Christine Anne Palmer Loved Travel and Music

Christine Anne Palmer of Charlestown and Chappaquiddick died on Oct. 7 following a battle with cancer. The mother of three daughters and a longtime active resident of Wayland, Ms. Palmer was surrounded by her loving family and close friends. She was 60 years old.

Ms. Palmer, a daughter of John and Frances (Beck) Palmer, was born and raised in Huntington, N.Y. She attended Elmira College and Emerson College.

A gregarious and loving mother, mother in law and friend, Ms. Palmer worked at Red Barn Nursery School in Weston for more than 15 years, and most recently at the Childcare Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Ms. Palmer enjoyed spending time with family and friends at her home on Martha's Vineyard. She also enjoyed traveling, both domestically and internationally. She enjoyed art and classical music and was a member of The Boston Symphony Orchestra and The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Friends of City Square Park of Charleston and the National Association for the Education of Young Children. She was a Charlestown Preservation Society volunteer and a member of The Trustees of Reservations and the Chappaquidick Island Association.

Ms. Palmer is survived by her three daughters, Sabrena Ellen Tufts of New York, N.Y., Meghan Lawrence Tufts of Charlestown and Amy Rowena Tufts of Boston, as well as her sister, Ruth Palmer of Carroll, Ohio.

Her family held a private graveside service on Oct. 13 at the New Westside Cemetery in Edgartown. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the First Parish Church in Wayland.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Ms. Palmer's memory to The Trustees of Reservations (Attn: Jen Daly, 572 Essex Street, Beverly, MA 01915) or to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445), in Christine Palmer's memory for colon cancer research.