PalmerwebPalmer (nee Korby), Mary “Dianne” – Died peacefully at home with her adoring husband, Ted, by her side on Monday, March 21, 2016 in her 73rd year.  Esteemed wife of Edward (Ted) Palmer.  Loving mother of Grant (Anita) of Winnipeg, Tanya (Wade) of Stratford and Christopher (Amanda) of London.  Much loved grandmother of Mike, Tom, Michelle, Jacob, Noah, Rebekkah, Bradley, Shannon and Nathanael. Also survived by Ted’s siblings Patrick, Lynda and Karen and their spouses as well as several nieces and nephews and a number of great-nieces and great-nephews.  Predeceased by her parents, Daniel and Lily Korby,  brother John, step-grandson Thom Welch and nephew Steven Korby.   Dianne served as a Salvation Army Corps Officer in Toronto and St. Thomas, worked as a Homemaker supervisor for the St. Thomas Red Cross and as the Branches Supervisor for the Elgin County Library system.  Dianne co-authored the book, Full-Time Families. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Windsor and her Master of Library Sciences from the University of Western Ontario.  She was a member and past-president the Probus Club of Woodstock-Oxford.  We are grateful for the compassionate care Dianne received over the past several months from the Saint Elizabeth nurses and from Dr. Karen Fryer.  You made a difficult time more bearable. The family will receive friends at the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington St. N, Woodstock on Friday, April 1, 2016 from 2-4 and 7-9pm.  A Celebration of Dianne’s life will take place on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 10:30am at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 9 Douro St. (at Waterloo), Stratford.  The Reverend Robert Doerr, Officiant, and the Reverend Daniel Bowyer, Celebrant. Private interment to follow in Avondale Cemetery.  As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to VON Sakura House.  Smith-LeRoy 519-537-3611.  Personal condolences may be sent at

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