Darlene L. Palm, age 85, of Mount Vernon, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, June 8, 2023, at Knox Community Hospital.
She was born on July 16, 1937, in McKeesport, PA, the youngest of five children born to the late Clyde and Aurelia (Steimer) Billick. She had lived in Mount Vernon for over 60 yrs.
Darlene was retired from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, where she worked as a dispatcher for nearly 20 yrs. as one of the first women dispatchers in Ohio; and from Mount Vernon Municipal Court where she was a deputy clerk for 14 yrs.
Darlene was a devoted wife, mother, aunt, grandmother and a dear friend. She was especially proud of her grandchildren and had a special connection with her nieces and nephews. She loved to cook, plan family gatherings and have lunch with friends. She was a woman of style, with her red hair, colorful outfits, manicure and coordinated jewelry. She loved to send cards, never forgot a birthday or anniversary and was the go-to person when someone could not remember a date. She enjoyed watching Hallmark movies, shopping on QVC and was a huge fan of the OSU Buckeyes and the Cleveland Guardians. She loved the arts, especially local theater and musical events, going to concerts and Broadway plays in Columbus and reading novels.
Darlene is survived by her husband of nearly 67 years, Gary Palm; her daughter, Pam Palm of Howard; her son, Brian (Jacinda) Palm of Mount Vernon; three grandchildren, Sarah Palm of Denver, Colorado, Abbi (Dakota Moss) Palm of Mount Vernon, and Bradin Palm of Mount Vernon; along with many nieces, nephews, and many, many close friends.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Delmar and Eugene Billick, and two sisters, Dorothy Brothers and Anna Mae Gioia, all of Pennsylvania.
Visitation will be held on Friday, June 16, 2023, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Snyder Funeral Home – Lasater Chapel, 11337 Upper Gilchrist Rd. in Mount Vernon, where a Celebration of Life service will begin at 4:00 p.m. A reception will immediately follow the service in the funeral home’s community room.
Memorial contributions may be made to MTV Arts, 812 Coshocton Ave., PMB 168, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.
To express a condolence to the Palm family, please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com
Funeral home : Snyder Funeral Home – Lasater Chapel
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