Mary Carolyn Palmer
Mary Carolyn Palmer
  • July 12, 1947 - December 1, 2017
  • Pacific Grove, California

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Mary "Carolyn" Palmer passed away in Monterey, California on December 1, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents, Rex and Mary Vee Palmer.

Carolyn was born on July 12, 1947, in Merced, California. When she was three months old, the family relocated to Albany, Oregon. She attended school there and majored in elementary education at Oregon State University. Upon graduation in 1969, Carolyn moved to the Monterey Peninsula to teach in the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District. During her thirty-six year career, she taught first, second, and third grades at Marina Vista, Hilltop, Patton and Marina Del Mar schools.

Carolyn was a charter member of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. After her retirement in 2006, she volunteered in several local schools and at the Pacific Grove Library. She was an active member of Delta Kappa Gamma and participated regularly with the Reading is Fundamental (RIF) program. Carolyn was an officer in the California Retired Teachers Association and a volunteer for Teddy Bears with Heart.

Carolyn attended Gentrain classes at Monterey Peninsula College and plays at Western Stage and Pac Rep Theaters. She enjoyed traveling with friends from Oregon, letterboxing, knitting, needlepoint, and counted cross stitch. She was an avid reader and excelled at Trivial Pursuit.

She is survived by loving cousins; Adrian Mendes, Sam (Susan) Mendes, Lance (Kris) Mendes, Elizabeth (John) Bird, Janet (Larry) Palmer Johnson, and Gary (Cheryl) Palmer. Carolyn is also survived by her good friend, Patricia Caughman, and four of The Fab Five. Whenever you next hug a teddy bear, think of Carolyn.

At Carolyn's request, no service will be held. Interment will be in Jefferson, Oregon. Memorial contributions may be made to Teddy Bears with Heart, P.O. Box 923, Seaside, CA 93955. Please visit to sign Carolyn's guest book and leave messages for her family.