Velma Louella Palmer (Cairde)
Velma Louella (Cairde) Palmer
Velma Louella (Cairde) Palmer, 85, died peacefully in her own home on July 13, 2006.
She was born in Woodland, Maine, on May 20, 1921. She married John Palmer in California on April 6, 1968. She was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses on July 29, 1972.
Velma gave birth to eight children and helped to raise eight others. She is survived by seven of her children; Althea Turner, James Currier, Alden Prosser, Ruth Smith, Shirley McPhail, Alison Cruz, Marlene Rachal; her brother Arthur Cairde, as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Palmer, her son, Malcolm Cushing, a much loved son-in-law Duggie McPhail, and two grandsons, Little Alden and Markie McPhail.
Velma especially enjoyed encouraging all whom she met to read the Bible and learn about its hope for the future. Her hobbies included collecting rocks, dishes and dolls. Several of the dolls she made herself.
Velma and John opened up their home and hearts for use as a foster home for both children and the elderly. After John died, she baby-sat almost 20 different children, who all called her "Grammy Val." She was well-known for her love, empathy, kindness, generosity, and sense of humor.
A memorial service for Velma will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, July 29, 2006 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 700 N. Main St., Ashland.