WESTON – Linda “Lou” Ellen (Dwyer) Palmer left this world to be with our Lord Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, after an extremely valiant battle with heart disease. She was born in Weston, the daughter of Montie and Ruth (Faulkner) Dwyer.
Linda spent the majority of her life living in Linneus, where she and husband, Jim, built their home and raised their family, working alongside Jim in the family logging and construction business. She and Jim were a true team, whether it be in the way they danced in sync together or the way they laid bricks together, they were a match. Linda had no problem driving a dump truck or bulldozer, yet she also loved doing hair. She obtained her cosmetology license, then opened and ran her own hair salon. Linda was a member of Daughters of Rebekah. She loved to bowl, fish and canoe with Jim. After the death of husband Jim, Linda returned to her roots at Faulkner Lake, Weston. She truly loved the outdoors and the wildlife, and you would likely find her kayaking on the lake or snow shoeing across the field. She attended Weston Community Church and had a true faith in God, which was evidenced by her acceptance and love of people for who they were; she was always ready with a cup of coffee and an ear to listen to anyone in need. She had a special way of drawing people to her and she had more friends than we will ever know. Linda’s children will always remember her as a great mother who inspired us to be everything you could be. She was an enormous presence in a tiny package. She never let you leave without a smile and an “I love you” and “be safe.” How we will so sadly miss her words until we can be together again. We love you Mommy.
She will be sadly missed by her children, Ruthie Stewart, GaeAnn Woznica and husband, Joseph, James Palmer Jr. and wife, Carrie, and Todd Palmer and wife, Robin; stepdaughter, Cherie Palmer; grandchildren, Erica (Lynds) Rodriguez, Brooke (Lynds) Costello, Jeremiah, Benjamin and Samari Stewart, Whitney, Samantha, Jamie and Joshua Palmer; great-grandaughter, Addison Anna Costello; and her beloved siblings: brother, Gary Dwyer and sisters, Mary (Dwyer) Wiley and Sarah (Dwyer) McGuire. Linda will be lovingly remembered by her special friend, “Skip” Earl Rafus; and their companions, Napoleon, Buddy and Maybell. She was predeceased by her parents; her lifelong love, James Palmer Sr.; and her beloved brother, Wayne Dwyer.
Friends may call noon-2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at Bowers Funeral Home, 10 Water St., Houlton, where funeral services will be held 2 p.m. with Emery Dwyer officiating. Spring interment will be held at Linneus Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 51 US Route 1, Suite M, Scarborough, ME 04074. For an online memory book and to leave condolences, please visit www.bowersfuneral.com.