Mrs. Guineth O. “Jimmie” Palmer, 93, of Othello and a former Sunnyside resident, passed away Wednesday, July 11, 2007, at Othello Community Hospital.

Mom was born Oct. 3, 1913, in Childers, Okla. to William E. and Minnie Mae Ball. She received her primary education in Oklahoma and graduated from Haskell Indian Boarding School at Lawrence, Kansas, in 1931.

She was an enrolled member of the Cherokee and Delaware tribes

and was very proud of her indian heritage. In addition to completing school, she was proud to have taken and passed the prescribed examinations to obtain her teaching certificate, though she chose not to pursue a career in teaching. After graduation, Guineth returned to Oklahoma. During WWII, she contributed to the war effort working as a junior mechanic at Tinker Field near Oklahoma City, where she built carburetors and performed final wiring on military aircrafts. She remained in Oklahoma City, until after the war ended.

In 1947, she relocated to Sunnyside. Along with her husband, Lawrence, they raised two children. They continued to reside there until 1991, when they moved to Othello, to be near her daughter, Joeleen Barker and husband, Paul.

She was an avid cook and loved to experiment with different foods. She taught ceramics, made quilts, canned food and belonged to Red Hats.

She entered her assorted jams and jelly in the Adams County Fair, where she won blue ribbons. Although hampered by a knee operation, which eventually led to a complete knee replacement, Guineth walked door to door collecting donations for the heart fund for many years.

Mrs. Palmer was a member of The Eastern Star.

First and foremost, Guineth cared about her family. She was a great mom and the absolute definition of a grandmother. Guineth loved to go fishing and camping with her husband, Lawrence, and her beloved grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Joeleen Barker and husband, Paul, of Othello; her son, Philip Palmer and wife, Paula, of Olympia; her grandsons, Alan Kottwitz and Russell Palmer; her granddaughters, Carol Kottwitz and Adrienne Palmer; one great-granddaughter, Kayla Yerkes; and great-grandsons, Paden Kottwitz and Connor Yerkes.

Mrs. Palmer was preceded in death by husband, Lawrence Palmer; and one sister, Wilma Lucille Wood.

Graveside services will be held on Monday, July 16, 2007, at 10 a.m. at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials may be sent to the Pilgrim Lutheran Church Quilters in Othello or to the Othello Senior Citizens. Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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