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Rosemary Gudmundson Palmer

July 19, 1946 — September 29, 2022

Rosemary Gudmundson Palmer passed away from cancer in Tooele, Utah on September 29, 2022.

Rosemary was born in Logan, Utah, to Melvin Peter Gudmundson and Mary Mae Jarvis on July 19, 1946. Her sister Madonna was born 15 months later. They were playmates and kept a close relationship throughout their lives. They grew up in a home filled with love.

Rosemary graduated from Logan High School in 1964 and Utah State University in 1968. She married Fred W. Palmer in the Logan Temple on July 15, 1971. They both received master’s degrees from Utah State University in 1973. She was an elementary and secondary school teacher. She also assisted Fred with his retail businesses. In 1997, Rosemary received her Ph.D. from the University of Wyoming and was a professor at Boise State University. She had a passion for learning, doing family history and historical and literacy research, and writing. She published books and articles and served as an editor or consultant for various publications.

Rosemary and Fred were blessed with two children: Chris and Melanie. Rosemary loved being a mother.

As a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she loved the Lord Jesus Christ. She served in many callings including ward and stake Relief Society president, Primary president, gospel doctrine and institute teachers, and ordinance worker in the Nauvoo Illinois Temple. She and Fred served for five years as Church Service Missionaries where they introduced the Addiction Recovery Program to the Nauvoo Illinois Stake. They were full-time missionaries at the Church History Library in Salt Lake City from 2014 to 2016. They also served as Area Church History Advisers in the North America Central Area.

Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents, her “second father” Win Gudmundson, and two older half-sisters. She is survived by her husband Fred, her children Chris Palmer (Amy) and Melanie Palmer Cushing (Jason), four grandchildren, her sister Madonna Saltern (Jerry), and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by sisters-in-law Mary Pat Lebeck (John), Karen North (Jim), and Kathy Bowers (Steve).

A private family memorial service and burial will be held in Logan, Utah. In lieu of flowers or other remembrances, please donate to the Church’s Humanitarian Services.
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