Nov. 28, 1911-March 17, 2012
Palo Alto, California
Mary was born in 1911, in Maine, the only daughter of Walter and Gertrude Palmer. She and her two older brothers (Al and Norman) attended a one-room school in Hinkley, Maine, taught by a teacher who had not graduated from high school.
Thanks to a mother who believed strongly in education ("even for daughters"), all three were awarded scholarships to Colby College. Mary graduated in 1933 and taught school before marrying Kenneth Mills in 1938. She gave birth to her only child, Sherry Ann, in 1943.
The family moved to Palo Alto when Ken was transferred to the Hale Department Store in San Francisco. The marriage ended in divorce, but Mary continued on in her Palo Alto home for more than 40 years.
Her beloved daughter preceded her in death in 2001. She is survived by nephew, David Palmer (Anne) of Maine; niece, Elizabeth Palmer of Massachusetts; niece, Patricia Augustiny of Washington; son-in-law, Larry Holzman of New York; and by many loving friends.