Feb 042011

Ruth Westover Palmer, 92, passed away on Friday, Jan. 28, 2011. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 625 E. Cherry in Flagstaff, and will be preceded by a viewing at 9 a.m. at the same location. There will also be a viewing from 6 to 8 o’clock tonight (Feb. 4) at Norvel Owens Mortuary, located at 914 E. Route 66 in Flagstaff.

Ruth was born on Jan. 3, 1919, to John Lycurgus Westover and Maren Adele Bushman in Joseph City. Ruth’s ancestry helped establish communities along the Little Colorado River in Northern Arizona in the late 1800s.

Ruth spent her life serving her family, her friends and the LDS church–these were the focus of her life.

Gus and Ruth Palmer, who would have been married 72 years this June, moved to Flagstaff in 1944 and lived there until 2010. Ruth worked for Kaibab Lumber Company in Flagstaff for many years, then later at the LDS Institute of Religion near the campus of Northern Arizona University.

Ruth and Gus served missions for the LDS church in Oakland, Calif., and in Nigeria, Africa. They served in the Mesa, Snowflake and Gila Valley Temples.

Survivors include her husband E. Gus Palmer; her four children, Bob (Mary) of Phoenix, Tom (Gretna) of Flagstaff, Mel (Adeline) of Thatcher and Marena (Don Hales) of Flagstaff; 35 grandchildren; 115 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and seven brothers, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.