August 14, 1922 – April 13, 2020
We sadly announcing the passing of our mother, Stella Frances Palmer on April 13, 2020 at Cedar Hill long term care home in Langley. Mom was predeceased by her husband, James Stanley Palmer in 1995. Mom enjoyed communicating with her many family and friends and will be greatly missed.
Stella was born in Surrey, England to Frank James Farrell (Auckland, NZ) and Ethel Annie Farrell (nee Waymouth). Mom was their only child. During World War II, Mom worked at #10 Downing Street, which was the official residence of British PM, Winston Churchill.
Mom met and married James Stanley Palmer, a Canadian soldier, on August 8, 1945, in London, at St. Michael Highgate church. Mom, as a war bride, crossed the Atlantic on the Aquitania, landing at Pier 21 in Halifax, then travelled by train across Canada to B.C.
They lived in Prince George for several years, where their first daughter, Anne Elizabeth Palmer was born in 1948, then moved to Whitehorse, Yukon Territories. Mom worked for MP Erik Nielsen and later the RCMP.
While living in Whitehorse, 4 more daughters and a 1 son were born. In 1966, they moved to Nanaimo, BC, and by 1968 were living in Chilliwack, BC, where they stayed.
Mom lived at the Hampton House retirement residence since 2013 and very recently moved to Cedar Hill long term care home in Langley where she missed seeing and talking to her family every day.
Stella (Betty) Palmer is survived by her children: Anne Palmer of Chilliwack; Janice Palmer (Pete Hanson) of Port Alberni; Wendy Lymer (Rick) of Ottawa; Jeanne Fairweather (Bruce) of Penticton; David Palmer of Burnaby; and Marilyn Palmer (Ed Jackson) of Vancouver. Also survived by her grandchildren; Jason Lupton, Jay Lymer, John Lymer and Thomas Lymer, also great grandchildren; Cameron and Charles Lupton and Ella and Maxwell Lymer.
Mom was a wonderful character and all her family will miss her dearly. Donations can be made in Mom’s memory to the SPCA.
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