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Elizabeth Elsie "Lizzy" Smith Palmer
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Birth: Jul. 14, 1901
Wapello County
Iowa, USA
Death: Sep. 15, 1987
Ray County
Missouri, USA

Elizabeth was born in Wapello County Iowa, the oldest child of George Smith and Ellen Turner Smith.

Elizabeth married Eli A Thornton on July 11, 1918 in Hocking, Monroe County, Iowa. Eli passed away at a very young age. She and Eli had two children namely James A Thornton (1919-1998) and Kenneth Eugene Thornton Sr. (1920-1981).

Elizabeth married her second husband Harry Clarke Palmer Sr. on July 3, 1924. Harry was from Albia, Monroe County, Iowa and had been working in Detroit. They were married in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. Harry and Elizabeth had three children namely Margaret Ann Palmer (12-11-1932 till Early Jan. 1933), Harry Clarke Palmer Jr. (1926-1993), and Jackie Lee Palmer (1934-Living).

Harry was a good man and raised James and Kenneth as his own children. They went by the last name Palmer until they joined the Military. Elizabeth and Harry are buried here together along with Elizabeth's son Kenneth Eugene Thornton Sr., Harry Clarke Palmer Jr., and Jr.'s son Bruce Clarke Palmer. Their GG Grandson Zachary Palmer is also buried here at this cemetery but not with the rest of the family.

Odd family fact: Eli Thornton, Elizabeth's first husband is buried at Oakview Cemetery in Albia, Monroe, Iowa along with her parents and Elizabeth & Harry's daughter Margaret Palmer. Harry Clarke Palmer Sr. is buried in this Cemetery along with Elizabeth and her son Kenneth Thornton. Just find that to be sort of funny that Eli is buried with Harry's Child and Harry is buried with Eli's Child.

Family links: 
  George Smith (1878 - 1937)
  Ellen Turner Smith (1880 - 1927)
  Harry Clarke Palmer (1900 - 1981)
  Eli A Thornton (1898 - 1920)*
  James George Thornton (1919 - 1998)*
  Kenneth Eugene Thornton (1920 - 1981)*
  Harry Clarke Palmer (1926 - 1993)*
  Margaret Ann Palmer (1932 - 1932)*
  Elizabeth Elsie Smith Palmer (1901 - 1987)
  Frank Smith (1904 - 1983)*
*Calculated relationship
Vansant Road Cemetery
Henry County
Missouri, USA
Plot: Sec 5 Lot 343 Space 3
Maintained by: Pam Cairns Palmer
Originally Created by: LaDon Brennan
Record added: Jan 26, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 64719097
Elizabeth Elsie Lizzy <i>Smith</i> Palmer
Added by: Pam Cairns Palmer
Elizabeth Elsie Lizzy <i>Smith</i> Palmer
Added by: Pam Cairns Palmer
Elizabeth Elsie Lizzy <i>Smith</i> Palmer
Added by: Pam Cairns Palmer
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Thinking of you today! May we meet in heaven Grandma Palmer.
- Pam Cairns Palmer
 Added: Jun. 15, 2015
Missing you at Christmas Grandma.
- Pam Cairns Palmer
 Added: Dec. 7, 2014

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