Jeannette Whiting Palmer was born in Athens on October 4, 1919, and passed away on Wednesday, August 21, 2013. She was 93, and had a long and happy life. She was the daughter of Benjamin C. Whiting and Edith Brady. She grew up in Athens and lived in the home on South Franklin Street occupied by her family for over one hundred years. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
Jeannette was a very artistic and creative person. She enjoyed painting, especially pictures of Hudson River Steamboats and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse. Her life was also filled with music. For many years she sang in the Athens Reformed Church choir and the Treble Choraliers of Catskill. She appreciated poetry and enjoyed reading and often wrote humorous poems for her family. She was an avid bridge player.
Jeannette was a lifelong resident of Athens, as were several generations of her family before her. She was a granddaughter of William C. Brady, a well known Athens businessman, New York State Assemblyman, and volunteer fireman. She was also a great-granddaughter of John Benjamin Briggs, captain of the steamship “New York” of the Hudson River Dayline. Her ancestor, Nathaniel Low, fought alongside Ethan Allen in the American Revolution.
Jeannette was a longtime member of the Athens Garden Club and served several times as president. She loved arranging flowers and over the years won many prizes in local flower shows. Jeannette was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a lifelong member of the First Reformed Church of Athens.
Jeannette is survived by her husband of 71 years, Harry L. Palmer of Athens. She is also survived by their four children, Jean W. Doneit (Fred) of Poughkeepsie, NY, Barbara E. Forehand (Arthur) of Enterprise, AL, Harry L. Palmer Jr. (Kathleen) of Truro, MA, and William B. Palmer (Suzanne) of Athens. Jeannette and Harry also have seven grandchildren, Martha Bradicich, Fred Doneit Jr., Peter Doneit, Benjamin Stong, Emily Webb, Jonathan Palmer and Audrey Palmer, and eight great-grandchildren.
Her sense of humor and love of life will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew her.
Calling hours will be held on Saturday, August 24 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the First Reformed Church of Athens (New York). Immediately following at 4:00 p.m. there will be a memorial service in celebration of Jeannette’s life, also at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jeannette’s name to the First Reformed Church of Athens or the Athens Garden Club.