She was born on March 5, 1919 in Springfield, MA; the daughter of Samuel and Florence (McKenna) Munsell. She graduated from Springfield Classical High School and Connecticut College for Women.
She was married to Donald F. Palmer in Springfield, MA on July 25, 1941. He passed away in 2003.
She lived in Trenton, NJ, Moorestown, NJ, and Wellesley, MA, until moving to Randolph in 1991. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Moorestown, Wellesley Hills Congregational Church, and Bethany Church of Randolph. She was an avid Boston Red Sox fan, and enjoyed church activities, P.T.A., Junior League, reading and travel. She is best remembered as a woman of faith, and as a loving mother who enjoyed family gatherings.
Survivors include her daughters, Margaret P. Stiles of Plymouth, IN and Anne P. Strother of Old Greenwich, CT; sons, Donald F. Palmer of Drexel Hill, PA, David M. Palmer of Randolph and Richard L. Palmer of Ventura, CA; 8 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and a nephew. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her sister, Ruth Downs.