Anita M. PalmerJuly 27, 1932 ~ September 29, 2017 (age 85)
Anita M. Casey Palmer – Was born on July 27, 1932 the
third child of Blanch Taylor and Phillip Casey Sr. whom
both preceeded her in death. Other preceeding family
members include grandparents Andrew, and Ida Casey,
Charles Taylor of Oxford MS. Lydia Scribner-Taylor of
Saint Louis MS. Mrs. Palmer’s brother Phillip Casey Jr.
and Sister Ernestine L. Moss. whom also preceeded her.
From the union of Andrew and Ida Casey came Phillip
Casey Sr. (Anita’s Father), Rae Casey (Aunt), and Arthur
Mrs. Palmer was married for over 40 years to Mr. Arthur
J. (Bantu) Palmer who was known for his visionary ideas
and promotion of African- American culture, political
health, and business in the Portland area. While Mr.
Palmer had the vision, Mrs. Palmer was the glue to keep
the vision together. While no children resulted in this
marriage, both Anita and Arthur treated the children each
brought to the union like their own.
Mrs. Palmer had two sons from the union of Jimmy Abel,
a previous marriage, Ronald Wayne Abel of Portland Oregon
deceased, and Melvin G. Abel Sr. and many nieces, nephews,
grandchildren and great-grandchildren that
continue to celebrate her life. Along with a large family
Anita had one living elementary school friend including
Mrs. Caroline White of Chicago IL. While other close
friends such as Edwina Gonzalez and Mable Smith her Ace
Working as a nurse at Emanuel Hospital for a number of
years, and then becoming a social worker for the State of Oregon.
Anita was a strong business leader in the N.E.
community operating New Rose City Cab Company
for over 45 years alongside her husband. Anita was
known for her “sayings”, here are a few that family
members wanted to share.
Common sense and self-control.
Roll with the punches “ In Life”.
One monkey never stopped a show.
That child -doesn’t have a pot to piss in – nor a
window to throw it out of.
A winner never quits and a quitter never wins.
One day you’ll understand- Bye and Bye
This too shall pass.
Never let the things you want make you forget the
things you have.
Always give your best, no matter what the job is.
What a difference a day makes.
Better take those lemons and enjoy some lemonade.
I’m not going to let these things worry me.
There’s a difference between a want and a need.
You better quit all that ring’n and twist’n.
“Seasoning” This drink could use a little.
You milk the cow- and then kick the bucket of milk
“Swoofy” (Adj.) When your dressed clean, smell’n
good and you’ve got a classy vibe going.