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Evelyn Voss Palm would be the first person to say she had a wonderful life. She died peacefully after a brief illness, with her family at her side, on Monday November 28, 2016. She was married to her first love, Floyd Palm, for 63 years. They built their house with their own hands in 1946 and they lived there for the rest of their lives.
Evelyn was the daughter of Charles Haigh Voss and Sarah Pore Voss. She graduated from Rockford Central High School, Class of 1938, and from Rockford College, Class of 1942, with a degree in mathematics, and spent World War II working at Woodward Governor doing aerodynamic analyses of airplanes in flight. Evelyn later taught mathematics in the Rockford Public High Schools, where she started the math program for the new gifted academy at Auburn High School. For over 60 years, she was an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Church and the League of Women Voters. Evelyn was committed to improving educational opportunities for the Rockford community including serving on the committee that established Rock Valley College.
She will be dearly missed by her four loving daughters, Margaret Wyatt, Sally Larson, Libby Joyce, and Susan Lynch, and their families; 10 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; 4 siblings, James Voss, Shirley Henley Philon, Sally Trefz, and Dorothy Baits; and their spouses; many nieces and nephews; and many others who were fortunate to have known her.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, at the Unitarian Universalist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4848 Turner St. Rockford, IL 61107 or to the Natural Land Institute, 320 South Third St. Rockford, IL 61104.

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  1. Judy Smith Young

    Aunt Evie, as I knew her, was a dear friend of my mother, Charlotte Smith Bode, from the days when they attended Rockford College together in the 1940's. Evie and Charlotte shared a passionate interest in politics and history, and had long conversations about Adlai Stevenson and other favorites. Evie was a stalwart supporter of our whole family among other friends, and she will be widely missed. She will be remembered for her keen mind, and for the great heart that led her to teach math in a poor school for years. I'm grateful to have known Evie. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family and with her friends.

  2. Tony Smith

    When I picture your mother, she is always laughing. There are few people who enjoyed life more thoroughly. Our best to her and to all of you.

  3. Colleen Holmbeck

    For the family of Evelyn Voss Palm--- When my husband and I returned to Rockford many years ago, I found that I knew few women who shared my interest in government, politics, and ideas. When I found the League of Women Voters, I found women like Evie who enthusiastically shared these interests. She had a brilliant mind, a healthy curiosity, and a kind of stubborn individuality that I admired. Like her, I, too, became a 50-year member of this great organization. As our friend Vivian Hickey slowly moved toward her death at 100 in California, I became again in touch with Evie when I passed on information about Vivian from her son. I found that Evie was on the same journey with her typical courage---and her determination to stay in her own home. Now she, too, has died and I want all of you to know that I join many others who admired her enormously and who are sorry that she is gone. Sincerely, Colleen Holmbeck


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