Donna L. Palmer


1945 – 2014

AUBURN — Donna L. Palmer, 69, of Minot, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at The Hospice House in Auburn.

She was born in Hempstead, Long Island, N.Y., on June 13, 1945, the daughter of Fred Ladd and Ruth (Bacon) Ladd. She grew up in Hebron and attended local schools graduating from Mechanic Falls High School, Class of 1963.

In September 1968, she married Paul “Buzz” Palmer, of Minot and together they successfully operated Palmer Construction in Minot, until they retired in 1994. During their marriage, they travelled to Hawaii, Las Vegas, Florida and a cross country road trip to Arizona. Donna had many friends. She enjoyed her family and loved having family gatherings at her home in Minot. She loved her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She loved visiting with them, especially at the annual family Christmas gatherings in Minot. She was very active organizing her class reunion(s) and stayed in touch with many of her high school classmates.

She is survived by her husband, Paul, of Minot; her stepson, Timothy Palmer (wife Vickie) of Anderson, Ind.; her stepdaughter, Wendy Glennon (husband John) of Lakebay, Wash.; grandchildren, Aubree, Amber and John Jr.; and great-grandchildren, Addison and Kendall of Lakebay, Wash.; sister, Sherri Albert (husband Louis), of Portland; sister, Lisa Hemond (husband Peter), of Minot; brother, Earle Ladd (wife Lourdes) of Williston, Fla.; nephews and nieces, Vance Loiselle (wife Carolyn) and children, Jacquelyn and Peter of Duxbury, Mass.; Ethan Loiselle (wife Sarah) and children, Lydia and Hannah of W. Hartford, Conn.; Laura Hemond of Minot; Nathaniel Hemond (wife Amber) and children, Belle and Clay of Topsham; Tristan, Travis and Courtney Ladd of Williston, Fla. She is also survived by her aunt, Evelyn Plourde of Lewiston and her children, Joyce Plourde and Judy Collette (husband Marc) of Lewiston; and her dearest friend, Barbara Barton (husband Dick) of Bradenton, Fla.; as well as many friends and close family members.

She was predeceased by her father and mother, Fred and Ruth Ladd of Minot.

She was instrumental in providing historical artifacts for the Maine State Police museum related to her father’s honorable service as a “Legendary State Trooper” for the state of Maine.

She will be remembered for her great meals and family get-togethers, her dry wit, straight talk, wonderful humor and loving gifts. We will all miss her dearly. Online condolences may be shared with her family at