Julia Palmer

Obituary of Julia Palmer

Julia Pierce Palmer, 81, of Delmar, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, July 26, 2018 with her family at her side.


She was born on September 7, 1936 in Cochecton Center, New York to Katheryne and Charles Pierce.  Julia graduated from Narrowsburg Central School and attended New Paltz State College in the Fine Arts Program.  She married her husband of 62 years, Charles, on September 16, 1956.  Julia worked for C & P Telephone Company when she lived in Idetown, PA and while living in Hollywood, MD she was a census taker in the early 1980's.


Julia was a life member of Optimist International and an active member of The Optimist Club of Salisbury, MD, where she served on the "Golf for Kids Sake" committee since its inception in 2010.  She was extremely proud of her membership in the DAR having joined the Major William Thomas Chapter while living in St. Mary's County, MD and transferring here to the eastern shore as an associate member of the Mary Vining Chapter in Seaford, DE and a full member of the Samuel Chase Chapter in Salisbury, MD.  Julia started and chaired the "Lap Robe for Veterans Program" for the Salisbury Chapter.  She was very active in arts and crafts and adept at screen painting, oils, stained glass and, for the past 20 years, creating unique pieces of jewelry from semi-precious stones that she sold at various craft fairs under the Julia's Gems banner.  She had a lifelong passion for genealogy and was the author of "Keesler-Nearing & Conklin Families" and co-author of the 972 page, "The Descendants of Willem Neering and Sara Virgoroux".


In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her 2 brothers, Melvin and Edward Pierce.  She is survived by her loving husband and best friend, Charles; her precious children, daughters, Brenda Desormeaux, Deborah Bell and Pamela Palmer, and her son, Charles W. Palmer.  She was so proud and delighted by her granddaughters, Carrie, Tina, Megan, and Sami, and grandsons, Chris, Brycen, and Ayden; and her newest pride and joys were her great granddaughter, Skye and a great grandson, Charlie.


A funeral service will be held on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 10:00 am at the Holloway Funeral Home with Rev. E. Wayne Holland officiating.  A visitation will be held on Wednesday evening from 6:00-8:00 pm with a short Optimist & DAR tribute beginning at 7pm.  A committal service will be held on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 12 noon at the Eastern Shore Maryland Veterans Cemetery near Hurlock, MD.


In memory of Julia Palmer, contributions may be sent to The Salisbury Optimist Scholarship Program, P.O. Box 744, Salisbury, MD 21803 or the DAR Lap Robes for Veterans Program, c/o DAR Samuel Chase Chapter, 218 Creekside Drive, Salisbury, MD 21804-2801.  Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, PA, 501 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury, MD 21804.  Please visit www.hollowayfh.com to express condolences to the family.