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Mryna Sue Nickerson


Mryna Sue Nickerson Palm 1935~2020 Mryna Palm passed away on June 10, 2020. She was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Paul met Myrna while taking a dance lesson at Arthur Murrays Dance Studio where she was an instructor. It was a love connection and they were married on July 22, 1956. Myrna showed love to people as a volunteer at community and church events, as an Awana leader, a Sunday school teacher, Vacation Bible School teacher and involved mom. Perhaps her most interesting community service were the years that she played the “Safety Bee” (dressing in tights, a bee costume and antennas) in local schools teaching children basic safety lessons through humor and creativity.

Everyone commented that Myrna never met a stranger and she would know everything about them when the conversation was done. She valued people over things. Myrna loved her family well and with enthusiasm. She had a true green thumb and could be found watering her plants outside barefoot and telling stories to all of her grandchildren. By far, the biggest joys in her life were her three children and her 13 grandchildren.

“She was a beautiful Godly compassionate person who gave us laughter, love, and many wonderful memories.” She loves to laugh and was never offended no matter how extreme the humor. It was impossible to shock her. She was a fan of odd humor and science fiction movies and shows.

And let’s not forget that Myrna and Paul started the Palm School of Dance and could always wow a room even in the most recent years. When Myrna went into “dance mode” with her neck extended, back straight and full smile we knew the show was about to begin. Her creativity shined through ballroom dance.

Myrna worked as a bookkeeper to the family financial advisory firm and as a “caregiver” and personal assistant to 42 elderly ladies. She treated them as if they were family and acted as a liaison between them and their children who often lived far away. Her attention to detail made her very well respected and trusted in this important service to the elderly.

She was survived by husband of 65 years Paul Palm, her son John Palm and his wife Melanie, daughter Mary Joy and her husband Corey, daughter in law Julie Palm, and 13 grandchildren: Hannah Palm Johnson and husband Wes, Sarah Joy, Ellie Palm, Josh Joy and wife Abby, Claudia Palm, Eli Joy, Jake Palm, Clay Palm, Warren Palm, Ian Palm, Izzie Joy, Will Palm, and Ben Palm.

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