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Vione Catherine Palmer
Vione Catherine Palmer was born April 2, 1913 in Augusta, Arkansas. She passed from this life July 7, 2008 in Wichita Falls, Texas. Vione married Edgar Thomas Palmer in 1931. From this union were born Darla Olds and Jerusha Ryan. Vione and Ed were married for 64 years before Ed’s passing in 1995.

Mr. Palmer moved to the state of Washington in 1944 in advance of the family to work on the construction of atomic reactors at Hanford, Washington. Later that year Vione and the two girls travelled to Richland, Washington, where the Palmers made their home until moving to the Rebecca-Odd Fellows Retirement Community in Walla Walla, Washington, in 1994.

To be closer to one of her daughters Vione moved to Merrill Gardens in Wichita Falls, where she lived until her passing.

All of her life, Vione, had an interest in nursing, and she worked as a nurse’s aide at Kadlec Hospital in Richland for many years. At this hospital she served many hours working with the hospital auxiliary.

As a member of the Order of Rebeccas, she served in many official capacities, and devoted many hours volunteering for the Order.

At different times in her life she was an active member of the First Christian Church of Richland, Washington, and the First United Methodist church in Kennewick, Washington.

She was very generous with her time and financial resources on behalf of others. She was always friendly and outgoing with everyone.

She is survived by two daughters, Darla Olds of Iowa Park, Jerusha Ryan and Paul, her husband, of Andover, Massachusetts; three grandchildren, Eric Olds and wife Carol of Iowa Park, Elayne Thompson and husband Ray of Iowa Park, Kaios Ryan of Amherst, Massachusetts; five great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Merrill Gardens, 5100 Kell West, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 12, 2008 with Bishop Ted Gray, Senior Pastor of the Lakeview Church of God of Iowa Park officiating. Services are under the direction of Dutton Funeral Home, Iowa Park.

Donations can be made in her memory to the American Heart Association.

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