Ann Palmer
Ann Palmer

Obituary of Ann Knickerbocker Palmer

Ann Palmer of Parker, CO, daughter of Platt Clay and Ernestine Freemark Knickerbocker, died peacefully on March 14th at age 83 at her recent residence in Arvada, CO. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, June 20th, at Parker Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 9030 Miller Rd, Parker, CO. Memorial donations may be made to Ann’s favorite charities: Habitat for Humanity ( or the Food Bank of the Rockies ( Ann was preceded in death by her husband of over 60 years, Lewis B. Palmer and her brother, Jansen Clay Knickerbocker. Ann grew up in Endicott, NY, and was very musical, playing violin, ukulele and piano. While in Endicott, she developed close friendships that lasted a lifetime. Ann graduated from Union-Endicott High School in 1950, then attended the University of Michigan, majoring in medical technology. She interned at Copley Memorial Hospital in Aurora, IL, then worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Joliet, IL, until the birth of her first son, Doug. Ann married the love of her life, Lewis B. Palmer on August 22nd, 1953. Lew and Ann quickly tired of the extreme heat, cold, and humidity of Illinois and moved west to Denver in 1956. Lew and Ann raised their three sons, Doug, Glenn, and Brian in southwest Denver until 1976. Ann loved being a mom, and together, Lew and Ann went on many family adventures and instilled strong moral principles in their sons. Ann enjoyed tent camping and even insisted on sleeping on the ground last summer at age 82! Prominent family vacations included hiking, backpacking, and camping in nearly every national park in the American west. Vacations often included an element of history and culture, such as visiting Indian pueblos and ruins, or trips to Civil War and Revolutionary War sites from Boston to Virginia. Ann and Lew knew the secret sauce for raising boys. Ann had a strong moral sense and was always on the lookout for wrongs to right. For many years, she sponsored a team of black junior high students during Denver’s forced busing era, feeding them dinner and then driving them home after games late at night because the bus left immediately after school. Ann moved to Calgary, Alberta, Canada with Lew and Brian in 1976, staying until 1984. She loved exploring this breathtaking country and making new friends. Ann and Lew explored, hiked, and camped in nearly every national park in western Canada, including favorites Banff, Yoho, and Waterton Lakes. Lew managed a large oil engineering and construction company, and Ann was a successful hostess for company affairs in Calgary for eight years. She coordinated the settling in of dozens of European immigrants to Canada for Lew’s business. In 1984, Ann and Lew moved back to rural Parker, CO, watching over the deer, coyotes, rabbits, foxes, and multitudes of birds. She was an obsessive caretaker of 15 rural acres surrounding their home, eliminating weeds and improving the landscape. She enjoyed plays and musical events, from Telluride’s bluegrass to Queen City jazz band, from symphonic works and chorales to rock and roll. She enjoyed cross-country train rides with Lew and their grandchildren. Ann was always an advocate for the underdog and ever wary of big business. Ann loved to meet strangers and had the ability to become lifelong friends in minutes, discovering every person’s awesomeness. She had the ability to make new acquaintances feel very special. Among her friends, she was the life of the party, and Lew loved having her at his side for all social events. She enjoyed watching her grandkids’ and great-grandkids’ emerging personalities and achievements. Ann always loved being around kids—whether her own kids, her grandchildren, her great-grandchildren, neighbor kids, or other people’s kids. Ann is survived by 3 sons, 10 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren: Son, Douglas (and Jo Ann) Palmer (Albuquerque, NM), granddaughter Ryan (and Bryan) Jenkins, grandsons Kevin and Bryce Palmer. Son, Glenn (and Meriwether) Palmer (Edwards, CO), granddaughters Lia and Callie Palmer, grand-dogs Jack and Jackson. Son, Brian (and Jackie) Palmer (Arvada, CO), granddaughter Ruth (and Jonathon) Owen, great-grandsons Liam, Daniel, Graham, and Rhys; granddaughter Karen (and Martin) Schmidt, great-grandsons Felix and Lewis; grandson Greg (and Megan) Palmer; grandson Nathan (and Wendy) Palmer, great-granddaughter Kylie, great-grandson Jayden; granddaughter Emily (and Eric) Lawrence, great-granddaughter Jill. Service Information
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Memorial Service

Monday June 20, 2016 1:30 PM Parker Evangelical Presbyterian Church 9030 Miller Road Parker, CO 80138 Text Details
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