Catherine L. Palmer, 90, Meals on Wheels volunteer

May 25, 2004

Catherine L. Palmer, a homemaker and volunteer who was a former president of Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, died of congestive heart failure Thursday at the Broadmead retirement community in Cockeysville, where she had lived since 1992. She was 90.

She was born Catherine Latane in Baltimore and raised in Ruxton and Bolton Hill. She attended Roland Park Country School and the Maryland Institute College of Art, and earned her bachelor's degree in 1936 from Wells College in Aurora, N.Y.

Her father, James Allan Latane, was chairman of the Maryland Racing Commission from 1921 to 1931, which sparked her interest in thoroughbred horse racing. She also enjoyed theater, ceramics, opera and watching tennis, and was a 50-year Orioles fan.

FOR THE RECORD - Catherine L. Palmer: An obituary for Catherine L. Palmer in yesterday's editions incorrectly stated her marital status. She was divorced from John Hambleton Palmer of Annapolis. The Sun regrets the error.

In 1941, she married John Hambleton Palmer, a consulting engineer, and the couple lived in Milford, Conn., before moving to Lutherville in 1953. Her husband now lives in Annapolis.

Mrs. Palmer was a longtime volunteer with Meals on Wheels, and from 1975 to 1980 was chairwoman of the organization's Towson kitchen that prepared meals for delivery to shut-ins, the elderly and needy people.

She was a member of the Hardy Garden Club and a grower of prize-winning daffodils.

Mrs. Palmer was a communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Carrollton and Boyce avenues, Ruxton, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. June 22.

Survivors, in addition to her husband, include two sons, Douglas H. Palmer of Annapolis and James O. Palmer of Meadville, Pa.; two daughters, Grace P. Toyer of New Orleans and Susan P. Andersen of Des Plaines, Ill.; and three grandchildren.

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