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Etta Durr Palmer 1875-1918


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 11/25/2010 at 14:29:15

Mrs. Etta Palmer Called to Her Reward Friday
Funeral Services Held at Methodist Church Monday
Her Two Sons in the Army
Was Active in Lodge Circles Before Her Last Illness A Good Wife and Mother

Mrs. Etta Palmer was born near Sheffield, Iowa, January 4th, 1875 and died in Estherville, Iowa, June 21st, 1918, aged 48 years, 5 months and 17 days. With her parents she moved to Mason City in young womanhood and later moved with her family to Estherville, Iowa. When a child, she united with the Baptist church in Mason City, Iowa. She leaves to mourn their loss, her husband, J. L. Palmer, two sons by a former husband, who are in the service of their country, one of them being at the front in France and the other one in Washington, D.C. She also leaves a mother, three brothers and one sister.

Mrs. Palmer was a member of the Mystic Workers and Brotherhood of American Yeoman lodges, in which she took an active interest. She endured her long illness with great patience and was always ready to welcome her many friends with a smile Death was not in her case unexpected and the best of all is she was really to meet her master with a smile. Her many friends feel their loss, but know that to her, death was a gift.

Funeral services were held from the Methodist church Monday afternoon, Rev. [ ] in charge. Burial was made in Oak Hill cemetery.

Not death, but life, thank God she has risen,
That from the pain and shadow of its prison,
Her soul has found release,

We may not know the glory and the gladness,
That on the spirit shine,
That bore on earth its agony and sadness,
With patience so devine.

We only know her weariness is ended
That she from pain is free.
That her soul has to its God ascended
In joy and liberty.

Those from out of town who attended the funeral services were her three brothers, Orlie, Harry and Ed Durr, of Mason City, her mother, Mrs. [Martha] Durr, of Mason city, Mrs. H. Podget, of Waterloo, Mrs. Frank Halabor, of Cedar Rapids, Mrs. G. W. Prior, of Cedar Rapids, Flint Palmer, of Waterloo, Mr. and Mrs. Vern Palmer, of Rockford, Iowa. (Estherville Democrat, Estherville, IA, June 26, 1918)


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