Agnes Palmer

Agnes Palmer (Head)

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Agnes Head Palmer, 86, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on May 29, 2021, in Orem, Utah.

She was born in Farmington, New Mexico, on December 26, 1934, to Willard H. and Mable Otis Head. Agnes had an older brother, Otis (deceased), and a younger sister, Charlene Thompson of Columbus, Mississippi.

The family moved many times during her childhood due to her father’s work with the BIA (Bureau of Indian Affairs), including multiple moves to the Navajo Indian Reservation. Later, her parents bought a farm in Fruitland, New Mexico, where there were fruit trees to pick, a cow to milk, pigs to slop, and eggs to gather. One of Agnes’s jobs at the end of the day was to walk down to the river and guide the cow back up to her corral. These were fun years but hard work, too!

Agnes married Lloyd Palmer on April 6, 1951, in Farmington, New Mexico. They had 4 children: a daughter, Linda, and three sons, Mike, Rick, and Dee Jay.

Later in life, Agnes went back to college to earn her degree. She graduated from New Mexico State University in 1967, with a degree in Home Economics. After graduation, Agnes taught junior high school for two years before being hired as the County Home Economist for San Juan County, New Mexico. Agnes loved her work with the county extension office and the traveling and many new friends that came with it. After retirement, Agnes and Lloyd bought an RV and traveled around the country. They enjoyed these years very much, as they traveled around seeing family and friends. Agnes was an excellent cook and also enjoyed sewing, gardening, reading, doing crossword puzzles, and playing solitaire.

Agnes was preceded in death by her husband Lloyd, son Dee Jay, and grandson Zack Palmer. She is survived by her children: Linda (Mark) Williams, Michael (Myla) Palmer, Richard (Ginger) Palmer, and daughter-in-law Lee Palmer. Agnes leaves behind 16 grandchildren: Tiffany Williams, Ben Williams, Erin Heywood, Holly Keele, Nick Williams, Cameron Palmer, Julie Palmer, Sydney Ramos, Rikki Cook, Samantha Grapes, Dan Palmer, Chris Palmer, Kate Drake, Mitch Dye, Gina Smith, Ashley Ritter, and 26 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, June 5, at 10:00 A.M. in the LDS chapel at 1650 S. 200 E. in Orem, Utah.
Interment will take place at a later date in Farmington, New Mexico. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at
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    Saturday, June 5th, 2021 | 10:00am
    Saturday, June 5th, 2021 10:00am
    Cherry Hill 3rd Ward
    1650 South 200 East
    Orem, Utah 84058
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    There will be a live stream of the Memorial Service on Saturday at 10 am. Just go to and click view live webcast. For those that cannot watch it live it will be available on her obituary soon after


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