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Paula Palmer Obituary (1950 – 2022) – Riverton, UT

Paula Maurine Cushing Palmer


Paula Maurine Cushing Palmer, our beautiful wife, mother, grandmother and friend passed away on January 28, 2022 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Paula was born on December 7, 1950 to Paul Vernon Cushing and Va’Leen Gunn Cushing. Paula was an only child and spent most of her early life in the East Millcreek area of ​​Salt Lake City, where she attended Highland High School and graduated in 1969.

On December 29, 1968, Paula met Wain Palmer when she was a senior in high school. They continued to date, and shortly after graduating, they took the train to Grand Junction, Colorado, where they had lunch in Lincoln Park. This is where they fell in love and their story began.

On November 24, 1969, she married the love of her life, Wain Palmer, in the Salt Lake City Temple where they were sealed for time and eternity.

In 1971 they moved to Long Beach, California for a short time before returning to Salt Lake City where they would eventually settle down and start their family.

Murray City is where all of her children were raised and would later move to Riverton in 2000 where she lived the last 22 years of her life.

Because she was an only child, she really valued her friendships more than most. She was always so proud to maintain friendships with her lifelong friends who went back to elementary school: Susan, Pat, Linda, Nanette, Kristin and Randy.

She befriended all of her customers she sold Avon to for over 20 years and befriended people on the special needs bus where she worked as an aide for several years. There were two friends, later in life, with whom she was particularly close; Sue and Jody. Sue just died of cancer and maybe her best friend was Jody.

She also had the best sisters-in-law and often spoke of how lucky she was to marry into a family that had seven sons so she could have six sisters.

She loved her children unconditionally and taught each of them good principles and values ​​and what to look for in a spouse. She was a great role model for her children and made life so fun and easy. She enjoyed spending one-on-one time with each of her children as they grew up, usually lunch dates or “just goofin”, a term she used for shopping.

Paula was known for her beauty, but surprisingly, she didn’t know it. She was incredibly beautiful until the end, but it didn’t stop there. She was smart, kind, determined, caring, the ultimate mother hen, and fiercely loyal.

She was also known for her strong opinions and her strength was immeasurable. She had a great sense of humor and compassion for anyone struggling in life. She was very sarcastic and even sometimes a little dry. She was a bit of a joker, but she had incredible grace. She was a faithful wife and a loving mother and grandmother. She was the DAMN WHOLE PACKAGE!!

In Paula’s own written words, she said: “I am so lucky to have had my five wonderful children and a wonderful husband. I want my children to know that I have learned that I have found a brand new great family doing genealogy. They were wonderful people. Family means everything. That’s all that really matters. I’m proud of the stories of my ancestors as well as my own family; and one day your children, your children, your children will read about us. Thank you to my wonderful husband, friend and father of our children for helping me find my FAMILY.”

She is survived by her husband, Wain, her 5 children; Bryan, Ben, Dustin, Alyson and Nathan; and 12 greatly blessed grandchildren, Destri, Nate, BreAnn, Riley, Gavin, Oliver, Grayson, Anniston, Presley, Sloane, Dawson and Beckham.

She was predeceased by her father, Paul Cushing; his mother, Va’Leen Cushing, and his in-laws Merlin and Elna Palmer.

Your song may be over, but your melody will last forever…

Please join us in celebrating Paula’s life at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 5, 2022, at Larkin Mortuary Riverton, 3688 West 12600 South, Riverton, UT. A visitation will be held at the same place on Friday evening, February 4, 2022, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., as well as the Saturday before the funeral from 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Riverton Cemetery.

Funeral services will be streamed via Zoom for those unable to attend or wish to attend virtually. To view services, please visit

Published by Deseret News February 2-3, 2022.