Ruth M. Palmer, 90, of Rome, passed away on July 9, 2012 in Utica, N.Y. Born July 11, 1921 in Rome, she was the daughter of Nelson E. and Marjorie Sanderson Bartholomay. A graduate of Rome Free Academy, salutatorian of the Class of 1939, she earned a B.S. degree in business science education from Hartwick College. At Hartwick, she was especially active in publications and was awarded a publications key for four years of distinguished service, which included being Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper.
Ruth married Robert A. Palmer of Rome on October 22, 1944, in Austin, TX. He died on October 2, 1999, shortly before their 55th anniversary.
Ruth was a business teacher in Hancock, N.Y. for a number of years. Upon returning to Rome, she enjoyed volunteer work and membership in charitable, community and special-interest organizations for the major portion of her life. She was an election inspector for the 6th ward for 15 years.
Ruth had served the Rome Civil Defense Corps as an air raid warden. She was a past president and drill leader of the former marching unit of the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Lake Delta Volunteer Fire Department. She also was a past president and life member of the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Oneida County Volunteer Firemen’s Ass’n., with more than 40 years membership. Ruth was a life member of Lake Delta Eastern Star with over 50 years membership in the Order. She was a member of the Spruce Twig, the Wednesday Morning Club, the National Association of the 10th Mountain Division, the Jervis Public Library Ass’n., the York-Penn Chapter of the American Bell Ass’n. and a life member of the Rome Historical Society.
Ruth leaves a small circle of very special cousins and friends by whom she felt truly blessed, especially cousins Dick and Mitzie Bartholomay and their children.
A very special thank you is expressed to the doctors, nurses, aides, staff and volunteers at the Eastern Star Home for making these final years enjoyable.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 1 P.M. at the Strong and Burns Funeral Home, 401 N. George St., Rome. Private interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Friends may call from noon to 1 P.M. prior to the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to Jervis Library, 613 N. Washington St., Rome or to Dollars for Scholars, Rome Chapter.