Sarah J. Palmer, 81, of Deweyville, passed away Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at the Gulf Health Care Center in Port Arthur.

A gathering of family and friends for a time of reflection will be from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Friday, March 11, 2011 at the United Pentecostal Church in Deweyville. Services of life celebration will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 12, 2011 at the church. Officiating will be the Rev. Darrell Orange and assisting will be the Rev. Michael Orange.

Rite of Committal and Interment will follow services where she will be laid to rest next to her husband in the Deweyville Cemetery in Deweyville. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange.

She was born on May 29, 1929 in Center, Texas to her parents, John Wilburn and Isabell (Eddings) Wilburn. She was a resident of Deweyville since 1970. She worked as the head cook in the cafeteria for the Deweyville I.S.D. and was a member of the United Pentecostal Church in Deweyville. Mrs. Palmer was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend to many. She enjoyed the gardening of vegetables and flowers and spending time in the outdoors and with her family.

Mrs. Palmer will also be remembered as a person who helped others and for her cooking, her family will fondly remember her chicken and dumplings and her chicken and dressing.

Greeting her at heaven’s gate and preceding her in death are her parents; her husband, Vernon Palmer and her nine brothers and sisters. Those who will most cherish her memory are her daughter, Norma Guidry of Deweyville; her son, Billy McMahon of Leakesville, Miss.; her granddaughters, Ramona, Jenise and husband, Mike, Janice and husband, Jerry and Mandy and husband, Brian; her great grandchildren, Julie, Devon, Sabrina, Justin, Eric, Jerry, Colby, Jared and Tori. Mrs. Palmer is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

Serving as pallbearers are Mike Welsh, Prentiss Scarber, Ricky Fore, Phillip Orange, Roger Fancher and Brian Wofford.