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Orpha Amelia Palmer
  • Hospice of Sturgis
    P.O. Box 126
    Sturgis, MI 49091
  • Burr Oak Community Schools
    326 Eagle Street
    Burr Oak, MI 49030

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“Our Deepest Sympathy for the loss of your mother. May she rest in peace. ”
1 of 19 | Posted by: Eula Cornish - Sparta, TN

“Thank you for sharing how she touched so many lives. We thank God for sharing her with us and all of you. ”
2 of 19 | Posted by: Terry and Lanette Conklin - MI

“So sorry to hear about Orpha . I have many memories of her and her family . May She REST IN Piece . ”
3 of 19 | Posted by: john gilchrist - Lancaster, KY

“Dear Dave and Jeanie,So very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Hoping the Good Lord will especially bless you with extra strength, and some...Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: Jeanette Kehoe - Sturgis, MI

“My Dearest Cousins, I am so sorry for your loss, we have lost one of the most beautiful woman I knew with the biggest heart, she inspired me to be...Read More »
5 of 19 | Posted by: Jody Belyea - Huntington Beach, CA

“Thank you all for your thoughtful kind messages. I will miss her for the rest of my life. ”
6 of 19 | Posted by: Lonnie Palmer - Burr Oak, MI

7 of 19 | Posted by: KELLEY - OH

“Lonnie, Robin, and FamilyTerry, Lanette, and FamilyMy thoughts and prayers are with your family during your time of loss. May your families find...Read More »
8 of 19 | Posted by: Lacie Fisher - Bronson, MI

“My deepest condolences to your entire family. May the hearer of prayer, comfort you throughout this most difficult time. Matthew 21:22 ”
9 of 19 | Posted by: Rhonda - TX

“I'm so sorry to hear of Orpha passing, always enjoyed her coming into the bank. Her personality beamed whenever I saw her out & about. She will be...Read More »
10 of 19 | Posted by: Sharon Mynhier - Bronson, MI

“you were a blessing to know, remember when you used to hang with my stepmom Beverly. always loved your baking, you truly will be missed. I thought...Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: patti dunlap - sturgis, MI

“Lonnie and family...My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family...I'm sorry for your loss.Your Friend,Vic Huntsman ”
12 of 19 | Posted by: Vic Huntsman - Franklin, KY

“Thank you all for the condolences. We lost a wonderful mother but her beautiful memories live on in our hearts. ”
13 of 19 | Posted by: Peggy - Family

“Peggy and Family.. So sorry for your loss, may God wrap his loving around you during this time of need. ”
14 of 19 | Posted by: Melissa Mowrey Redfern - Lebanon, KY

“Lonnie, Robin and Family: We are so sorry for your loss. Sarah liked Grandma Palmer very much. Prayers for you all! The Belote'sMyra, Sarah and...Read More »
15 of 19 | Posted by: Myra Belote - Bronson, MI

“I'm so very sorry for the loss of Orpha, she had the biggest heart for everyone.I will miss her and that smile. I loved being able to do her hair and...Read More »
16 of 19 | Posted by: Jolene Sikorski - Bronson, MI

“We hope you enjoy your new life in Heaven with Jackie Lee, Eugene, Kenny and everyone else that went before you! May you rest in Peace. Love Ryan,...Read More »
17 of 19 | Posted by: Tracy Wildermuth - Spring Creek, NV

“My deepest sympathies to the family! I knew Mrs. Palmer growing up and went to school with her sons and daughters. I always remembered her as being...Read More »
18 of 19 | Posted by: Donna Williams (Edwards) - MI

“The Hackman Family and the entire staff extend to you our most heartfelt sympathy. ”
19 of 19 | Posted by: Hackman Family Funeral Homes - MI

Orpha Amelia Palmer age 89 of Burr Oak, Michigan passed away late Saturday evening January 21, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family.
She was born February 17, 1927 in Munising, Michigan daughter of the late Albert Nathaniel and Rachel Rebecca (Wilbur) Ketchum.
Mrs. Palmer's early life was spent in Detroit and Elsie, Michigan. She moved to Sturgis in 1951 and resided in Burr Oak since 1960.
Orpha's strong work ethic afforded her the ability to raise her eight children on her own. She retired from LTI Printing in Sturgis following several years of dedicated employment. Orpha had been employed by Doerr Products in Burr Oak for over 30 years until the closing of the business. She also owned and operated the Trojan Inn in Sturgis and worked at David's Dairy also in Sturgis. While employed at Doerr Products she was very active in the local union.
She attended the Burr Oak Missionary Church in Burr Oak. She was a member of Women of the Moose Sturgis Chapter #613 and Friends of the Burr Oak Library. She loved playing golf and Bingo and cards with friends. She was an avid reader and loyal fan of the Detroit Tigers.
She is survived by two daughters: Reama Day of Dayton, Tennessee and Peggy "Susie" Parr of Burr Oak; four sons: Terry (Lanette) Conklin of Burr Oak, David (Jeanie) Conklin of LaGrange, Indiana, Ronald Conklin of Spring Hill, Tennessee and Lonnie (Robin) Palmer of Burr Oak; 28 grandchildren; 41 great grandchildren; many great great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter: Jackie Lee Hollenback; one son: Kenneth Robert Conklin; two sisters: Erma Courtier and Peggy Yerrick and three brothers: Bill Ketchum, Jack Ketchum and Ron Ketchum.
In accordance with her wishes cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends from 5:00-8:00 P.M. Wednesday at the Rosenberg Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 807 E. Chicago Rd., Sturgis, MI 49091, 269-651-3284. A memorial service honoring and celebrating the life of Orpha Amelia Palmer will be held at 3:00 P.M. Thursday at the Burr Oak Missionary Church in Burr Oak. Orpha's second adopted son: Pastor George Milliman will officiate. A graveside committal of the ashes will follow the service at the Burr Oak Cemetery in Burr Oak.
The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mrs. Palmer's memory consider the Burr Oak Community Schools Recreation Program, 326 Eagle St., Burr Oak, MI 49030 or Hospice of Sturgis, P.O. Box 126, Sturgis, MI 49091.
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