Fay Palmer (1930-2021)

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Allysen’s mom died last Sunday, of Covid-19, at the age of 90. The senior care facility where she lived had managed to stay free of the virus until just a couple of months ago. Then it got in, and it was just a matter of time. Fay tested positive on Tuesday, and Sunday night she was gone. The end was remarkably peaceful, a quiet ebbing away, without apparent discomfort. She (at Allysen’s wise insistence) stayed in a quarantine bedroom in the facility rather than being taken to a hospital, which she would have hated. The staff were great, and so were the hospice people who helped out at the end.

Fay was a remarkable lady, well educated and well traveled. She and Phil, my father-in-law, had roamed the world for decades, finally settling in Ponce, Puerto Rico after his retirement. She was witty and generous and interested in all kinds of things, but especially art and art history. During her “retirement” years, she worked at the excellent art museums in Ponce and San Juan, and her house was full of art gathered from all over the world. She loved her dogs and her kids and her grandkids. She used to introduce me to complete strangers as “the world’s greatest son-in-law,” which was both heart warming and undoubtedly undeserved. She noted when Allysen and I were married that it would be awkward figuring out what I should call her. “Mom” didn’t seem right; even Allysen didn’t call her “Mom.” She finally settled on “Mm” for her and “Mmm” for Phil.

We are all terribly sad to see her go, but we know she didn’t want to hang on, as time robbed her of her faculties. We are grateful that the end was merciful and peaceful. We know she’s glad, too.

Fay, I hope you’re enjoying your reunion with Phil, and all the dogs, and all the others who went before you! God bless you.

6 Responses

  1. Reg Caton
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    Sincerest condolences for your loss.
    Reg

  2. Susan K Shea
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    Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your mother-in-law. She sounds like someone I would have liked to know.

    Sue Shea

  3. Frances B Giuffre
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    Jeff, I’m truly sad you lost your dear mother-in-law. You always made sure she was comfortable wherever she was living. You are in my thoughts. Fran

  4. Jim Macano
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    Jeff, my condolences to you and your family for your loss.

    Jim Macano

  5. Pam Phillips
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    May her memory continue to be a blessing.

  6. Connie Bothfeld
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    My condolences to you and her family. She sounds like dhe was a great lady. I’m so sorry for your loss. ✝️

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