Arlene Palmer, 94

Arlene L. Palmer, 94, of Wabash, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 at 7:43 p.m.

She was born March 11, 1923, in Macy, to Roy and Edith (Worman) Collins. Arlene married John W. Palmer in May 1946.  He died in 1966.

Arlene graduated from Macy High School and attended Indianapolis City Hospital School of Nursing and graduated as a registered nurse in 1944.  She retired as an RN from Wabash County Hospital.  She was a member of the Wabash Christian Church and was an avid sports fan and very devoted to spending time with her family. 

She is survived by sons; Chris (Bobbi) Palmer, Wabash, and Dennis (Sue) Palmer, Columbus; Teresa (Tom) LaFerney, Wabash; a brother, Donald ( Shirley) Collins, Howell, Mich.; a grandson, Nick Palmer, Wabash; two granddaughters, Lisa K. Turner, Bloomington, and Kathy (Tim) Holwager, Columbus; two sisters-in-law, Norma Collins, Rochester, and Mary Ann (Tom) Mendenhall, Dover; special family members; Gene and Erma Bunnell, Albuquerque, N.M.; many great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. 

She preceded in death by her husband, parents and brothers; Herbert Collins, Norman Collins, Robert Collins and Larry Collins.

Funeral services were Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, at 11 a.m. at McDonald Funeral Home, 231 Falls Ave, Wabash, with the Rev. Haley Asberry officiating.

Visitation was on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, at the funeral home. Burial was at Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Marion.

Preferred memorials can be directed to Wabash Christian Church, 110 West Hill Street, Wabash, IN  46992 and Wabash County Cancer Society, P.O. Box 144, North Manchester, IN  46962. 

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Posted on 2017 Oct 24