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Clara had a good heart to the end. She was a loving mother, wife, grandmother, great-grandmother, Christian, homemaker, baker, reader, birdwatcher, seamstress, gardener and Sunday school teacher.
Clara touched many throughout her life in her selfless, quiet way. She loved her family, kept them safe, and ensured they were well-behaved. .
Her life started on a big farm in Wheeling, Missouri with horses, dairy cows and chickens. She had a brother Vernon. Her parents, Foy and Edith Glore, lost the family farm after the market crash and her dad went to the city to find work.
After moving the family to Kansas City, Clara befriended the boy next door, and he later became her husband having 53 years together Albert I. Palmer, Sr. Brother Vernon and Niece Barbara. Together they had four (4) children: Albert, Jr. (1943), Clarinda (1947), John (1952) and Deborah Ann (1961). (7) Grandchildren Jeff, Matt , Craig , Lauren , Ashley , Rachel and Jordan. (4) Great-grandchildren Wyatt , Merritt , Bebe and Corbin.
With a growing family, they outgrew their little house on 29th Street off Van Brunt Boulevard in Kansas City Missouri. She and her husband bought a suburban ranch-style house in Raytown school district. The house had a big yard and undeveloped land behind their property. An elementary school was across the street. Clara put in a big garden full of every vegetable imaginable, and grew apple trees, raspberry bushes, and Concord grapes. Clara made the best pies. She spent many hours sitting in the garage, snapping beans and shelling peas. With the summer heat and no air-conditioning, she'd often sit in the garage with the big bowl on her lap, trying to keep cool. When friends or neighbors would give her part of their bumper crop of walnuts, apples, peppers, or tomatoes, Clara would gladly utilize everything she could get. She canned beans, beets and tomatoes. She froze corn, peas and her delicious applesauce. Partly-frozen apple sauce with sugar and cinnamon was a delicacy in the Palmer household. She made wonderful grape jelly, but her black raspberry was amazing.
As the seamstress, Clara made all the clothes for her two daughters and herself. She made suits, pants, dresses for school, church, prom, Easter and Christmas and even Halloween costumes. She also made clothes for Barbie, American girl, and Cabbage Patch dolls. Her most amazing achievement was making wedding dresses both daughters and all of the bridesmaids dresses. Store bought jeans were rare, because homemade clothes were more affordable.
The family rarely, if ever, missed church on Sunday mornings. Her husband worked the midnight shift for years. He would come home from work, eat some breakfast, change clothes and take the family to church.
Entertainment was usually watching TV in the evenings. She'd make popcorn and serve Pepsi, Shasta or Vess pop. Everyone laughed together at shows like Carol Burnett, I Love Lucy, Bewitched, Red Skelton, the Honeymooners and Mash. Clara liked the Lawrence Welk show better than her husband, but it too was also a weekly staple. Clara never learned to swim and marveled at the beauty and synchronized swimming in Esther Williams's movies.
She provided the family with games like Scrabble and checkers, but rarely took part when they played cards. She had so much patience and diligence for jigsaw puzzles. She was a wizard at solving crossword puzzles.
Clara read her Bible, bible commentaries and library books. Detective mysteries with a female protagonist by Sue Grafton and Mary Higgins Clark were among her favorites. The family had subscriptions to National Geographic and Reader's Digest. In her final days, Clara regularly received Guide Posts magazines and books.



Children's Ministry of Valley View United Methodist Church
In lieu of flowers, if you would like to make a charitable donation in remembrance of Clara Palmer, we suggest sending your contribution to:
Children's Ministry
Valley View United Methodist Church
8412 West . . .