Nancy D. Palmer

July 22, 1939 - August 26, 2020

Nancy D. Palmer, age 81, of New Castle, DE, passed away peacefully at home after a courageous battle with cancer on August 26, 2020.

Born in Edgemoor, DE, on July 22, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Lola Stapleford, Sr.

Nancy grew up as a tomboy. She was a faithful friend, who always had a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on. Nancy would make you laugh with her quick wit and easy going personality. She was a good soul and a rare treasure we hold dear to our hearts.

Nancy loved life as a full-time mom and homemaker. She enjoyed vacations traveling with her husband. Nancy loved nature and the simple things. She enjoyed cooking and baking. Christmas will never be the same without her gingerbread cookies. Nancy was an avid fan of the Philadelphia sports teams, and bled green for her Eagles. She also enjoyed watching boxing and NASCAR, rooting for Dale Earnhardt, Sr. and Jr. Nancy was a forever fan of the late golfing legend Arnold Palmer, naming a son after him. Interested in politics, she was a true Democrat, hoping to cast her vote in November for Delaware’s Presidential candidate, Joe Biden.

In addition to her parents Nancy was preceded in death by her beloved brother, Robert Stapleford, Jr. and close relatives, Nancy Ball and Alice Stapleford. She is survived by her hard working, dedicated, and loving husband of 62 years, Leslie R Palmer, Sr.; children, Debra Raymond (Tom), Della Sheppard, Leslie Palmer, Jr. ( Lanita) and Arnold Palmer (Coleen); grandchildren, Daniel Mace, Kenneth Mace, Sara Henderson ( William), Blake, Andrew Palmer (AJ), Kevin Palmer, Daniel Palmer ( Madeleine), Olivia Palmer ( Livvy), Jaiden Palmer, Alanna Palmer, and Matthew Palmer; and great grandchildren, Madeliene, Isabella and Chase.

Mom Mom Nancy loved all of her grandchildren and greats. Her smile would light up the room when she bragged about their accomplishments. Nancy was a proud mom mom who enjoyed every moment spent with and talking to her grands. She will always be our sunshine; cherished and remembered fondly.

Services and interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Nancy’s memory to the American Cancer Society, 92 Read’s Way, Suite 205, New Castle, DE 19720.


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6 Condolences for Nancy D. Palmer

  • Thank you mom mom for always being there for each of us . We will miss and love you always with all our hearts. Please watch over us and know how much you mean to us all. I will cherish our memories and remember you fondly.

  • Aunt Nancy you will be very missed. You we’re momma’s best friend and my favorite aunt. RIP

  • So sorry for your loss, everyone. All the love, light and peace. Mae is my mom. Im thinking about all of you and offer all the support during this time.

  • She was the most loving, nurturing, and supportive mom. She always made time to listen, give advice and then encourage us to make our decisions.

    She made the best gingerbread cookies and raisin cake!

    She loved flowers and horses.

    She gave the best hugs.

    She took advantage of evey opportunity to tell us she loved us with all her heart and she was proud of us.

    She will be missed every day.

  • Sending my deepest condolences to you all. May God bless 🙏 yous with His peace and comfort during this time of bereavement in Sharon’s passing. I am so blessed 🙌 to have had her in my life for over 33yrs. She was closer to me than my own biological sisters. Sharon was one of a kind sister-friend and she is missed 😢 already. God bless 🙏 you all.

  • I sure did enjoy those ginger bread cookies every christmas and Nancy’s smile that came with them.