Bonnie Virginia Palmer

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(June 2, 1935 – August 8, 2015)

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VISITATION: Tuesday, August 11th from 6 to 8 pm. at Harrell Funeral Home.

INTERMENT: Wednesday, August 12th at 9 am in Upper Greens Creek Cemetery.

MEMORIALS: The family request that expressions of love and remembrance be made to P.A.W.S., the new nonprofit no-kill shelter in Stephenville (

MEMORIAL SERVICE: A private memorial gathering to celebrate Grandlady’s life will be held at the home of Vicky & Kurt Johnson at a later date.

Bonnie Virginia Shaffer Palmer, 80, passed away on Saturday, August 8, 2015. She died peacefully at home, surrounded by family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Leroy Palmer, who died in 2001. She was also preceded by her four siblings – Odell Shaffer, Juanita Clyde, Alex Shaffer, and John Shaffer.

She was born in Burkburnett, Texas to Vera Eoff Shaffer and Thomas Reagan Shaffer on June 2, 1935. She was an Episcopalian and a life-long Texan, but most importantly, she was “Grandlady” to those who knew and loved her best. She is survived by her daughter, Vicky Johnson and husband Kurt of Stephenville, her grandson, Jared Boucher of Austin, her granddaughter, Miranda Nash and husband Alan of Stephenville, and her precious baby great-grandson, Michael Nash. He coaxed her last smile.

Before retiring, Grandlady worked in the Erath County Tax Office, for the County School Superintendant, and for Lingleville Schools. She loved to garden and to cook. She could make flowers grow out of concrete and made the best chicken fried steak anywhere. She was artistic and creative, skilled in sewing, needlework, oil painting and woodworking, just to name a few of her talents.

Her friends and family thought this quote from Shakespeare described her best: “And though she be but little, she is fierce.” When she made her mind up, she could be immovable, and was particularly fierce in her love and devotion. Her resolve and determination in battling cancer and living to the fullest surprised and inspired us all. To quote a cherished condolence: “We must stick together in love and mutual support and fare forward in a way that would meet Grandlady’s approval. In the face of loss, there is life to be lived; and she has helped point the way.” She will be deeply missed. Grandlady was affectionately referred to as the “Patron Saint of Puppies” for her love and care of animals. If one believes in reincarnation, Nirvana would be to come back as one of her puppies.

The family would like to extend special thanks and appreciation to the folks at C.C.S. Hospice and to Mary Moreno for their kindness in caring for Grandlady.


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