Remembering Helen

Helen Palmer was the first violinist of Cecilia Quartet for over ten years. She was a good friend and we remember her fondly. Here are some pictures of Helen with the quartet.




Helen Palmer

Helen D. Palmer died at home in Shelton on Saturday, January 17. She was 82 and had lived in Shelton for 60 years.

Mrs. Palmer was born on February 26, 1926 in Sunnyside to Hubbard and Florence (Davidson) Duncan. Mrs. Palmer attended Sunnyside High School. She was the "Salutatorian" for her graduating class in 1944. After high school she attended Washington State University, graduating in 1949 with a bachelor's degree in music and education. She married Dean Palmer in Sunnyside on July 22, 1951.

She taught at Shelton Junior High School for five years teaching music. She took time off from teaching to raise her sons then returned to teaching. She taught at Pioneer School for a couple of years before going to work as a legal secretary for Carol Fuller of Fuller and Fuller. She worked there for 15 years until her retirement.

She was a member of the Shelton United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Olympia Symphony for over 50 years, playing first chair violin and holding titles such as concert mistress and played with numerous quartets, ensembles and church shows. She was also a member of PEO, the Mason County Democratic Women's Club and the League of Women Voters. She was an avid reader, enjoyed socializing and had traveled to Africa, Venezuela, Bermuda, England and Asia. Her greatest love was that of the arts and family.

...From her obituary in the Shelton newspaper:


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