The first daughter of Edwin S. and Enrie J. (Hamilton) Fee, Mary grew up in Clarksburg, Decatur Co., IN. Upon completion of the education available locally, in order to pursue her musical talents, Mary attended Berea College in KY, Oberlin and Cincinnati Conservatories in OH, and DePauw University in IN.
After her marriage to Walter J. Palmer Sep. 30, 1916, Mary relocated with him to Indianapolis. Walter was a well known veterinarian in the capital city. Two sons were born to the couple, one surviving to adulthood. Excerpts from her obituary follow:
"Mrs. Palmer was a member of the Irvington Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, served on the Board of Governors for the Society of Indiana Pioneers and was a life member of the Alpha Omega (sic) Pi sorority. She also attended DePauw University.
"She is survived by one son, Thomas Palmer, Anderson; two sisters, Mrs. Nell Donnell, Portland, Ore., and Mrs. Bess Hardin, Monmouth, Ill.; two grandchildren; and one great grandchild.
"Graveside rites will be conducted at the Kingston Cemetery Friday at 11 a.m."
"Greensburg Daily News," 29 Sep 1976
Walter James Palmer
1884–1974 (m. 1916)
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