Lucille Marie (Palmer) Woodward


What a surprise for Kathleen and Ernest Palmer on April 10, 1931. Twin girls born at home! Both grew up, married and lived in Jonesport — sharing a physical and spiritual bond that other twins know.

One special twin, Lucille Marie Palmer Woodward, 90, passed peacefully on Jan. 11, 2022, survived by her husband, Wayne, 93, at 16 Meadow Lane, where they raised a family of three girls and worked together in Woodward Oil Co. Lucille and Wayne celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary this past fall. In her early years, she loved to dance, toboggan, skate, visit Belfast for family weekends and go to “camp.” In her later years, she enjoyed visiting with friends and rides on “barrens.”

Lucille worked as a telephone operator after graduation from Jonesport High School in 1949. She proudly attended alumni festivities as long as she could. After her marriage, she worked in the family business from her home office, became a consummate housekeeper and cook, volunteered for community activities and was an active part of the Fellowship Group at Sawyer Memorial Church. She and her sister mowed and chipped at Evergreen Cemetery in her later years. Lucille and Wayne hosted many family and friend get-togethers and led an active social life into their 80s, developing many friendships that provided stories they loved to tell. For years, she attended her childhood church, Jonesport Wesleyan, and Wayne’s church, Sawyer Memorial, and loved all her church friends. She hosted a weekly Bible study in her home for several years and was a faithful attendee of the Tuesday Night Club that she and close girlfriends formed when their families were young and they needed an opportunity to escape household duties for a couple of hours. She was extremely happy when Downeast Magazine featured the Palmer twins in an article.

Family was number one. Her daughters remember her special recipes — hot biscuits, whoopee pies, date-filled cookies, chess pies, custards, soups, chowders and tuna fish “wiggle.” An accomplished seamstress and wallpaper hanger, Lucille had an uncanny knack for style and neatness, trying her best to impart those “talents” to three girls, whose dad was just as busy try to raise them as “tomboys.” She worried enough about everything from her personal family life to the country to the world, and always remained up on current events. No one could sway her opinion once she had one.

Her daughter Phyllis Merritt, daughter and son-in-law Colleen and James Haskell, son-in-law Wilbur Allen and twin sister Rosalie Carver survive Lucille. Her youngest daughter, Nancy Jane Allen, and her son-in-law Shirley “Pack” Merritt predeceased her, heartbreaking losses that greatly affected her.

Was Lucille proud of her grandchildren and the special people they love? YES! Myra Berry and Michael Berry, Betsy and Matt Lash, Colon and Heather Haskell, Kate and Troy Deporter, Jonathan Allen and Jason Gutierrez, Joseph and Emily Haskell and Clint and Jackie Haskell. They all could tell you a story or two of favorite times spent with “Gram” and her phone “talks” with them!

As the great-grandchildren and the great-greats started to arrive, she was careful to write the information into the family Bible, worrying about accuracy each time — Nancy, Heather, Abby, Sophia, Delaney, Gabe, Evan, Rowan, Phoebe, Max, Murphy, Wyatt and Audrey then Alayna, Barbara, Mileah and Preston.

Many nieces and nephews from two huge family lines remember Auntie or Aunt Lucille and she was proud of them.

What a complete life Lucille led!

Private burial will be at a later date.

The family would like to thank the entire staff of CHCS Home Hospice Care, other caregivers and friends for the assistance that enabled Lucille to stay in her home.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the SMCC Steeple Fund, “Attn. Sharon Hext, P.O. Box 249, Jonesport, ME 04649,” or a charity of your choice.

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