Anne Louise (Pert) Palmer passed away on March 30, 2020 at the age of 55 after a courageous two-year battle with cancer. She was born on May 14, 1964 in Phoenix, Arizona to Edmund and Raima (Geare) Pert, and spent much of her childhood in San Clemente, California.
She attended Our Lady of Fatima school and graduated from San Clemente High School in 1982. She matriculated to Loyola Marymount University, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies and Elementary Education in 1986 and a Master’s degree in School Administration in 1991.
Anne married Rob Palmer in 1989, and they raised their three children Johnny, Jake, and Gracie in the Westchester neighborhood of Los Angeles. In 2015 they moved to Concord, California. Anne enjoyed the natural beauty around their home, including a 200 year-old oak tree, deer, squirrels, and birds.
Anne taught elementary school at Elizabeth Street School in Los Angeles, LaSalle Elementary School in Washington, D.C. and St. Paul the Apostle School in Los Angeles. She also spent many years working for educational publishers, including Addison-Wesley, Great Source, and Perma-Bound Books.
At Perma-Bound she had a personal connection as her father had worked there, and she was able to work with her brothers Tim and John. It was a perfect job for her because she loved to read, cared deeply about literacy, and truly enjoyed helping school librarians choose books for their students.
The most important thing in Anne’s life was family—she loved being a mother and spending time with her husband and kids. She also enjoyed being part of a large extended family and was often the instigator of family fun and games during holiday gatherings.
Anne was loved for her warm smile, welcoming demeanor and positive attitude. Even in the midst of her tough battle with cancer Anne was known to say “I’ve been so blessed in my life.”
She opened her home to others and made them feel like they were part of her family. She had great friends from different phases of her life and deeply treasured her time with them.
Anne was preceded in death by her father, Edmund. She is survived by her mother Raima, her husband Rob, her three children Johnny, Jake, and Gracie, eight siblings Mike, Peggy, Tim, Molly, Eddie, Mimi, John, and Beverly, and many loving nieces and nephews.
Anne will leave a lasting legacy of kindness. If you ask someone who knew her well, or someone who had only known her a short time, they will both likely choose kind as one word that best describes Anne.
In remembrance of Anne Palmer, please perform an act of kindness. It can be random or planned, big or small. Your heart will be warmed and Anne will smile from heaven.