Ethel R. Palmer passed on Monday, December 11, at home with family, following a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.

She was born August 2, 1924, in Helena, Montana, daughter of Dr. Thomas and Agnes Regan of Helena.

Ethel earned an RN and Master’s degree in Public Health in 1947 from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. She served as a public health nurse in Minot, North Dakota, San Francisco, California, and Seattle, Washington. Later, she worked in home health nursing with the Ridgefield District Nursing Association and private clients. She and her family called Ridgefield home for 37 years, before she and her husband moved to Danbury in 2005.

She was also an avid artist, expressing herself in drawing, painting, needlework, ceramics, stained glass, and jewelry. In later years, she much enjoyed performing music with her husband, playing the washboard in both The Riverbank Banjo Band and The Ridgefield Senior Melodiers.

Ethel was a faithful, loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, and friend.

Throughout their lives, She remained very close to her four siblings — Thomas, Margaret, Agnes, and Richard — all of whom predeceased her.

Ethel will be missed greatly, in proportion to the grace, love and light she showed to all who knew her.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, William P. Palmer, Jr. and by their three children: John Palmer, of Stockton, California, Rex Palmer of Watertown, Massachusetts, and Susanna Marker (and husband Chris Marker) of Sherman, and grandchildren: Anastasia Marker and Dmitry Marker.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 Saturday morning, February 17, at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 520 Ridgebury Road, Ridgefield, CT.