Bonnie Palmer Letson, 63, of Watertown was called home to join the Lord Thursday night. She died at her home in the presence of her family under the care of Hospice of Jefferson County and her dearest friend Beverly Dalton following a fight with pancreatic cancer.
Born Bonnie Diana Palmer, the daughter of Donald R. and Marion Horning Palmer, she was a 1968 graduate of Adams Center Adams Central School. She went on to attend the Crouse Irving School of Nursing in Syracuse, NY and graduated in 1971 as a Registered Nurse.
In 1976 she married Fred L. Letson of Phoenix, NY with which she had many joyous years of companionship. From 1980 until her husbands death in 1990 Bonnie, Fred and their son Fredric wintered in Summerfield, FL and spent summers at her familys cottage on Howes Shore in Sackets Harbor, NY.
While in Florida Bonnie volunteered with the Marion County Public Schools and after moving home to New York in 1992 she served as a substitute school nurse for the South Jefferson and Sackets Harbor school districts.
Bonnie later joined the ranks of the Jefferson County Public Health Service as a home health nurse.
Following a somewhat serious on-the-job car accident in the 1990s, while working for Jefferson County Public Health, a New York State Trooper on the scene asked her if she needed help. She replied I need to get a rental car. Im late and my patients need me! This shines as one example of the manner in which Bonnie dedicated her life to helping others. She will always be remembered as a nurse that embodied compassion, understanding and professionalism. Bonnie retired from Jefferson County Public Health in 2009 after fifteen years of service.
Survivors include her son, Fredric Letson of Watertown, NY; a brother Mark Palmer of Flagler Beach, FL; her sisters Pamela Palmer Solan (Jeffrey) of Myrtle Beach, SC and Nancy Palmer Elliott (James) of Watertown as well as many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews.
Arrangements have been made through Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Watertown. A funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 am Tuesday, October 30th at Our Lady of Sacred Heart Church.
Memorial donations may be made to The Sisters of St. Joseph 1425 Washington St. Watertown, NY 13601 or Our Lady of Sacred Heart Church 320 W Lynde St. Watertown, NY 13601
Online condolences may be made at www.reedbenoit.com.