Sterling resident Janet Diane Palmer died Monday, March 24, 2008, at home following a brief battle with cancer. She was 59.
There will be no services.
Mrs. Palmer is the daughter of George Edward Cook and Freda Lucile (Nininger) Cook. She was born in Renton, Wash., on Dec. 29, 1948. She grew up in the South Park neighborhood of Seattle, and graduated from Cleveland High School in 1967. She was lured to Alaska by Sterling resident Les Palmer and married himin 1981.
In the Kenai-Soldotna area, Mrs. Palmer managed a J.C. Penney store, sold real estate and clerked for a title insurance company and a mortgage loan company. For the past nine years, she was a clerk for the Alaska State Troopers in the Kenai Court House.
"Janet will be missed by a lot of people. She was kind, gentle and unassuming, the sort of person everyone likes. Her ready smile and infectious laugh were contagious. When Janet told you 'Good morning,' your morning suddenly seemed brighter. In summer, she enjoyed going on walks and puttering with flowers. In winter, she liked to read, correspond with e-mail buddies and socialize with friends. Family was important to her. She loved Alaska and wanted to spend her entire life here," her family said.
Mrs. Palmer was preceded in death by her father, George Cook.
She is survived by her husband, Les Palmer of Sterling; mother, Lucile Cook of Seattle; daughter, Laura (Allison) Phillips of Burlington, N.C.; sisters, Joanne Cook of Takaungu, Kenya and Cindy Hill of Seattle; and brothers Phillip Cook and Douglas Cook of Seattle.
By way of a memorial, the family suggests sending donations to: Hospice of the Central Peninsula, P.O. Box 2584, Soldotna, AK 99669. Sympathy cards to the family may be sent to Les Palmer, P.O. Box 631, Sterling, AK 99672.
Cremation arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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