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Virginia Suzanne Palmer

December 4, 1944 — January 2, 2024


Virginia Suzanne (Buckley) Palmer, aka Ginny Palmer, died on January 2, 2024, after fighting Cancer for nine months. Virginia was born in Oklahoma City on December 4, 1944. She attended Harding High School in Oklahoma City, graduating in 1962. While at Harding she performed with the Harding High School Band as a Baton Twirler. She attended and graduated from College at Central State College, "Now the University of Central Oklahoma, in Edmond. She pledged and became a member of PI DELTA EPSILON sorority. In addition to her studies, Virginia tried out for and became a "Cheer Leader", was elected by the student body in 1963 to be "Miss Central State College", participated in the "Miss Oklahoma Pageant", and In 1966, entered and won a College "Calendar Girl" contest sponsored by her sorority.

Virginia worked in the office of the then Oklahoma Insurance Commissioners, Joe B. Hunt, while attending college, and after college, where she became the Fireman's and Policemen's Pension Auditor. While there, she and her sister Barbara, who also worked in that office, traveled to Washington DC representing the Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner's office, and attended the "Presidents Invitation Hiring of the Handicapped" event.

After Virginia graduated from college, desiring to teach school, she entered a graduate program at the University of Oklahoma, earning a Master's Degree in History. She taught High School at Western Heights High School in Oklahoma City, and later taught History at Rose State College, in Midwest City. Virginia attended and completed Law School at the Oklahoma City University School of Law, earning a Doctorate Degree in Law in 1979. After graduating from law school, she entered the private practice of Law with her Husband, Rod Palmer. She continued in the private practice of law with her husband for over 44 years. Virginia was diagnosed with Cancer in March of 2023 and died nine months later from the Cancer.

Virginia actively participated as an officer in two Animal Welfare Organizations," Oklahoma Citizens for Animals" aka "OCA" and "Volunteers for Animal Welfare" aka "VAW". She was one of the founders of "VAW" which she and others formed to adopt out Oklahoma City Animal Shelter animals, before the Animal Shelter started its own adoption program. She appeared before the Oklahoma City Council on behalf of these organizations on several occasions, on one occasion pointing out to the City Council their liability to pet owners in enacting an Ordinance requiring the City to hold impounded Cats for the same time periods as Dogs before euthanizing them, then failing to provide facilities to carry out the Ordinance. She also worked behind the scenes providing animal friendly legislation proposals to City Council members, who supported animal friendly legislation, and was instrumental in obtaining the passage of that legislation.

Virginia was pre-deceased by her father, Henry Allen Buckley, her mother Elizabeth Josephine Buckley, her two brothers William Charles Buckley "Bill", and Henry Allen Buckley Jr, "Pat", her sister Barbara Jo Buckley, and Niece, Tamara Taylor Krise. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Gail Rodney Palmer Jr. aka "Rod Palmer", nieces, Shelly Taylor, Kathy Buckley, Kelly Buckley, Karen Hill, Kimberly Seals, and Heather Buckley, nephew Kent Buckley, Stephen Krise, husband of Tamara Taylor Krise, and his mother Ruth Krise.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Tuesday, January 16, 2024

11:00am - 6:00 pm (Central time)

OK Cremation and Funeral Home Chapel

2415 North Walnut Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73105

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Funeral Service

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

Westminster Presbyterian Church

4400 N. Shartel Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73118

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Wednesday, January 17, 2024

1:00 - 1:30 pm (Central time)

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