An accidental fall on the steps of her beloved Grace Episcopal Church Saturday morning, led to the death of Sue Palmer. She was rushed to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines where she died surrounded by family and friends.
The Rev. Sue Palmer had lived an active retirement, serving Episcopal parishes in Albia and Chariton as an ordained deacon and priest. She was one of the most active members of the Monroe County Ministerial over the years, participating in numerous ecumenical gatherings.
Newcomers to the area might not be familiar with the impact she had on the community. She was an outstanding history, government and economics teacher at Albia Community High School from 1969-1975 after she and her husband, John, moved to Albia in 1969. John served as an elementary principal from 1969-1998. Bob Scott, a lifelong area farmer, remembers her history and government classes. “She was a tremendous teacher,” he said.
Earning her doctorate from Drake University, she left high school teaching to become director of educational services at the Area Education Agency, a position she held for over 25 years.
Palmer was active in politics and government, serving as president of Monroe County Republican Women and was a First District Republican Central Committee member. A long time member of the Albia City Council, she lost a close election to Democrat Joel Brown for state representative.
See this full story in the Tuesday, August 6th issue of the Monroe County News.