Surrounded by her precious loved ones, Beatty Palmer entered heaven March 1, 2021, exactly one week after having celebrated her 102nd birthday. The day after, she knew she was nearing home…her eternal home where she was longing to go. We had six wonderful days by her side, listening to the songs of the church that had always brought her such comfort. She was not saying much at this point, but she knew we were there, along with her precious Savior. At times we would look over and see that little shriveled hand raised to the One she was about to see face to face.
Beatty was born February 22, 1919, to John and Hattie Morris in Texarkana and that is where she lived her entire life. Many referred to her as a Texarkana treasure because of her vast knowledge of the city. She had an incredible and undeniable zest for life. Her joy and laughter were contagious. She knew beyond a doubt that she was blessed and highly favored.
Beatty found her love when she met John Palmer. They soon married and had one daughter and they named her Ann. Beatty and Ann were truly devoted to each other…Beatty took care of Ann and Ann took care of Beatty. Their love was fierce. Ann so willingly shared her mother with multitudes. Beatty was our faithful friend, our wise teacher, our mentor and our “other mama.” She was our greatest cheerleader, our “pray-er” and our guide…always pointing us to Jesus and assuring us that all is well because “The Lord will perfect that thing which concerneth me.” Ps 138:8
Beatty was a strong woman of God. She fell in love with Jesus when she became a member of First Church of the Nazarene and began her journey with her Lord. She devoted her entire life by serving the Lord in whatever way He chose to use her. She “lived Jesus” before our very eyes. Beatty showed us how to live with Him and she showed us how to die with Him…she did both so very well.
Beatty is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Ann & Ronnie Whittenburg, two grandchildren: Greg Niemeyer and Kim Icenhower, three great-grandchildren: Michael Niemeyer, Seth Icenhower and
Meg & Cliff Harris and their daughter Kenzie. She was adored by her nieces and their spouses: Judy & Scokkie Gibson, Pauletta & Wayne Weder and Leslie & Donnie Smith, and a multitude of friends whom she loved as her own. Our hearts are overwhelmed at the honor and privilege it was to love Beatty Palmer.
A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.