Mercedes A. Palmer, age 88, passed away peacefully, after a brief illness on February 19, 2021 at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford.
She was born March 9, 1932 in New Bedford to Leon Marcotte and Roseanna (Gingras) Marcotte. She was the devoted wife of the late Robert E. Palmer Sr. for whom she loved, honored and cherished forever. She endured losing two sons, Jeffery Wayne Palmer and Mark Steven Palmer and his wife, Donna. She was also the sister of the late Muriel Seargent and late Denise Margerite Olive Vera. She was the mother-in-law of the late Emily Palmer, David's wife and Robert Skavron, Debra's husband
She and Robert started their family in New Bedford, living in Brickenwood Housing until they had eleven children. They then moved to their home in Fairhaven, which accommodated a small farm raising goats, cows, chickens, geese, rabbits, dogs, cats and a pony. Along with being a homemaker, she loved being a farmer. She mostly enjoyed goats, so upon Roberts passing, maintained the farm with just goats and chickens. She provided goats milk and eggs to those in need and prided herself on being a goat lady in honor of her good friend Noelie Houle “ The Dartmouth Goat Lady".
She loved playing card games like Solitaire and Kings in the Corner, but her favorite was Rummy with her children, neighborhood kids, her friends and Caregivers. She enjoyed doing puzzles, going for rides, crocheting and teaching her grandchildren to crochet, playing the organ, sitting and chatting with company, visiting her children and friends. She loved Christmas and having her children over for dinner. Even with all her children, if we asked to bring extra people to our gathering, she always said, “there’s always room for one more”. When the children were young, they would all go Christmas caroling in the neighborhood. She loved to make kale soup and call everyone to come get a container. Her specialties were Kale soup, linguica stuffing and French meat pie.
She was fortunate to be able to spend her elder years in the comfort of her own home in the care of some remarkable caregivers. They all treated her with tender loving care and loved her snarky personality and wittiness and she appreciated all of them.
She took pride in being the mother of eleven children and bragged about it to anyone she met, “six boys and five girls”. She felt lucky to be old enough to see the generations of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her surviving children are Julia Hayden and her husband, Robert, Leon Palmer and his wife, Norma, Linda Langis and her husband Michael, Brenda Barrows, David Palmer, Debra Skavron, Robert Palmer, Jr. and his wife Charlene, Reed Palmer and his wife, Irene, Leasa Grinnell and her husband Harry Grinnell, Jr.; her grandchildren, Pamela, Susan, Jeffrey, Antonio III, Tammy Jo, Tiffany, Tracey, Timothy, Kristen, John, Scott, Krystal, Ashley, Stephanie, Heather, Robert III, Amanda, Christopher and Jason; and many great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, a special nephew, James Vera, who visited her often and helped her in any way he could. Her sister-in-law, Lauraine Palmer, her dear friends, Sandra and Donald Dompierre and Noah Deterra and two gentlemen who were like sons to her, Joseph Beaulieu and Joseph Cote. A special acknowledgement to her wonderful Bayada Caregivers, nursing and office staff for the great care they provided in her home.
Calling hours are Thursday from 4-7pm in the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main St., Fairhaven.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, February 26, 2021 at 10am in St. Joseph’s Church in Fairhaven. Interment in Sacred Heart Cemetery, New Bedford will be private. For memorial register or to livestream the Mass please visit, www.hathawayfunerals.com.
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