Megan Palmer

April 29th, 1981 - January 8th, 2022

2000-01-01 - 2000-01-01

Biography


Megan passed away January 8 in Midland at her parents after a short battle with cancer. Megan found she had a tumor on her liver on Dec 6, did several rounds of chemo starting 12/28 but it was too far along and too aggressive to beat. Her family decided to move her to hospice care Thursday at their home. She was surrounded by the love of the family and friends that came around.


Articles:


https://thelivingstonpost.com/community-mourning-loss-of-megan-palmer/


https://whmi.com/news/article/youth-substance-use-prevention-advocate-passes-away


A tribute from Megan's friend Kate:


A Loss Not Lost


How do you say goodbye to one of your dearest friends?


You don't.


You stand by their bedside and say, "I'll see you tomorrow."


It wasn't a lie even though your bed was empty the next morning.


I see you in my mind and hear you in my thoughts.


I see you in our friends as we talk.


I see you in your parents, in photographs, in memories.


I see you in the water and the waves.


I saw you in the candy store as I looked at champagne bubbles and bought a handful of them for us to share.


I'll see you in the color red.


I'll see you in water slides and stacks of quilts.


I'll see you in sappy movies


And on Trails you wouldn't generally walk.


I'll see you in floating docks


And round tables.


I'll see you in a well stocked bar


And in glasses with blobs of color on them.


I'll continue to see you in sparkling grape juice


And in packs of chocolate chip cookie dough.


I'll continue to see you in cups of tea, Jones Soda, ice skates, little Hills, chopsticks and fortune cookies.


You will dine with us every time we have tuna steaks.


This is not really "Goodbye."


I'll see you later.


Donations


If you are wanting to donate money in Megan’s memory, we’d like to suggest Pretty Lake Camp. Meg worked at Pretty Lake for some summers when she was attending WMU. She loved what the camp stood for and could be accomplished with kids in a week.


Pretty Lake Camp


9123 Q Ave. W Mattawan, MI 49071


100 Years of Changing Childhoods Since 1916, Pretty Lake Camp has provided a totally free summer camp for more than 50,000 youth in the Kalamazoo County area who could benefit the most from the experience. No family pays to attend this nonprofit camp and everything is provided for them – from toothbrushes to clothing to transportation. Pretty Lake relies on financial and in-kind donations from friends, donors and foundations to help support our core mission; to provide life-changing experiences through free summer camp and experiential learning. Our vision is that experiences at Pretty Lake will build stronger communities and a more just, inclusive and compassionate world. Our future goals are to enhance our educational component and reduce generational poverty. Pretty Lake also provides the community with year round services such as facilities rentals and programming through the Adventure Centre, as one of Southwest Michigan’s leaders in providing outdoor team building and leadership training.

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About

Name Megan Palmer
Date of Birth April 29th, 1981
Date of Death January 8th, 2022
Home Town Midland, MI, US 
Other City Ann Arbor, MI, US 
Interests Social Work, Culinary
In Memoriam Donation Pretty Lake Camp
Milestone

Milestones

2003 Western Michigan University
2006 University of Michigan
2006 - 2009 Volunteer Coordinator, Food Gatherers
2009 New England Culinary Institute
2009 - 2012 Case Manager, The Connection Youth Services
2012 - 2017 Drug Free Communities Project Coordinator, Barry County Community Mental Health Authority
2017 - 2021 Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator, Livingston County Catholic Charities

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Randall published a tribute .

“BROWNIES!” my wife’s eyes got as big as beignets from her native land, “BEST IN THE WORLD!” And if you can get a native of France to pronounce such a title on your culinary creation – you are indeed EXTRAORDINARY.
Such is our memory of Megan – EXTRAORDINARY - for many reasons on many levels.
Meagan had the incredible ability to meet you – right where you were – with true understanding and invested empathy in case you ever needed to meet her where she was in that caring, giving, guiding, compassionate place she resided.
Megan also had the uncanny gift of sizing up a person to wit she “hired” my 6’7” 300 lbs professional mechanic brother to repair her chef level mixer and his salary was… MEGAN’S INCREDIBLE BROWNIES!! They both won in that exchange.
One of my fondest memories of Megan was a Wednesday night grilling at the Hastings Skatepark and HER eyes lit up for the generous gift someone had made of split top buns for my burnt hotdogs! It was like Christmas morning for her…but her joy was short-lived as she witnessed a number of our young skaters/riders approaching the grill with fistfuls of dough – because they had never seen a split top bun before and were mangling them... Megan to the rescue! And after a short culinary seminar everyone was on the same page munching away happily.
I also chaperoned a 24 hour youth “lock-in” with Megan and as they all played 5 on 5 hoop I simply wandered to the other end of the court and was doing a solitary shoot around. Megan sensed my longing to “run the court” but also realized my wisdom in abstaining, so she kept me company and sunk more than a few shots herself – I appreciated that – a lot.
So in a world which measures success in what and how much we can consume, I give thanks for a spirit like Megan who clearly scaled her accomplishments but how much she served. Our world was a much better place for her having moved, lived, and loved in it.

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apologies: "...by how much she served."

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Mom published a comment .

Thank you for those great stories

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Debby Palmer published a tribute .

Megan rocking a Halloween costume. Fun, fun, fun!

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Debby Palmer published a tribute .

Cousins in the MHS band on their way to a parade. Meg and Sam Dyste

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Sandy May Fireoved published a tribute .

After reading many of the tributes I feel like I know Megan better. What a blessing she was to countless people. She had a servant’s heart. Know that Ralph and I continue to hold you and Tom in our prayers and thoughts.

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Karen Cook Thompson Swords published a tribute .

Debby, my dear, I'm reading all these wonderful tributes to your beautiful Megan. It appears from reading these that her heart was just as big as her mama's. I know you are so proud of what she accomplished in her short life. I'm heartbroken for your loss and have nothing to say that could possibly make it better. Love you lots, I'm thinking of you.

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Teresa Smith published a tribute .

I just learned of Megan's passing and wanted to offer my condolences to her friends and family. I didn't know Megan very well... I guess you could say we were business associates and met periodically to work on current projects. However, even in the little amount of time that I spent with her, I could tell she was an amazing woman filled with passion. Megan's friendly, non-judgmental personality made her very approachable and easy to like. I will remember her fondly. To Megan's friends and family: I'm so sorry for your loss.

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Julie Arnold published a tribute .

Megan was such a dear and loyal friend. I loved our pad thai lunches, emoji's during meetings, frequent chats and spending time with her around our bon fires. She was a pillar in our community and such an advocate for our youth. Rest in peace Megan, you will be missed.

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Kara Frazier published a tribute .

I'm so sorry to hear about Megan's passing. We had so many great sleepovers, walks to school, and trick or treating adventures. Not to mention hours in the basement playing with barbies. She taught me the joy of cheesy popcorn, for which I am ever thankful. I remember her being very determined, and after reading about what she accomplished it sounds like she used that to make an profound impact on so many lives. Way to go Megan! You will be missed.

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Nancy (Frazier) Smith published a tribute .

Debie and Tom, my heart is broken for you, suffering this loss, so devastating beyond compare. Megan always had such a strong personality it doesn't surprise me to lesrn what a wonderful influence she had on others. As Kara said, she turned into an "awesome badass." Thinking of you both, and sending my deepest condolences.

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Tanya Westphal published a tribute .

Humans like Hollywood should be granted multiple lifetimes. I've attempted to fathom the number of other humans she has smiled at, melted their hearts and helped them find hope when they thought there was none. Each time, I find myself quickly overwhelmed. If we added up all of our fingers and toes, it would not even come close to the number of humans Hollywood has positively impacted.
I feel she has presented a challenge to me. She has inspired me to strive to offer support to the same amount of humans as she has. Meanwhile, it feels like even 50% is a lofty goal compared to Hollywood's offerings to others.
She taught me soooooo much. I am forever grateful for her presence in my life.
-Tanya/Ole

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Debby Palmer published a comment .

Thank you Tanya, sweet girl

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Elly Shaw-Belblidia published a tribute .

I never had the pleasure of meeting Megan, but I have known her mom my entire life. She contributed to so many people's lives. Reading all of these tributes to Megan, I see what a rich and wonderful life she had and how much she will be missed.

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Melissa Dyste published a tribute .

Megan's kindness and love for food overwhelmed me the other day as I was making California rolls for my family. About 18 years ago, we were at a family Christmas at Jim and Ann's home. Megan was making "made to order" California rolls. I was in awe. I asked if she would teach me and without hesitation she agreed. Megan carefully showed me each step as I frantically wrote it down. I still have and use that recipe today, which has become a regular and favorite dinner at our house. Thank you, Megan for sharing your love of food with me so that I can share it with my boys ❤️

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Debby Palmer published a comment .

Spreading the love of food and using the food to build community was a passion of Meg’s. Glad you are still making them

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Aunt Sue published a tribute .

I love this photo! Megan has her cousins Sam and Ben serving in her court!!! Princess Megan is center stage with subjects Sam in green and Ben in maroon. She clearly is in charge. I had to search through about 10 photo albums to find it. Super super cute.

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Debby Palmer published a comment .

I love that one too, Sue! Thanks for finding it

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Cricket (Christy Clark) published a tribute .

I’ve known Megan (Hollywood) since we were both 16, working at Camp Oak Hills. Several summers there created a lifelong friendship and some of my most memorable experiences both at camp and outside it too. While
life eventually took us different directions, we managed to always stay in touch, connecting as often as we could. I will always remember our breaks down at the waterfront or the campfire, the swims across the lake, our drive to Pensacola, then later Myrtle Beach (so glad you quit there right away!!), that kick boxing class she made me try and our attempt at “jogging” in the mornings. Her family treated me always as family. She was a loyal friend, encouraging and supportive, and a listening ear often when I needed it most. Gone far too soon, she will be missed dearly. Love you Hollywood <3

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Glendorah Lawrence published a comment .

Deb and Tom, prayers are with you now, as you say goodbye, as you pause and remember, and as you release Megan, who was loved here on earth to an even greater love beyond. Please know that you are being thought of during this difficult time. I love you.

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Amy Buell published a tribute .

I have started and stopped several entries here. I have felt a bit like an interloper, that my words would seem exaggerated when compared to those who knew Megan for years or decades or her whole life. I decided, though, that Megan had that affect on folks. She drew people to her. Megan and I had a shared love of 90's pop culture and adventurous food...though she was far more adventurous than me. I am sad for myself, that I will not have the chance to be a long time friend. I am sad for the community, that it has lost such a capable and devoted advocate. I am devastated for those who did know Megan longer, those who now have a far bigger Megan-shaped gap in their hearts than I but who also were counting on so much more time, especially her parents. I am and always will be for what space and time in Megan's world I occupied. I hope it brought her the same relief to vent about work together as it did me and that she had as many genuine laughs as I did. Her light and love will carry forward through many of you here and many others she touched personally and professionally. But I'm gonna stay mad that science wasn't fast enough to give all of us the benefit of her for much longer.

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Sue Rubin published a tribute .

To Megan's family,
I did not know Megan well, but recently met her thru the CAP board (I am also a member) and from the Youth Connection where I had done some training. Her spirit and devotion to help others have a better life was her driving force. She will be missed greatly, but her spirit lives on.
May peace and comfort be with you.

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Sheriff Mike Murphy published a tribute .

I first met Megan when she worked for Connection Youth Services. I stayed in contact with her while she worked in Barry County, and of course when she came back to the county to work for Catholic Charities.

I can't recall a person that I have ever met, that was more genuine, and passionate than Megan. She touched countless lives in a positive way. Her fingerprints and "ripple effect" will live on forever and pay dividends that we will never know.

She leaves a legacy that people twice her age could not accomplish. Well done my good and faithful servant !! Rest in Peace Megan

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Jan Neuenfeldt published a tribute .

This is a photo of my friend.. Megan Palmer, who lost her very short battle with liver cancer on January 8th. This smiling photo of her was from Thanksgiving weekend, before her rapid decline. I met Megan when she was about 7 years old through my friendship with her mother. Being born premature, she fought for life from day one. I distinctly remember trying to talk her out of her career choice of being a social worker. I argued that it would be heart-wrenching, making very little money. I was taken back by how assured the young girl was with her decision to help others. The soft-spoken girl went on to work for the poor and those dismissed by society. When I visited her the week after her diagnosis, I was shocked to see her sitting at the kitchen table working- trying to locate a relative to rehome displaced children. After learning of her tragic news, she was still working to help others. She embraced me with a hug and greeted me with a smile, as though she was there to comfort me. I reflect back on her life and realize that she was put here on earth to teach us about humanity- about serving others, without judgement and without reward. If we all had a small piece of her goodness, what a better world this would be. I am sure she has a special place in heaven. God Bless Megan’s parents in the loss of their only child. No one should have to bury a child. God Bless the Palmer family. Remember Megan's goodness forever!

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Michaele Malecki published a tribute .

Dear Deb and Tom, I’m so very sorry. Reading all the memories, she’s truly remarkable. We should all be so lucky to have a friend like Megan—she lived life full-tilt making friends everywhere she went. Holding your family in our hearts.

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B.b. published a tribute .

Thoughts and prayers to family, friends, and anyone who was fortunate to meet Megan. She was insightful and always helpful in assisting others in discovering their own potential. She will be missed.

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Mark Robinson published a tribute .

I first met Megan when she worked at the Connection and she joined many of the LCCA activities. Then she went to Barry County for a job that really provided her with a new professional challenge. I was thrilled when she returned to Livingston County and joined the Substance Abuse Prevention Team here at LCCC. She quickly became a well-liked and well-respected Coworker. Then, she became the Program Director. Megan excelled in this role and led local prevention efforts to transition when Covid hit. Megan's energy and creativity kept the substance abuse prevention efforts moving forward at a difficult time.

I will very much miss Megan's passion to her work and to the other values that she had to make her corner of the world a more just place for everyone. Megan was a gift to us at LCCC, the LCCA and to our community.

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Jayne Eaton published a comment .

I worked with Megan at Barry County Community Mental Health. We shared a love for food

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Jane Kuehne published a comment .

I am so sorry to have learned of Megan's passing. I never met Megan, but reading the comments from so many of her friends gave me an idea what she was like--what a fun, unique, loving person! Debby, my prayers of comfort are offered to you, Tom, and the rest of Megan's family and friends.

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Mom published a tribute .

Meg and I went to Ann Arbor on December 14th. She wanted to clean out her fridge, get her mail, stop her mail, take a couple of zoom meetings, and renew her library card. We were all full of hope and looking forward. My strong, beautiful, happy, smart daughter. I love her. I will love her always

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Emerson / Becky Thomas King published a comment .

Strong, beautiful, happy, smart - yes all the way around. Sending you COH love & many camp songs, tight hugs like Hollywood always gave & lots of Chemic Pride. We’re all stunned & heartbroken.

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Kathy Pressnell published a comment .

My fondest Memory of sweet Megan was my sister Marilyn & I went to her parents on Christmas Eve, about 10 years ago & Megan & made sure we had a gift and gave us each a homemade bar of soap made by " Megan" RIP Sweetie♥♥♥

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Bruce Estes published a comment .

With her last breath Megan smiled.

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Jayne Eaton published a comment .

Megan was one of a kind! I will miss her dearly. I am very fortunate to have known her and will think of her fondly when I make pumpkin rolls, drink a beer at the bar, make sauerkraut, eat bacon ( cause bacon makes everything better), every time I eat something for the first time ( she fed me stuff I would have never dreamed of). I am so thankful I was able to experience some of Megan’s world.

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Patti Falconer published a tribute .

My heart aches due to the loss of my dear friend. But she will live on with the blessing of cherished memories. She enriched mine and so many others lives. Always supportive with encouraging words and actions. Fun, fun, fun Megan was a great activity planner! We had so many great and fun adventures, with the exception of swimming laps at 6 am on a winter morning, cold air, cold pool and a cold me with a lack of buoyancy. But it resulted in hearing that wonderful laugh of hers, you know the one that keeps going and is so infectious. I will always love and thank her for being a part of my life.

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Evelyn Lipowitz published a comment .

Such an outpouring of love, Deb and Tom. Take full advantage of tributes to Megan. May you be comforted. Evelyn L.

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Anne From Anne's Health Foods In Hastings published a tribute .

Megan used to live a few buildings down from our store. She came in often. We made a great facebook post with one of her shopping trips.

"That's a customer dedicated to not using bags! Megan had too many groceries to carry home in her pockets so we sent her with a crate we had around.

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Anne published a comment .

We missed her after she moved away. Her aunt Katie would keep us up to date after she moved. Megan was a super fun, super nice person and we're so sorry for her families loss.

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Kylee Page published a tribute .

Reading all of your memories has painted such an accurate picture of ‘everything Megan.’ I have laughed and cried reading all these entries. I have wanted to leave a memory of Megan but my mind and heart have been struggling to accept this devastating news and words have been eluding me. It is clear that she was so so so special to all of us. We were so blessed to know Megan and the world is definitely not as bright without her.

I was fortunate enough to work with Megan at Barry County CMH. My work days were better because of her. I appreciated her ‘sanity walks’ that brought her to my office. She would surprise me with home fermented kimchee and quirky gifts from Archie McPhee. I still have all her inspirational cards on my board in my office. We all loved and benefited from her celebration of all the random food holidays, making dips and appetizers and glorified grilled cheeses at work (ps, who knew arugula and pesto would be so damn good on a grilled cheese??) She did sort of push it one time with the SPAM sliders, but I went along with it because she had yet to steer me wrong. It was the only time I have ever eaten SPAM and there isn’t another person on this planet who could make it look so adorable and yummy with cheese, bread and a toothpick. It only took her 2 full work days to convince me to try goat cheese. I wasn’t a fan, but she laughed her hilarious squeaky cough laugh so it was worth it. She made up for it with introducing me to eating a slice of sharp cheddar cheese on a thin slice of tart apple, and to this day that is a favorite of mine.

It didn’t take long for us to build a friendship that extended beyond the reaches of work. I remember attending a jewelry party at her apartment above the insurance company in Hastings. No party would have been complete without us all coming early to help her make homemade wontons, well, I mean without us all coming early to drink beer while Megan made wontons and we watched in amazement. Then later her gifting me a bracelet that made her itchy because her skin was sensitive to everything on the planet.

I remember her and I driving from Hastings to Lake Odessa to pick up lunch because everyone knows Chee Peng has the best Chinese food. Our mutual love for lo mein ran deep. I always looked forward to our dinner dates when she would house sit for Katy and Bruce in Lake Odessa, my home town. Most recently we were able to have dinner and drinks at Buddy’s in Lake O. I will cherish that memory forever.

We helped Megan moved out of that apartment above the insurance company in Hastings. She wasn’t able to fit all her furniture at her new place, so my husband and I brought all the extra stuff to her parent’s home. In meeting Meg’s parents, it was evident how Megan was such a phenomenal human. They are the same way. After unloading the trailer, Megan’s mom made us bread and we sat and visited while my daughter played marbles. I felt like I had known them for a lifetime as well.

Mom and Dad Palmer, my heart is shattered and I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you feel all the supportive vibes being sent your way during this difficult time. I can say without any sort of hesitation that I am a better person because of your daughter and thank you for gifting her to the world, if only for a short time.

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Deanna Capps published a tribute .

Megan was my very best friend in early elementary school. We were always together until I moved from Midland to the Detroit area and even then we would try to get together now and then up until I went away to college. We were in Girl Scouts together, went camping together, took swim classes and I spent lots of time in her home and with her family. I remember the day we went to get her ears pierced. After they did the first one she totally freaked out and wouldn't let them do the second. She spent the whole afternoon with only one earing. Then at the end of the day we went back and she finally decided to let them do the second one. It took me many years before I was willing to get my own ears pierced after that day, though she kept trying to tell me afterwards that it really wasn't that bad.

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Deanna Capps published a comment .

Megan and her family nurtured my quirky creative side. I am sad that we had lost touch and wish we had more time. I cherish the memories and time we shared so long ago. -"Consuela Dombrowsky" (Deanna Donn Capps)

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Megan Vaccaro published a tribute .

I worked with Megan at Livingston County Catholic Charities and we were known as "the two Megan's." She was Megan P, and I was Megan V. You can imagine some of the funny mistakes that would happen with voicemails and messages. We shared many laughs as many of my clients would walk into her office instead of mine and say simply, "oops!" as they made their way one more door down. She would look up and smile every time. She was an amazing person and knew how to make people laugh. The last day I saw her, she was on a zoom meeting and I went quietly into her office to give her a fidget toy that she had been talking about. As I was walking out, I heard her yell, "this is the best gift ever! The other Megan just gave me this!" I went back into my office smiling because I knew she was smiling. I will miss my friend dearly.

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Donna Garrison published a tribute .

Sending love and prayers to all of you. I was lucky enough to spend time with Megan both with Katie and Bruce, and when she helped out at the Free Clinic. Whenever I saw her, I knew big smiles and lots of laughter were on the way. The world is better for her presence, even though it was much too short. She was such a light.

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Shelley Huntley-Hills published a tribute .

Deb and Tom, you are both in my thoughts and prayers. Am heartbroken for your loss of Megan.

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Kimberly Graor published a tribute .

I wanted to share nice article in the Livingston Post today about Megan: https://thelivingstonpost.com/community-mourning-loss-of-megan-palmer/

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Annette Donn published a tribute .

Even though I haven't seen you for quite a while, my heart is broken today. I am very proud of the kind and caring woman you grew up to be. We always enjoyed the times you spent with out family. We all love you. R.I.P. Honey.

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Amy Johnston published a tribute .

I received this poem in the mail on Friday and it seemed so timely. It also gives me a little peace to think of Megan being welcomed by those who have gone before her. I loved her humor, and passion, and dedication to our community. In November (the last time I saw Megan in person), Megan and Hayley gave me a feel better present because I had been so stressed out. It was so unexpected and kind - just like she was to all. I will miss you dearly, my friend. I know you are only gone from my sight for now.

Gone From My Sight
I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side, spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.
Then, someone at my side says, "There, she is gone."
Gone where?
Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast, hull, and spar as she was when she left my side. And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.
Her diminished size is in me -- not in her.

And, just at the moment when someone says, "There, she is gone,"
there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, "Here she comes!"
And that is dying...

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Katy published a comment .

One of my favorite too

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Kara Felder published a tribute .

Megan and I worked together at Barry County CMH. As I was starting my journey there, she was ending hers. During that time, she lovingly showed me the ropes of prevention. She shared fun tips, too, like the best local coffee shops. She introduced me to Pho and Kimchi and continued to share recipes, books, and podcasts and anything she thought I might be interested in even years after working together. She had a gift for making people feel seen and special just for being who they are. She was a huge advocate for community and her life became an expression of all the people she made feel connected and loved. Megan, you will be missed by all the people lucky enough to have known you. Cheers, friend!
Photo circa 2017. We were trying to come up with fun ways to remind youth to attend our youth group! *Egg Roll your way to the meeting tonight!* I can hear her laugh when I look at this picture.

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Butterfly published a tribute .

Hollywood (we only used camp names) passed away this past weekend.

She was one of a kind. Even as a teenager she loved herself and her uniqueness and invited those around her to love themselves and embrace their own uniqueness. Not a small feat in awkward adolescence and young adulthood!

She wanted to change the world and she did so one person at a time, fixing any problem she could, even before you saw it yourself. When I was 18 I told her my lifeguarding certification was expiring but it was ok because I didn’t need it. She was appalled. The next thing I knew she was on the phone, then we were in the car, and suddenly at a pool. She convinced her friend, teaching lifeguarding, to test me. Bam! I was re-certified. And that certification was how I paid for my associates degree. I will be forever grateful.

In the words of one of our most beloved camp songs:
Have you ever seen the sunrise turn the sky completely red?
Have you sat beneath the moon and stars with a pine bough o’er your head?
Can you sit and talk with friends
Though a word is never said?
Then your just like me and you’ve been on the loose.

Hollywood, I am so thankful I got to be on the loose with you, even for a moment. You will forever be missed. -Butterfly

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Rob Lasovage published a tribute .

I met the Palmer's half a lifetime ago when I moved in next door. They were great neighbors in a great neighborhood. Megan was always actively engaged in something social... swimming, camp, volunteering, cooking with company, and more. She brought personality and spirit to everything, even the car she called "Old Blue" or whatever the color happened to be. She had heart and kindly helped me to rehome countless chipmunks to better places away from foundations and Weber the cat. We moved away a few years ago and don't get back often enough. I last saw Megan on a warm summer day when we gathered on the Palmer's back deck beside the peaceful koi pond surrounded by a hosta and fern garden. It was always the spot for good conversation and great company, and that day was no exception as we talked with Megan about the work she loved and a pending move to Ann Arbor. I hope to return to that garden at the next opportunity to recenter and cherish things dear, especially Megan. Much love to Deb and Tom in the meantime -- Rob, Sue & Meilin

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Cathy Devendorf published a tribute .

Deb and Tom-Thinking of you at this difficult time- Megan was a great Chippewa Nature Center Homestead Volunteer during her middle school and high school years. I also remember her during her years at Carpenter, Central Middle School and Midland High when she was in school with my sons. I will keep your family in my prayers at this challenging time.

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Joanna Karner published a tribute .

I am so very sorry to hear this devastating news. I met Megan at the SUD workgroup while I was working at Livingston County CMH. The brief time I spent with her left an impression on me. She was so kind, smart and funny. She could always put people at ease. This is so unfair. Much love and positive vibes to her friends and family. I hope you can find some comfort in all the ways she made a positive impact in this world.

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Jamie Thacker published a tribute .

I met Megan about four years ago when she started working at Livingston County Catholic Charities. The first thing that I realized was that she was wicked smart, she was my 'go to' for technology problems! No matter what, she would take the time to help. From there, I found out she that she was hilarious, loyal, and caring. I really admired her authenticity, such an incredible spirit... I can't believe she is gone....I will miss her. This photo was taken on November 10, 2021 at a Habitat event in Howell. It was a fun luncheon.

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Scott Vanepps published a tribute .

I had the privilege of working with Megan on the Livingston County for Youth committee (LC4Y). She was a strong advocate for youth. Megan's leadership, concern for others, and "can do" spirit will be greatly missed. We can feel inspired by what she accomplished.

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Liz Lenz published a tribute .

I want to share this photo, too. Megan and I traveled to Washington DC, in December 2014, for a DFC Grantee Conference. We were able to sightsee a bit, on Sunday, December 7, 2014. We came upon a Pearl Harbor Ceremony at the World War II Memorial, just shortly after this photo was taken. We stood together, outside, and watched the ceremony as Pearl Harbor veterans were honored. Megan cared so deeply for others.

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Liz Lenz published a tribute .

Oh, My Dear Beautiful Megan! Hearts are heavy here in Barry County, as well as in every other place you went. You made the world a better, wackier, more interesting place. You taught me more than you will ever know. Someone famous once said, "I am a part of all that I have met". You are definitely a part of this community in Barry County, and in Livingston County, too. I am so proud of you and all that you always did to help others, to find joy, to find laughter (the kind that is not at anyone's expense), and to value the Underdog. I am not ready to live in a world without Megan Palmer in it. I pledge to work harder now, for you. Thank you for leaving a piece of you with me. Raspberry Beret, always.

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Stacey Youngs published a tribute .

I met Megan several years ago, we spent a few minutes together every week at one point. I adored her! I could not wait to see her and hear her laugh. Megan had a way to always get me laughing no matter the kind of day it was.
I cannot imagine your family and close friends loss. My prayers and positive wishes for healing are with you all as you navigate this time with our her! Her JOY was contagious and infectious! Sending all those who mourn light and peace.

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Bill Niemeyer published a tribute .

I met Megan about three years ago after retiring. I volunteered to help the Reality Tour Drug Education project for Livingston County families. Megan was hard working, committed advocate for families, and had a wealth of knowledge. She will be missed very much but she leaves behind a strong example of how we can make an positive impact in our community. THANK YOU Megan God be with you and your family.

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Joyce Michaels published a tribute .

Megan will very much be missed. It was an honor to know her. She lived her life fully and with such gusto. She sure made our world a better place. Megan made anyone she knew feel seen and loved.

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Tina Eckert published a comment .

Joyce couldn't have said it better. She was always fun to chat with. I enjoyed getting to know her during my time at PD. What a lovely person she was. Rest in Peace Meg

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Sandra Parker published a comment .

I am speechless, and that’s rare for me, you finally got me to shut up. I’m so sorry. I am glad I got the opportunity to drive you crazy for the last 4 years and you know I’m probs going to be totally lost without you. I promise you Megan I will carry on your fight in Prevention and try to do it to your standard, but you know I ain’t as wicked smart as you, but I won’t stop working at it in Livingston County. Rest easy,
Signed, Ms. Parker

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Chris Max published a comment .

Christine & I had the honor of hanging with Megan many years ago while in Kalamazoo. Wonderful, wonderful spirit with such a zest for life! They say your legacy is built on how you make people feel & Megan was born with that gift. Her spirit lives on in all she touched.

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Cindy Preston published a tribute .

I got to know Megan serving alongside her on the Suicide Awareness Initiative. She was a force for good, and although she had changed jobs, I considered her a friend. I didn’t know about her cancer, and her death is a shock. I feel so very sad for her family! Her zest for life was unique, and I can still picture her with her infused water cup and hear her voice as if she were commenting on something with her dry humor! Cheers my friend, you are gone too soon.

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Jennifer Sigsworth published a tribute .

Megan and I were friends in high school and all of my memories of her involve us laughing about something. She made algebra class fun, which is no easy feat. To her family, I am so sorry for your loss. Megan was one of the kindest, most upbeat, optimistic, funniest, and determined people I’ve met and it’s no surprise that she dedicated her career to helping others. She will be missed but not forgotten.

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Jamie Nicholson/the Dance Project published a tribute .

Megan leaves a legacy of healing and hope in our community. Her dedication to providing healthy environments for teens and families was second to none. She broke the mold. The work Megan has done will impact generations for years to come. It was a joy to be in her presence.

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Deirdre Van Liere published a tribute .

I remember when Megan found out I was going to WMU. She told me all the places to visit and places to stay away from. I’m having a Den pop in your honor tonight! Still as delicious as the first time I tried but not nearly as cheap as it was 10 years ago! You sure will be missed!

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Gabrielle Starr published a tribute .

I was a volunteer at food gatherers with Megan in Ann Arbor many moons ago. We always volunteered on mondays and then went to Seva for margaritas after. Everyone dreads mondays, but I ALWAYS looked forward to those mondays and spending time in the kitchen and after with Megan. She even gave me one of the salt dishes that bars use for margaritas as a graduation gift, so thoughtful. Always was! Sending love xxx

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Miller Kimberly published a tribute .

I am so terribly saddened by this news. I worked at the State of Michigan and partnered with Megan many times on different projects. She was so kind and funny! To her parents I hope you can have solace in the fact that your daughter was one of the best and she will be missed by many! God Bless you Megan. ❤️

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Sarah Mcgeorge published a tribute .

I have had the pleasure of working with Megan. She was a great colleague and boss. She was also a great friend. She was so knowledgeable about food and helped me when I had to make some lifestyle changes. She made sure everyone was taken care of and would help out even when she was busy. I cannot believe she is gone. I am so grateful to have known her and have learned so much from her. She did such great work in Livingston County. We have lost a great preventionist and advocate for youth. We will miss you so much Megan. Work will not be the same.

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Michelle Fox published a tribute .

I cannot believe I am reading this right now. Megan Palmer was a good college friend of mine. She took me on a trips up north and we did habitat
For humanity trips and events together.
I cannot believe this. We lost a beautiful soul.

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Julie published a tribute .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xb8IVt2keCc

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Mak published a tribute .

I have know Meg all her life. Some may not know she was 1 pound 13 ounce. Her dad made a song for her and would sing it to her in the Hospital. She was full of life and truly lived her beliefs. I has the opportunity to live with Meg and her family when she was little. We called her littlest. She had the biggest heart.

When she worked in Hastings we had the privilege of having her come for a weekend or dinner or just stopping by. The world is. little dimmer with out her and our

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Julie published a comment .

Megan, you have enriched our lives and it is truly a loss to your work family, the youth and parents in Livingston County and all who interacted with you as well as your family and friends. You brought so much joy, passion, and light to everything you touched. In your memory and honor we have made a little video of the many memories we have of your time with us at LCCC. Thank you for totally giving of yourself. May you rest in peace until we meet again. Loving hugs and prayers for your parents and family. Thank you for gifting us your Megan!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xb8IVt2keCc

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Laura Taylor published a tribute .

February 22,2022 (2/22/22) is National Margarita Day. One of the many “National Days” Megan loved to celebrate. I will drink a toast to you my friend.

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Laura Taylor published a tribute .

I worked with Megan at Barry County Mental Health. Through our love of coffee, we soon became friends. Megan was so spirited. She was passionate about life and used every opportunity to enjoy it. I admired that in her and will miss the energy and joy she radiated. My sympathy to her parents and other family. My heart breaks for you all. I hope we can all try to live and laugh as Megan did at every opportunity. She would love that. Rest in God’s Peace my coffee friend.

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Brandon Murphy published a tribute .

I met Megan in 2002 at Western Michigan University when I joined Habitat For Humanity at Kanley Chapel. Megan was very welcoming and such a wonderful person, she will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

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Jennifer Edler published a tribute .

Debbie & Tom- so very sad to hear of Megan's passing! My thoughts and prayers to you! Keep your daughter's wonderful memories close to your heart!

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David Bowbeer published a tribute .

I am saddened to learn of Megan’s passing. We worked together at Connection in Howell. She tolerated me being the FNG. I remember many good times laughing at the drop in center over 10 years ago and pondering how to effectively help at-risk teenagers. We solidly ruled out Yanni music as an effective tool beyond clearing out the room. We kept in touch on occasion to reminisce and continue to laugh about one of our favorite skits on MadTV, Can I Get Your Number? Quoting lines like “The back of your head is ridiculous!” May her sweet spirit live on in the hearts of those who knew and appreciated her. Prayers for her family and lasting impact the lives of others she served in the helping profession. God’s peace in this time of sorrow!

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Sherry Max published a tribute .

My favorite memories of Meg is when her and Deb would come over on Friday night. It had to be 5 and she would have some cool food concoction or a drink she had tried. Out last fun drink was lemon chellos but she says wait we need to add vodka. So fun. She was always willing to be adventurous. She was her mothers daughter. Too short of a life. She will be missed.

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Holly Carter published a comment .

I met Megan while working at LCCC. We have the same birthday, so we connected pretty fast. While her time on our planet was cut short, the legacy she left included; love, respect and dignity for all people, and tireless work for her cause which sparked a passion in all that she met. I will miss you and think of you often. XOXOX

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Mary Kay Ohearn published a tribute .

I did not know Megan well, but knew from stories Deb shared that she was a caring, smart, adventurous woman. My thoughts and prayers are with both of you Deb and Tom.

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Sheryl Mcclure published a tribute .

Debbie and Tom. I am so sadden to hear of Megan’s passing. May your memories comfort you during this time of heartbreak. Thinking of you.

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Jeff Babin published a tribute .

Deb and Tom I am so sadden for your loss. You two will be in our family’s thoughts and prayers.

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Terry Murray published a tribute .

RIP my friend. You have been called home way to soon, Megan your legacy will live on in Livingston county for the great things you have done in our community, amongst our youth and for prevention. It truly has been my pleasure and honor to have worked and known a young lady who cared for so many. My sincerest sympathies Mr & Mrs Palmer.

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Kathy Weaver published a tribute .

Deb and Tom - I am heartbroken for you. My deepest deepest sympathy.

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Norma Chapman published a comment .

Debbie / Tom : I am so so sad and heartbroken for your loss of Megan. Megan, and you both will be in my thoughts and prayers for tranquility and acceptance. May megan rest in peace.

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Beth Newman published a tribute .

We have lost a shining star in our life! I could always count on Megan for a smile, a quirky face, support but most importantly love and understanding! Her passion for raising people up was her true gift! I am going to miss her amazing heart and listening ear! I am going to miss you Megan! The pain your family is enduring is insurmountable and the emptiness all of us feel goes beyond anything words can express! Rest in peace my friend!

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Carrie Graul published a tribute .

I am so sorry that they world lost Megan so soon. We were very close in high school on the swim team and she was always my pal in gym class. She was the kindest of the kind and had a great sense of humor. Even though we didn't see much of eachother after high school I thought about her often with foundness. I will really miss her. She was an awesome friend.

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Becca K published a tribute .

My heart is saddened to know that my friend has been taken from me, and everyone too soon. However I know without a doubt she is in a better place and watching over all of her friends and family shinning down on us.
I met Megan years ago. I was a bartender at the time and enjoyed making up drinks and her being my guinea pig. Megan truly taught me a different way to enjoy life. Megan was full of adventure and getting me out of my shell and getting things done. Road trips to see new things, getting my first tattoo, and exploring new foods. This summer Megan and I achieved making beef wellington from scratch. It was the longest meal we have ever attempted but it was so great spending time laughing and saying "screw that, we are going it our own way". She will be missed and always loved.

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Kaitlin Maloziec published a tribute .

Megan was a wonderful colleague and friend. I had the honor of working with her in Livingston County. Her can-do and always positive attitude left a lasting mark on me. She had a passion to help anyone achieve their goals, a passion to help the broader community, and a passion to help young people. The world is a better place because of her.

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Cheryl Whitten published a tribute .

I am heartbroken to hear about your loss Debbie. Sending prayers and love

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Julie Foye published a tribute .

Debbie and Tom, I am so saddened to be reading this. My thoughts and prayers are with you ❤️.

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Karen Resmer published a tribute .

Debbie & Coach- We are so sorry for your loss. Loved hearing the stores about Megan’s adventures over the years. May she Rest In Peace.

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Carol Fisk published a tribute .

In our hearts and memories forever!
Love Katie and Carol

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