Betty Jean “Cook” Palmer died April 21, 2017 at the age of 83. She was born Aug. 6, 1933 to Elvin Louis and Darlie Hooper Cook in Peoria, at the family homestead. She attended Peoria Unified schools and upon graduating, attended Arizona State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree.
Mrs. Palmer was an educator in Casa Grande, and later, an administrator for Kaplan Educational Center. Her gregarious personality did not allow her to stay retired long. She became the business owner of Florence United Drug and a member of the Red Hats Society. She had a passion for gardening, bridge, baking, Phoenix Suns, and Arizona Diamondbacks.
Mrs. Palmer’s apple cake, witty personality, and unconditional love for her family and friends will truly be missed. She is preceded by her parents, Elvin and Darlie; brothers Howard and Lyle Cook, and sister, Arlene Robertson. She is survived by her daughter, Gayle Davis (Gary); son, Jeff Palmer, her four grandchildren, Jacqueline, Shelby, Dalton, and Landry; and great-grandson, Nakai. A memorial service will be held 4 to 8 p.m. April 29 at Serrano’s Mexican Restaurant in Chandler.