She was the fourth child of Alpha B. Barton and Mary Margretta King. She was raised in Monticello and lived there until marrying Alma M. Palmer on July 5, 1930 and moving to Blanding. Their marriage was solemnized in the Manti Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 29, 1930.
Lila had five brothers and five sisters, and after the death of her mother, her father’s remarriage brought one stepsister, two half-brothers and two half sisters.
Lila had a green thumb and always surrounded herself with flowers at each home they lived in throughout their 77 years of marriage. She loved animals and rode horses in her younger years. She always fed any stray animals and many needy people.
Lila spent years of her life in service to her church. She was a faithful primary teacher, Blazer scout leader, Young Women’s leader and Relief Society president with many callings on the ward and stake level. She and Alma served a two-year stake mission to the Lamanite people and had many friends among them.
In later years, Lila worked as an aide at the San Juan Hospital and at the Nursing Home in Blanding. She enjoyed nursing work and was a kind and patient caregiver to many people over the years.
Alma and Lila were the proud parents of seven children: Margaret (Gordon, deceased) Redd, Shirley Palmer, Ileene (Arvid, deceased) Black, Francis Barton Palmer (deceased), Karma Jo (Nyle) Bennett, Kaye (Jerry) Bradford, and Lyman (Clara) Palmer. Their posterity also includes 45 grandchildren, 81 great-grandchildren and one great, great-grandchild. Lila was proud of her grandchildren and all their accomplishments, and she loved them very much. They, in return, loved Granny and enjoyed spending time with her.
Lila is survived by her husband Alma, one sister, two half-sisters, two half-brothers, six children and numerous posterity.
Funeral services were July 25, 2007 at the Blanding LDS Stake Center and interment at Blanding City Cemetery.
Card of thanks
The Alma Palmer family express thanks to all those who sent cards, flowers and food to the family in our time of sorrow. All your prayers, kind words and acts of service are deeply appreciated.
We especially thank Dr. Val Jones and the staff at UNHS for their loving care and visits to her home, Danny Palmer for his patience and quiet consideration of our family in respecting our wishes, and Rocky Mountain Home Health for their efficiency and caring.
Alma Palmer, Margaret
Redd family, Shirley Palmer, Ileene Black family, Karma & Nyle Bennett family, Kaye & Jerry Bradford family, Lyman & Clara Palmer family.