A memorial Celebration of Life was held for Betty Mae Palmer, 85, of Lindsay, who passed away April 26, 2006. Private internment will take place at a later date.

Betty was born Nov. 8, 1920 in Chardon, Ohio, to Jesse and Ethel Summers and lived there until the age of 8, when she moved with her parents to California and made Strathmore home. Betty attended all local schools, graduating from Strathmore High School before attending Porterville College and Fresno State. She was crowned Orange Blossom Queen in 1939. She married William S. Palmer, better known as Bill, on Nov. 24, 1942 in Coral Gables, Florida.

In addition to being a wife and mother, she worked as secretary and bookkeeper in her husband's business, Palmer Company Insurance in Lindsay. Betty enjoyed doing needle point, was an avid reader and a member of the Friends of the Library. She was also a long-time member of the Strathmore Town & Country Club and the SETCO Republican Women. She was a fan of the arts, especially in the local area, supporting the Lindsay Cultural Arts Center and regularly attended performances at the Barn Theater, The Ice House, the Three Rivers Jazz Affair and the Lindsay Theater.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Palmer, in 2003, her grandson, Garth Rogers, earlier this year; her sisters, Helen Jones and Hazel Hanna. She is survived by her daughters; Linda Solway of San Diego and Betsy Rogers and her husband Jeff of Wasco; her grandsons Tyler Rogers, U.S. Army, Germany, and Cale Rogers of Phoenix, Ariz.; great-granddaughter Madison Rogers of Wasco; a niece Nancy Rhodes of Ohio, nephews Bill Palmer of Visalia and Kelly Jones of New York; brother-in-law Jack Palmer and wife Eva of Visalia.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in Betty's name to the Lindsay First Presbyterian Church or the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements were by Webb-Sanders Funeral Home, Lindsay.

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