Welcome to the memorial page for

Beatrice Marie (Sleaford) "Bea" Palmer

January 14, 1926 ~ May 29, 2017 (age 91)

     Beatrice Marie "Bea" Palmer age 91, of Alma, MI passed away Monday, May 29, 2017 at Masonic Pathways, Alma, MI.

     Funeral Services will be held at Doig Chapel - Masonic Pathways, Alma, MI on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 11:00 A.M.   Visitation will be held on Friday, June 2, 2017 from 2-8 P.M. with family present from 2-4 & 6-8 P.M. at Smith Family Funeral Homes Ithaca, MI.

     Beatrice was born in Howell, MI on January 14, 1926, the daughter of Rodney and Thyra Sleaford.  Bea graduated from Howell High School with the class of 1943.  She married Walter Thomas Palmer on February 15, 1947 in Lansing, MI.  He preceded her in death on January 30, 2009.

     Bea was born and raised in Howell, MI.  She also resided in Lansing until moving to Alma.  She enjoyed cake decorating, ceramics, and crocheting.  Bea worked for many years as a seamstress for Brides' Showcase in East Lansing, worked as a "My Gal Friday" temporary office assistant during the 1960's and retired from the State of Michigan Unemployment Agency in 1992.  She was a member of St. Johns Episcopal Church in Alma, MI.

     Bea is survived by three children; Erin (John) Harrier of Alma, Tim (Erin) Palmer of Alma, and John Palmer of Ithaca, 10 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, daughter-in-law Mary Palmer of Charlotte and sister Merib (Fred) Krueger of Charlevoix.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Walter, daughter Thyra, sons; Thomas and Scott, and brother William.

     Memorials may be made to Dhillon's AFC 525 E. North St., Ithaca, MI 48847 or Dalis to the Rescue. Online condolences can be sent to www.smithfamilyfuneralhomes.com. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, Ithaca, MI.

Charitable donations may be made to:

Dhillons AFC
525 E. North Street, Ithaca MI 48847

Dalis to the Rescue

 Service Information

June 2, 2017

2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Smith Family Funeral Homes - St. Louis
117 North East Street
St. Louis, MI 48880

Funeral Service
June 3, 2017

11:00 AM
Diog Chapel at Masonic Pathways

Alma, MI 48801

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