NOBLEBORO and DOVER-FOXCROFT – Zilpha G. Palmer, 86, affectionately known as “Bunny,” died April 21, 2008, surrounded by her loving family and caregivers, at her home of recent years in Dover-Foxcroft. She was born March 3, 1922, in Newcastle, the daughter of Lillian L. Guptill. Bunny attended local schools and graduated from Lincoln Academy, Class of 1939, and graduated from Nasson College. She was active in several local organizations including Miles Memorial Hospital League. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Nobleboro, where she taught vacation Bible school to children for many years. She enjoyed working at Margo Moore’s Clothing Shop, Damariscotta. She and her husband owned and operated Come Again Gift Shop, Damariscotta, for several years. The center of her life, however, was her family, which she dearly loved, nurtured and gave to unconditionally. She enjoyed her flower gardens and the beauty of her natural surroundings. She was a devoted partner in her husband’s business and well-known political career. Bunny was predeceased by her mother, Lillian L. Guptill; and an aunt, Marion L. Carter. She is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Hon. Linwood E. Palmer Jr.; a son, Linwood E. Palmer III and his loving friend, Norma, of Nobleboro; daughter, Cartha P. Smith and her husband, Douglas M. Smith, of Dover-Foxcroft; and daughter, Beth P. Smith and her husband, Dennis R. Smith, of Sangerville; grandchildren, Kendra L. Palmer of South Portland, Deron P. Smith of Bangor, Amy R. Smith of Hermon, Erin L. Smith and husband, Garrett A. Smith, of Dover-Foxcroft, Benjamin N. Smith of Bangor and Kaitlin P. Smith of Sangerville; one great-granddaughter, Ella L. Smith of Dover-Foxcroft; two sisters-in-law, Alice Scott and Elizabeth Palmer; and several nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind her loving caregivers, Cathy Campbell, Kelly Morin, Angel Stevens, Terry Taylor, Cheryl Parkman, Julie Moonlight, Tanya Robinson, Sara Campbell and Carol Wing. A memorial service will be conducted 1 p.m. Monday, April 28, at First Baptist Church with Pastor James Colley officiating. She will be laid to rest at Dunbar Cemetery, Nobleboro. Gifts in memory of Bunny may be made to Nobleboro Baptist Church, care of Adney Peck, 85 Winslow Hill Road, Nobleboro, ME 04555. Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Strong Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 612 Main St., Damariscotta.