Lillian Palmer Blackwell, age 97, of Bowling Green passed away on May 2, 2015 at the Moore Pike Nursing Home in Bowling Green.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Thursday at the Bibb-Veach Funeral Home in Bowling Green with Danny Peters and Rev. John Birkhead officiating. Burial will be in the Antioch Cemetery near Bowling Green. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Lillian was born Feb. 4, 1918 in New Hartford to Henry H. and Amy Wilhoit Palmer.
She was married to James B. Blackwell June 1, 1941 in Bowling Green by Pastor Owen Baxter of Second Baptist Church. Her husband J. B. preceded her in death May 24, 1974. Also preceding her in death were her parents; two brothers Joseph W. Palmer and Henry H. Palmer Jr.; and sister-in-law Mary Lou Williamson Palmer.
Survivors include her son James Palmer Blackwell of Bowling Green; grandchildren James Martin Blackwell of Peoria, Ill., Amy Dee Blackwell Berg (Mark), of Peoria, Ill., Amanda Blackwell Seeley (Roger) of Elsberry, and Joshua Paul Blackwell of Columbia; great-grandchildren Terra Blackwell, Ryan and Dylan Berg of Peoria, Ill., Abby Jenkins, and Amelia Seeley of Elsberry. Also surviving are three nieces Diana Palmer Rinchiuso (Angelo), Dena Palmer Aaron (Norman), and Darch Palmer Holford (Bill); one nephew Dale Palmer (Jackie); several cousins; one close friend Janece Hickman Peabody, and family.
Lillian enjoyed knitting baby blankets, scarfs, tams, and afghans. She volunteered at the Hope Center in Bowling Green for many years and was a lifetime member of the Missouri Retired Teachers Association as well as the local Pike County Retired School Personnel.
She was a member of the Second Baptist Church for many years, teaching Sunday School and serving as treasurer for several years. At the time of her death she was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.
She graduated from Bowling Green High School in 1936 and while in high school she played basketball. In November 1935, the Bowling Green Girls Team were the Northeast Missouri Champions and she was on the all-star team as the center.
Lillian graduated from Hannibal LaGrange College in 1938 and started teaching in the Mt. Zion one-room school house.
She later graduated from the University of Missouri in Columbia. She taught for a total of 35 years and retired in May 1978.
Lillian enjoyed children, traveling, her church work, and knitting.
Memorials may be made to the Bowling Green Alumni Scholarship Fund or The Chester Nunn. Scholorship Fund.
Serving as pallbearers will be Bennie Teasley, George Copenhaver, Dale Palmer, Robert Graver, Willard Wamsley, and Angelo Rinchiuso.