Alice (Robinson) Slack Palmer

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Alice (Robinson) Slack Palmer of Hopkinton, born Mar 1, 1922, passed Jan 9, 2012 from natural causes. She was the wife of William Charles Palmer
II, and is survived by four sons, William Palmer III, Tracy Palmer with wife Deborah, Edward Palmer with wife Angela, Christopher Palmer and Joyce
Pimental and two daughters, Katherine Thompson with husband Wayne, Roxanne Lareau with husband Michel, and twelve grandchildren, Heather, Erin, Jason, Gabriel, Ellen, Melissa, Beckey, Adam, Brian, Jenna, Christopher and Spencer, and thirteen great grand children, as well as siblings
Cornelius (Neil), Tracy, Katherine and Ellen (deceased).

An expert florist who graduated with a degree from Stockbridge School of Horticulture in 1944 - U-Mass Amherst. She grew up in Charlmont,
Massachusetts (Berkshires) the daughter of Tracy B. Slack of Thetford, VT, a land Surveyor for the state of Massachusetts and her mother Nelle
(Swanburg) Slack of Cape Sable, Nova Scotia who was a Boston Simmons College Graduate. Alice and her siblings skied to school from her rural
home in the Berkshires and hid her ski's in the snow for the return trip (uphill both ways I believe she might say).Alice was an accomplished
organist-choir director at Hopkinton Congregationalist and was an Upton United Parish Choir member for many years with her daughter Roxanne and
granddaughter Heather. She was a key "HALT" activist (Hopkinton Against Land Takeover) in stopping the takeover of neighborhoods in Hopkinton,
Ashland, Framingham, and Natick for the construction of a massive supersonic airport in the 1970’s. Alice also led the drive to repair and
install a copper and tile roof on the Hopkinton Library. She also was a Hopkinton cemetery commissioner, worked part time as a "Mothers Helper,"
"Fuller Brush," and as a security guard at Prime Computer. Most importantly she was a homemaker with six children. She began her career as
a florist at Carbones Floral shop in Boston, where she met William Palmer II, who was contracted to perform electrical work. William asked her for
her number and she said "It's in the book." He didn't give up and they were married shortly after. Alice had a great sense of humor and she used to dance around the kitchen and once proclaimed that "your daddy may not rock and roll but your momma does dance." She helped renovate a factory building in Ashland into a home with William and assisted him when he purchased and ran a blacksmith shop in Framingham. Over the years she helped him physically build their home with the help of her five oldest children. Alice spent her time assisting William in all aspects of running his machine and tool shop while encouraging her children in the arts, music, horticulture, needlecraft, and performing magic and illusion. After her husband died, she traveled the United States, Canada and to Europe and saw the Passion Play. Alice died in her own home surrounded by her children and
grandchildren. She will be missed and loved forever.

Services to be held January 14, 2012 at 10:00 AM at United Parish Church in Upton, 1 Church St. where she was a long standing member. Arrangements under the care of Chesmore Funeral Home/a> of Hopkinton.