from MacMurray College in Jacksonville, IL in 1947. Her marriage to Leonard H. Palmer took place on May 31, 1947 in Cambridge. She worked briefly for Country Life Insurance Co. in Cambridge and was a homemaker.
Her memberships include the Cambridge United Methodist Church and the Order of the Easter Star, Mystic Chapter 160, Cambridge. She had been a member of the former Henry County Home Economists in Action. Fern loved being with her family and especially loved hearing about her grandson’s activities. She enjoyed her bridge clubs, coffee gatherings with friends, her “granddog”, Jazz, and was always ready to take a trip to Minnesota or Wisconsin. She enjoyed following the Chicago Cubs and the Minnesota Vikings.
Those surviving are her husband, Leonard “Whis”, a daughter, Barbara Palmer, Cambridge, a son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Lisa Palmer, and their son, Brayton, Cambridge, a sister-in-law, Mrs. Lyle (Lela) Robinson, Kewanee, a sister-in-law and her husband, Carol (Palmer) and Rev. Dale Kooi, Kewanee, and a special niece and her husband, Patricia (Robinson) and Terry Reed, Cambridge, and many other nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. Her parents, a brother, Lyle Robinson, a brother and sister-in-law, Ward P. and Evelyn Robinson, an infant brother, Burke Robinson, a nephew, Ward P. Robinson II, and a niece, Lynn (Robinson) Conrad, preceded her in death.