Our beautiful friend, Myrtie Palmer, was called to her heavenly home today, July 21, 2010 around 10:30 am. She will be missed by so many – her smile, her spirit, her love and grace – always so vibrant among us. We know that she has gone to a great reward for her love of God, of His Church, and for all who she inspired.
Just Sunday before last, she came to First Church to worship, this time in a wheelchair, but still in “her spot” in the sanctuary where we looked for her week after week. Some of us specifically noted her presence this day saying, “If I ever think I am too tired or too ill to come to church, I will be put to shame by the faithfulness of Myrtie Palmer.” While her hearing may have failed over the years, her wit and class never did. Her style and carriage were always impeccable, and our Myrtie encouraged us all. The angels must be rejoicing to have this one come home.
Please remember her family in your prayers.
The funeral will be at the Cook Walden Funeral Home on North Lamar Blvd on Saturday, July 24, at 1:00 pm. Pastor Gilbert Davila will officiate. She will be buried in Louisiana beside her beloved husband.
Myrtie L Palmer
October 11, 1919 – July 21,2010
Myrtie was born in Coushatta, Louisiana to Jesse James Coody and Mary Roshto Coody. As a youth the family moved to different towns and states where her father worked as a roughneck and also fulfilled his call to start churches. In the early years, she enjoyed climbing trees and playing with her brothers, James and Arnold. Fond memories of youth include living in Smackover, Arkansas and enjoying the forested beauty of that area.
In high school she followed athletic pursuits with a special passion for basketball. After graduating from high school, she worked at Goldrings in Shreveport, LA, a fashion store for women. She also played in a women’s semi-professional basketball league. When World War II began, she worked for the Civil Service in Panama City, Panama. There she met her future husband, Robert Palmer, who was a naval officer tasked with procuring many of the materials needed by the Navy. After the war, they married on July 17, 1947. They enjoyed traveling, playing golf and other pursuits.
Their first apartment had a garden plot with irises and lilacs. She and Bob planted more things and Myrtie began to love gardening. They moved to Bronxville, NY where she transformed their yard into lovely grounds. While in Bronxville, she and Bob had two children, James Robert and Mary Elizabeth.
Her mother-in-law, Ella Palmer, introduced Myrtie to garden clubbing. Myrtie joined the Pierremont Hills Garden Club when they moved from Bronxville, NY to Shreveport, LA in the 1960’s and was an active member until she moved from Shreveport, LA to Austin, TX in 2001. She participated at many levels including state. She received over a hundred awards for her flower arrangements and was also a judge at flower shows. Special yearly events included the flower shows for Holiday in Dixie and Christmas Trees at the Barnwell Center. She and Bob also assisted with the formation of the National Rose Center near Shreveport, LA. She was a member of the local Orchid Society and the Rose Society.
In 1980 Myrtie and Bob took up residence in Shalimar, Florida spending time between Florida and Louisiana. She enjoyed exploring sea life and gardening in a semi-tropical climate.
In Austin, she joined Austin First Church of God where she immediately felt at home with this community of believers. She also joined the Newcomers Club and participated in their Garden Club and Bridge Club. She joined the Violet Crown Garden Club and the Judges Council. She enjoyed life to the fullest and leaves a legacy of kindness, warmth, and zest for life with all who knew her. She especially enjoyed her pets and had a special fondness for boxers – owning five during her lifetime.
Myrtie is preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. Palmer and brother, James Coody. Her brother, Arnold Coody, lives in West Monroe, LA with his wife Vivian. Her son, James Robert Palmer lives in Austin, TX with his wife, Annette and sons Louis and Colin. Her daughter, Mary Elizabeth Graber lives in Loveland, OH with husband John Graber and son, Will.